The passage of Proposition 30 was not only a deeply personal triumph for Gov. Jerry Brown, who spent the last several weeks campaigning furiously for his tax-hike initiative. It was also a symbolic end to a 34-year period in California history, which began when the state's voters stoked anti-tax prairie fires across the nation by passing Proposition 13.
But as Proposition 30 began to cruise toward victory late Tuesday night, Brown found himself the beneficiary of an unexpected gift: Democrats had likely captured a two-thirds majority of both chambers of the Legislature, at once turning the Republicans into an irrelevant minority.
It was a remarkable turn of events. Only a couple of days ago, Brown's tax-hike measure seemed headed toward defeat, and his legacy was in doubt. But now the reign of the 74-year-old governor was suddenly rejuvenated -- though at the same time facing new dangers inherent in one-party rule.
"As is always the case with newfound political power, there's a question of restraint vs. excess," said Bill Whalen, a Hoover Institution fellow and top aide to former Gov. Pete Wilson. "Christmas came early for the Democrats, or Halloween came late: So do they eat all their candy, or do they take a more sensible approach?"
Ethan Rarick, director of the Matsui Center at UC Berkeley's Institute of Governmental Studies, said "the logical area where they might overreach is taxes and spending. But now that they have the ability to do what voters just did for them, I don't think they will raise taxes."
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Super majorities give California Democrats power to tax
What happens when you throw coke heads into a room with a pile of Cocaine in the middle. The same thing now that the California Dems can do whatever they want and I hope they do. Drive that state into the ground.