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March 11, 2009 California Commentary . . Proposition 1A: Keeping Taxpayers in the Dark by Jon Coupal All those who favor putting the breaks on Sacramento's ability to overspend, please raise your hands. I see that is most of you. Those against? I see a couple of public employee union bosses over in the corner are opposed. Well those Sacramento politicians who made a "deal" last month to resolve the budget process with a tax increase that will cost the typical California family over $1,100, are offering another deal they hope will appeal to the majority of you. What they are offering is Proposition 1A on the May 19 Special Election ballot. 1A is being promoted as a spending limit that will compel those under the Capitol dome to behave responsibly. If taxpayers are wary of any offer of reform coming from those who have behaved so irresponsibly that they have run up a $42 billion deficit, their suspicions are justified. Masked behind a weak spending limit - the limit goes up with each and every tax increase - is a two year extension of the massive tax increase that was supposed to expire in two years, doubling the damage to California taxpayers. So anxious is Senate leader, and number one tax cheerleader, Darrell Steinberg to see that this measure passes, he selected a pro-tax colleague, Sen. Loni Hancock to draft the official ballot argument against a measure that extends taxes. What's wrong with this picture? To select Hancock, Steinberg rejected an argument submitted by anti-tax lawmakers, Senator Bob Dutton and Assemblyman Chuck DeVore along with the president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, Jon Coupal (that's me). Here is what makes this those who would like to keep adult citizens in the dark, like mushrooms, and feed them fertilizer, here is the accurate ballot argument against Proposition 1A that was submitted by Senator Dutton, Assemblyman DeVore and me: WARNING TO VOTERS: THIS IS A TAX INCREASE! A two-thirds vote of the Legislature and the signature of the governor have made California the highest taxed state in the nation -- at least for the next two years. Proposition 1A will extend these taxes for an additional two years costing taxpayers another $20 billion. The already approved tax increase will cost a typical California family more than $1,100 annually. We will be paying higher sales taxes, which hits low income residents the hardest. We will be paying a higher car tax, which hits everyone who must drive to work. We will be paying higher income taxes which hurt everyone. We will see a reduction in the tax credit for dependents, costing California families $200 per child. Proposition 1A extends all these taxes well into the future in return for meaningless "budget reform." Meaningless? Yes, Meaningless.. Under Proposition 1A, every time taxes are raised, the so-called spending cap can be adjusted upward. Where's the spending discipline in that? Proposition 1A is not budget reform; it is a massive $20 billion tax increase! Vote NO! Senator, Bob Dutton 31st Senate District Assembly Member, Chuck DeVore 70th Assembly District process a farce, and a scary .... , Jon Coupal, president one at that. As a result of Howard Jarvis Steinberg's selection of Hancock Taxpayers Association. as the author of the argument against, the word "taxes" will Jon Coupal is President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers not appear anywhere in the Association--California's largest official arguments for or against taxpayer organization -- which Proposition 1A. is dedicated to the protection of So in the interest of full Proposition 13 and promoting disclosure, and to confound taxpayers' rights. R.ED. THAT SEEMS LIKE A I10 WAGTE OF TIME, N WELL, CIND%% 6OTTSTQING AEK)Lrr EV'R- T41NG 15EIN' "DErcE". N by Mike Marland [J R'-r's Rwoot,: ,rz 1 l EE, II I,OGT6OIqNATIROWFFIN il " -rM s'rov u } t , 1 Week y SUDOKU by Linda Thistle 5 7 9 6 2 7 4 8 5 3 2 9 7 7 6 6 5 8 6 3 5 5 9 8 1 2 7 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 BOYI 2009 King Features Synd., Inc. The Julian News 11 Recommended Readina "We Can Have Peace in the Holy Land: A Plan That Will Work" by Jimmy Carter (Simon & Schuster, $27) Reviewed by Larry Cox Jimmy Carter, the 39th president of the United States and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, sees the current conflict in the Holy Land as a rare opportunity to achieve peace in the Middle East. In his new book, Carter presents a practical, balanced approach in finding common ground between the Israelis and the Palestinians. He is convinced that this is a unique time for hope, not despair, and points out that President Barack Obama has promised that he will make a personal effort for Middle East peace talks beginning early in his administration. Carter sees a genuine two- state !sraeli-Palestinian solution that, if successful, could lead to progress throughout the Middle East with problems such as the war in Iraq, the radicalization of Muslims and the possibility of a nuclear-armed Iran. Carter, who has studied the region for decades, thinks the United States can shape a comprehensive peace effort by re-engaging the two powers in the Holy Land. Carter points out there are many issues to be addressed. For example, the basic framework for peace must