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January 19, 2011 California Commentary What Jerry Didn't Say About Prop. 13 by Jon Coupal There is said to be a policy in newsrooms that can be summarized by the phrase, "If it bleeds it leads." Anyone who has ever turned on the television and found every over-the-air channel dominated by live coverage of a freeway chase, with its potential for mayhem, knows what this means. This may help explain why some in the media were salivating last week over comments Gov. Jerry Brown made about Prop 13, with an apparent expectation that the result will be a politically bloody conflict with supporters of the tax limiting measure. But for those of us who take threats to Proposition 13 very, very seriously, we do not accept inflammatory headlines at face value. We prefer to digest and parse what the governor actually said. First, Jerry Brown did not say he wanted to repeal Proposition 13. In fact, he acknowledged that Prop 13 is not the problem. His point was that state government consolidated its power to the detriment of local governments after Prop 13. It is our view that Prop 13 did not cause this and there are cogent arguments in support of our position. (As it relates to education spending, the Serrano series of court opinions was the primary -- if not sole -- cause of transferring power to Sacramento). If anything, Proposition 13 just provided an excuse so that empire building Sacramento lawmakers could indulge their lust for power. But if the governor wants to talk about giving locals more control, that is a worthy discussion. Many fiscal conservatives -- ourselves included -- are a bit more sympathetic to local governments than we are to the state. It is a tenet of conservative political philosophy to divest political power to that level closest to the people, assuming it can be accomplished effectively. (e.g., Alpine County has no business having a Navy). However, the key to a successful plan to transfer responsibility for programs to local governments is to make the transfer of the required funds concomitant -- putting local officials in the position of having to push for tax increases is not acceptable. Taxpayers remain on guard, acutely aware that many of the Reduced governor's allies -especially the public employee unions who represent the highest paid government workers in all 50 states - would like to injure Proposition 13. Californians should not allow the bleating and pleading from the Sacramento establishment to divert them from recognizing that ours is already a high tax state. A several year old study from the Center for Government Analysis shows that California governments at all levels have more money, after adjusting for inflation and population growth, than they did prior to the passage of Proposition 13. And a new report from the Census Bureau shows that last year the state spent last year almost $7,000 for every man woman and child in the state. Even though there has been a decline in government revenue over the past few years, it is a decline that is the direct result of taxpayers having less, not anything resulting from Proposition 13. If anything, Proposition 13 has aided local governments because its acquisition value system provides a reservoir of taxable value, meaning that even in hard times the decline in revenue is modest compared to other taxes like those on sales and income. So, while some major media outlets would love to promote a story that says the governor is taking on Prop 13, he is not stupid. Voters rejected the Prop 1A special election tax increase less than two years ago and, more recently, rejected a modest tax proposal for parks as well as rejecting an effort to repeal special corporate tax breaks. In this environment, even the most committed statist would conclude that a direct attack on Prop 13 would make Pickett's charge at Gettysburg look like military genius. For now, we will wait to see his plan while remaining on full alert. If Brown seeks to give locals more taxing authority, or promote any other measure to dilute Proposition 13's taxpayer protections, the gloves come off. Jon Coupal is president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association -- California's largest grass-roots taxpayer organization dedicated to the protection of Proposition 13 and the advancement of taxpayers' rights. No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century. -- Mark Twain Week y SUDOKU by Linda Thistle 5 8 9 3 1 6 4 9 5 7 7 6 2 9 1 4 6 4 8 1 5 8 3 1 4 8 2 6 3 2 Place a number in the empty boxes in such a way that each row across, each column down and each small 9-box