The headline on the front page of the Sacramento Bee said it all: "Brown jubilant; Dems may gain full tax power." Gov. Jerry Brown was thrilled that his massive tax increase (Prop. 30) passed by a significant majority. Brown took the chance to blast the "Kool-Aid of the market ideologues." Instead, the state's voters drank the Kool-Aid of those who argue that the state should not cut back on the six-figure compensation packages of public "servants," but should instead hike taxes. But even more disturbing than the passage of this "temporary" tax -- any bets on whether it will ever go away? -- is the second part of that headline.
Final vote counts will determine if the Democrats have a two-thirds legislative majority -- enough to ensure that they can raise taxes early and often, thus making Prop. 30 just the first step in a cycle of tax and spend. The latest coverage makes that supermajority almost certain. At least now Democrats will have to live with the consequences of their votes, but so will the rest of. My wife and I love California, but she asked me today whether we should move to Nevada or Texas. We're not the only ones glancing at Movoto this morning. The public employee unions got some pushback over the past few months but re-exerted their control over California.