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April 6, 2011 The Julian News 13 California taxpayers are reminded of the guy who fell off the roof of a high-rise building. As he passed each foor, office workers would call out, "How's it going?" and to each, he would politely respond, "So far, so good." For taxpayers, each day that goes by without having to confront a tax increase is like passing another floor without a bad outcome. In the movies, the falling man might be saved by a conveniently placed awning that would slow his fall and allow him to survive unscathed, tn the real world, the only barrier between average Californians, and the perpetuation of a crushing tax burden, are Republican legislators who have heroically withstood the complaints and threats of the tax-and-spend lobby (and their enablers in the media) and refused to provide the votes to place Gov. Brown's taxes on the b llot. Although Brown has cajoled and screamed - one lawmaker reports that he was yelled at for an hour at a recent meeting by Brown and company, - in an effort to get Republicans to agree to place his massive tax increase on a June special election ballot, these lawmakers have held firm. Those who want to continue to ride the spending gravy train are trying to portray those who oppose placing five years of high taxes on the ballot as democracy despising, heartless primitives who care nothing about the most vulnerable in our society. They prefer to ignore that their regressive tax program falls California Commentary A Heroic Defense of Taxpayers ... So Far by Jon Coupal largest government employee unions, spent over twenty million dollars on deceptive advertising to try to convince voters to approve tax increases. Television ads and direct mail asking for a yes vote on what was the largest tax increase in the history of all 50 states, never once mentioned the word "taxes." Although tax promoters outspent the opponents of new taxes by ten-to-one, voters saw through the charade and said no. Still, this was at the beginning a temporary two year tax increase and the government employee unions, who represent the highest paid public workers in all 50 states, did not feel the same level of desperation as they do now that the taxes are about to expire. Some observers believe the unions are prepared to spend $60 million to guarantee passage of Brown's tax program. If the taxes go to the ballot, we can expect to be deluged with expensive television ads showing teachers and firefighters receiving pink slips, as school gates clang shut and calls to 911 go unanswered. They will portray the issue to be about the poor, elderly and disabled - the recipients of government services -- when the tax increases are actually to satisfy the government employee union providers of these services. This is why taxpayers see no need to go through the expense of a special election. They do not want to risk that voters will be bamboozled by tens of millions of dollars of misleading advertising when they already spoke clearly on this issue just two years ago. disproportionally on those of So it is "So far, so good" modest means, for taxpayers and if none of Latest polls show that public the currently courageous support for the governor's Republicans turns Benedict proposed taxes is waning, so Arnold, we may still look forward why would opponents of higher to a soft landing of a return to taxes hesitate to put the matter to lower tax rates. Although, even a vote? For an answer, one only then, Californians will continue has to look back to the spet:i l 't-o some-of the 'most heavily election of May, 2009 whichtaxed citizens in the nation. featured this same tax package- Jon Coupal is .president of an extension of temporary taxes the Howard Jarvm Taxpayers Association -- California's largest that had just been imposed by grass-roots taxpayer organization the Legislature. The well-heeled dedicated to the protection of special interest backers of the Proposition 13 and the advancement HOMES.CABINS. LAND. RENTALS. PROPERTY MANAGEMENT. VACATION RENTALS I www.julian-realestate.com 76o-765-onlI 3Bd/2Bath, 1703 sq.ft, on 2.51 acres. Customized Solar Home in Beautiful Cuayamaca Woods. Built in 2006. Well - 92 gpm. Self-sufficiency at its best!. Panoramic Views! Priced at $450,000. Call Sheryll for details. 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