square contains all of the numbers from one to nine. DIFFICULTY THIS WEEK: *. * Moderate ** Challenging *** HOO BOY! 2011 King Features Synd., Inc. As Heard On The Streets Of Julim by Eric Stamets Michael Vick Wants A Dog Michael Vick was in the news again recently, because his team was in the NFL playoffs and he said he would like to own a dog again someday, although he can't have one yet because of the conditions of his release. He has already spent eighteen months in jail because of his treatment of dogs and is playing football on parole. Admit it. You were appalled and at least a little outraged when you heard this news a few years ago. I even expected some foreign government to declare that Michael Vick was worse than Hitler. Everybody from the most liberal Democrat to the most conservative Republican was united in deploring this atrocity and I want to thank Michael Vick for briefly uniting all Americans. But the Cedar Fire killed 15 people and the perpetrator, who admittedly, just stupidly rather than maliciously set the fire, will spend no time in an actual jail cell. Don't you think that Michael Vick's treatment of dogs was also stupid? So that you don't start immediately arguing and miss the point, let's put the mismanagement of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan and the lamentabJe and unnecessary loss of American soldiers aside. How can anybody not realize that Saddam Hussein and his sons and aI-Qaeda and the Taliban treated people like Michael Vick treated dogs. Who would possibly put a stop to this? Unfortunately, only the United States government (without the support of 70% of its dog lovers) and a few token allies, rather than the whole world of united civil people. The treatment of people like Michael Vick treated dogs continues by various groups that we are fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan today. Let's drum up some politically broad-based home support for our military men and women and righteous outrage for what aI-Qaeda does in Iraq and Pakistan or the Taliban does in Afghanistan. Let's find someone in aI-Qaeda or the Taliban that killed a dog and show them we will pursue them mercilessly for that crime (we'll even send out the D.A.). We'll let them out on Sunday and some big guys in football uniforms will smear them all over the carpet. R.ED. ACROSS 1 Peculiar 4 Bikini half 7 Poet Angelou 11 Satirical comic Sahl 13 "-- the ramparts 14 Mid-month date 15 Celebrity 16 Witty one 17 Last year's frosh 18 Skewered entree 20 Mineral hardness scale name 22 Apprehend 24 Toy (with) 28 Sheriff 32 Did a cobbler's job The Julian News 13 MOU00I00W HOMES. CABINS. LAND. RENTALS PROPERTY MANAGEMENT. 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The earliest known examples of drinking straws were created out of gold and lapis lazuli by the ancient Sumerians. It seems they were used by royalty to drink beer, thereby avoiding the yeast residue left over from the fermentation process. It takes 450 skilled workers to create a Steinway grand piano -- and the piano is made up of about 12,000 individual parts. If you are like 83 percent of adult Americans, you received a gift you didn't want during the recent holiday season. If you're a heavy coffee drinker, you might want to consider the following: A study conducted in the United Kingdom found that those who reported the highest consumption of caffeine also were more likely to report hallucinations and other extrasensory experiences. The Campbell's Soup portraits created by Andy Warhol have become icons of the Pop Art movement, and today they sell at auction for upward of $10 million. They weren't always so well-regarded, however; in 1962, actor Dennis Hopper (a visionary art collector, it seems) purchased one of the first examples for a mere $75. Thought for the Day: '7 have known a vast quantity of nonsense talked about bad men not looking you in the face. Don't trust that conventional idea. Dishonesty will stare honesty out of countenance, any day in the week, if there is anything to be got by it." -- Charles Dickens (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc. --  Crord - Answers Solution time: 21 mins. Weekly SUDOKU Answer It E 6 Z 9 L S 8  9 8 L  Z ! 6 8 Z L t S 6 9 i L 9 8  i t 6 t L 8 t 6 Z  8 9 6 g L 9 fl S L t 9 9 Z t  6 L g g tt S 9 6 L 8 g Z 6 L g 9 L t 9  Least-Ticketed Vehicles 1. Buick Rainier 2. Mazda Tribute 3. Chevy C/K pickup 4. Kia Spectra 5. Buick Lacrosse 6. Saturn Aura Hybrid 7. Oldsmobile Silhouette 8. Chevrolet Uplander 9. Hyundai Tucson lO. Pontiac Vibe Source: Quality Planning @ 2011 by King Features Syndicate, Inc. World rights reserved.