A “temporary” tax increase? If Californians fall for this, they deserve it.
Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.
— H. L. Mencken
Yeah, Mencken got it, long ago. And Dr. Friedman was on the case.
Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program.
— Dr. Milton Friedman
Jerry Brown’s plea to voters: ‘Please increase taxes temporarily’ – latimes.com: SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown released a plan to close California’s rapidly growing deficit by switching state offices to a four-day week, slashing welfare benefits and healthcare for the poor and relying on a variety of short-term fixes — all in the hopes that voters will give the state some breathing room by raising taxes in November. The governor, who unveiled his revised budget proposal in the Capitol on Monday, is facing a nearly $16-billion budget gap, far larger than the $9.2 billion he predicted in January. He warned that the deficit could grow significantly if voters reject his proposed ballot measure to raise the state sales tax and income levies on the wealthy.