include a demilitarized Palestinian state with Israel defense forces replaced by a mutual security force to prevent future violence. There also must be mutually accepted land swaps, a sharing of Jerusalem, the right of Palestinians to return to the West Bank and Gaza, and compensation for those with proven claims in Israel. Finally, Palestine and Israel must recognize the mutual right to live side-by-side in peace. In "We Can Have Peace in the Holy Land," Carter presents a compelling blend of personal and political memoir, penetrating policy analysis and an urgent call to action. As he emphases, we have a small window of opportunity for peace in the region, and if progress is to be made we must begin work immediately: (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc. 1. Champ, or Poundies 2. Irish Stew Iraamonat IRISH 4. Boxty 5. Colcannon Dh 6. Coddle 7. Crubeens 8. Irish Potato 9. Irish Boiled Dinner 10. Soda Bread 2009 by King Features Syndicate, Inc. World rights reserved. ACROSS 1 Young bloke 4 Lavatory sign 7 Go sightseeing 8 Fills the cargo hold 10 Cognizant 11 One 13 Joseph, Kevin and Nicholas 16 Donkey 17 Prognostica- tors 18 Dead heat 19 One of the 4-H Club's H's 20 Citi Field forerunner 21 Disdain 23 Bowlers' milieu 25 Son of Odin 26 Poultry 27 Mess up 7.15 Acres. Views to The Ocean Hwy 79 & Coulter Ridge $139,000 $1800/Month. Kentwood custom home 3br, 2 I/2ba, 3 car with family room and views. New Listing $319,900 Harrison Park 3 br, 2 1/2 ba. plus 1,200 sq. ft, guest house over garage on 5 acres. 2 horse barns, outbuildings and small fruit orchard. .83 ACRE, PALOMAR VIEWS Owner Will Carry $49,900 $I 300/Month, Harrison Park 2br, 2ba. Like new with large dining room and kitchen. All appliances included. As Heard On The Streets Of Julian by Eric Stamets Blagoievich Succeeds In AChieving Goal The ex-Governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich will finally achieve his goal of making as much money as he could from holding the office of Governor. That is one notch up from having a governor, like California, who is oblivious to everything. He had come to realize that he was in a dead end job when he wasn't considered as the top choice for Secretary of State by the Obama administration in spite of also being from Illinois and having worked hard at the Kennedy hair. As Secretary of State he figured he could get into harvesting some real big bucks from foreign countries in exchange for foreign aid and influence at the presidential level. Since as governor he wasn't going to move into something big, he concocted a plan to sell the Senate seat left vacant by Obama's election but discovered he could only attract blustering egotists with no money. On the advice of his financial planner he arranged to have himself impeached as governor. The notoriety and last week's book and movie deals that he has worked out as a result will make him millions, far beyond what he ever dreamed he King [',rc,s,, wo00d 1 2 2 1 could get from selling a Senate seat. He can now honestly, in his opinion, tell his daughters that he never did sell the Senate seat and took the impeachment hit only to provide for their college education and a house in the Bahamas. The book, announced in the entertainment section and coming out in October, has "Best Seller" written all over it (even rll read this one) and will made into a movie starring, you got it- Tom Cruise because he so desperately wants an Oscar and it will take some serious acting to portray Blagojevich without breaking out Julian Library Hours Monday closed Tuesday 9:30 - 8 Wednesday 7:30 - 6 22 24 pl 26 28 129 30 34 37 39 41 nation (Abbr.) 23 Actress Pairs Anderson Enticed 24 "Radical, Boil slowly dude!" 38 40 men gang aft " 7 39 Church 8 service 9 Thursday 9:30 - 6 Friday 9:30 - 5 Saturday 9:30 - 5 Sunday closed 1850 Highway 78 765- 0370 10 "Mirrors" 25 Aviv lead-in director 26 Arousing Alexandre suspicion 12 Desiccates 28 Pitcher for 14 Noggin the Yankees? 15 Red or Black 29 Initial stakes 19 Perp. to vert. 30 Rib 20 Mr. Bill's 31 Crafts' mates home, briefly 32 Work with 21 Termagant 34 Kvetches 22 Part of 41- 35 Salver Across 28 Where to find 40 Method Augusta (Abbr.) 30 Greek cross 41 CBS logo 33 Dianne, Peggy, Kathy DOWN and Janet 1 Bank 36 Affluence transactions 37 Speechify 2 Emanation 38 "The best- 3 Bureau laid schemes 4 Estate house o' mice an' 5 Tends texts 6 Benelux 2009 King Features Synd., lne, laughing. Blagojevich promises to expose all the slimy Illinois politicians and who knows where that will go. It ,ill be akin to the time a captured gangster unmasked the Mafia and we first learned its name was the "Cosa Nostra." We've often wondered what the politicians privately call themselves that gives them the gall to do what they do. He has also been signed to do a TV talk show and he will receive a bonus if it is the first one done from a prison cell. In a call, he assured us that the fix is in, there will be a technicality problem in his prosecution and he will only have to do the show from prison for a short time and then will move into a TV studio in Chicago to do the Blago Show. When asked what he thought all the negative publicity would do for his popularity, he categorically denied being a wrong-doer and pointed away and yelled, "Look! 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