Arnold’s April Fool’s Day for taxpayers

I always opposed Arnold’s political career, beginning with his pet initiative in 2002, Prop. 49,  that goosed spending $500 million. He claimed that, for every $1 spent on the new programs, $3 would be saved for taxpayers.

Ever hear of a government program that worked that way? If that’s the way things worked, Obama’s $2 trillion “bailout” ripoff would be “saving” us $6 trillion — leading to the total elimination of taxes. Government “spending” that “saves” tax money is the ultimate perpetual motion machine.

In 2003, Arnold promised to oppose all new taxes, and was elected governor. In 2006, voters put him back in office. I opposed him every time, knowing he was just an Austrian socialist who married into American royalty, the socialist Kennedy family.

April Fool!

Now here we are, April Fool’s Day 2009, and his $12.5 billion in massive tax increases is kicking in. The average family will pay a couple thousand dollars more in taxes every year — unless they leave the state. I expect a large number will, further reducing the tax base — and leading to yet more tax increases. Our sales and income taxes, already the highest in Amerika, now are even higher.

To paraphrase Joni Mitchell, Arnold tore down paradise and put up a massive tax state.

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About John Seiler

I was an editorial writer at The Orange County Register for 19 years, until I took a buyout in 2006.