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April 8, 2009 California Commentary As a Spending Limit, Prop. 1A Does Not Cut It by Jon Coupal and Michael Reagan Speaking before a meeting of over a thousand members of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Associfition in 1992, former President Ronald Reagan told the audience, "We tax reformers bear our scars proudly." The recipient of the Howard Jarvis Lifetime Tax Fighter award was referring to his own effort to control spending, Proposition 1, which was rejected by voters in 1973. Among the key elements of the Reagan limit was that spending from "proceeds of taxes" would have been limited to the then current percentage of state personal income, less .01 percent annually for 7 years and would then stabilize at that level. "1 think taxpayers are fed up with big government continually digging into their pockets for more and more," Governor Reagan said at the time. After Proposition 1 was defeated at the polls, pundits speculated that the result was due to its "complexity." And of course it didn't help that the California Teachers Association and public employee unions dug deep into their wallets to assure the defeat of a measure that would retard the growth of government. But five years later, Sacramento's continued emphasis on spending rather than the burden this was placing on struggling taxpayers, resulted in the overwhelming passage of Proposition 13, with enthusiastic support from Ronald Reagan -- he voiced radio spots supporting the measure -- and, one year later in 1979, the Gann Spending limit. The Gann measure, known as the "Spirit of 13" initiative, limited government spending to the percentage change in inflation and population growth or the change in per capita personal income, whichever was lower. That the Gann limit was substantive was proven in 1987 when taxpayers received a rebate check after revenues surpassed the spending cap. However, the success of the Gann limit proved to be its undoing. In 1990, transportation interests placed Proposition R.ED. h/to... 111 on the ballot, a gas tax increase that was accompanied by extravagant promises that it would end freeway congestion. But Prop. 111 was just one more bait and switch scheme. Because the new tax revenues would be so substantial that they would run afoul of the Gann limit, backers of the new tax buried in the measure a reconfiguration of the way the limit was calculated. Unknown to many at the time, passage of the 111 transportation "panacea" made the Gann limit nothing more than an archaic curiosity. Without enforced spending discipline, the state ran up a $38 billion deficit under Gov. Gray Davis, and now another $42 billion under Gov. Schwarzenegger. Now we are being told by those who created these astounding deficits -- the governor and the majority of the Legislature -- that we must approve their version of a "spending limit," Proposition 1A on the May 19 special election ballot, to compel them to behave responsibly. One is reminded of the serial murderer who leaves a message for police saying, "Stop me before I kill again!" While they admit that they have no control over their spending impulses the solution they offer would actually allow continued increases in spending without any connection to the taxpayer's ability to provide revenue. Proposition 1A ties spending to income, income which can be increased under the measure through new taxes. The State Constitution already requires a balanced budget, so the only effect would be a reiterate the same requirement, one that is already being ignored with impunity. It is ironic to note that many of the same entities, who objected to Ronald Reagan's firm spending cap in 1973, including the California Teachers Association, are now backing Proposition 1A. :Thisis a clear indication that the 1A spending limit is a phony. So just why are the governor and most legislators pushing so hard for Proposition 1A and its ineffectual spending cap? Well, in addition to allowing them to claim that they are dealing by Mike Marland W 00ekly SUDOKU by Linda Thistle 5 7 9 4 5 2 7 1 1 9 5 8 3 4 2 3 7 9 4 6 7 1 5 6 2 9 3 4 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. DIFFICU .TY THIS WEEK * * * Moderate ** Challenging *** HOO BOY! 2009 King Features Synd., Inc. with the spending issue, it includes a very real $16 billion tax increase. The tax increases approved in February, which will begin appropriately on April 1, are scheduled to sunset in two years. If Proposition 1A passes, the taxes will remain in effect for an additional two years, costing Californians another $16 billion according to the non-partisan Legislative Analyst Office. Gov. Schwarzenegger, we know spending limits and your Proposition 1A is no spending limit. Proposition 1A is just another grab for the taxpayer's wallet. Jan Coupal is president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. Michael Reagan is a nationally syndicated public affairs talk show host, Political Consultant and son of our 40th President, Ronald Reagan. Spring Is Here, Clean And Be Green Spring is here and that means spring cleaning! As we get ready to roll up our sleeves and clean out our garages, it is important to remember that most of the items you want to get rid of can be recycled or reused. From appliances to cleaning supplies to paint, recycling and proper disposal options exist throughout the County. The County of San Diego's Recycling and Household Hazardous Waste Hotline, 1-877-R-I-EARTH, is available to connect residents to recycling and disposal options that match their needs "Proper disposal is so important, because many of the substances we have in our homes are potentially dangerous and can harm humans, pets, and wildlife if they are not handled properly," according to I Love A Clean San Diego's executive director, Pauline Martinson Abandoned refrigerators can leak ozone depleting pollutants, while computer, T.V. monitors, and many other electrical devices contai n a variety of hazardous chemicals that pollute land, air and groundwater. Abandoned cars and their parts can leak hazardous wastes such as oil, antifreeze, and gasoline onto our land where it can wash into our waterways and storm drains Stockpiled tires pose serious fire hazards, and provide ample breeding grounds for mosquitoes and rodents Residents of county unincorporated areas can call the County of San Diego's toll free Recycling and Household Hazardous Waste Hotline at 1-877-R-I-EARTH (1-877-713- 2784) or go online at www. wastefreesd.com to learn more about recycling and disposal facilities, special one-day collection events and door-to- door collection programs for qualifying residents. ACROSS 1 Junk in the in-box 5 Stir-fry pan 8 Greet the villain 12 Operatic showstopper 13 Rage 14 Reverberate 15 "Yellow" band 17 Horse of a different color? 18 Scoundrel 19 Cognac, e.go 21 Lieu 24 Brat's stocking stuffer 25 "-- Fiction" 26 Make like a caught possum 30 Recede 31 10 million rupees 32 Sticky stuff 33 Jerry Garcia fan 35 Lion's pride? 36 Feeble 37 Autumnal quaff 38 Dramatist Molnar 41 Swindle 42 Satan's field 43 Winter woe 48 Snitch 49 Mess up 7.15 Acres. Views to The Ocean Hwy 79 & Coulter Ridge $139,000 $1800/Month. Kentwood custom home 3br, 2 1/2ba, 3 car with family room and views, The Julian News 11 .83 ACRE, PALOMAR VIEWS Owner Will Carry $49,900 Mountain Life - Desert Views Cottage with loft bedroom, 1 & 1/2 bath. Wood stove, forced air - AC. RV parking, hot tub and BBQ, on the ridge to the desert. $1,100/Month $1200/Month, Harrison Park 2br, 2ba. Like new with large dining room and kitchen, All appliances included. There is nothing more admirable than two people who see eye-to-eye keeping house as man and wife, confounding their enemies, and delighting their friends. - Homer As Heard On The Streets Of Julian by Eric Stamets Questions and Answers Every so often we accumulate a few questions from readers about some previous articles that certainly need to be answered in a straight forward manner. Q. I looked for the new Harley dealer mentioned in your article, but can't seem to find it. Where is it? A. As I've told quite a few people, you need to examine just which store moved into a larger location recently. Don't let the giftware, jewelry and pictures on the wall put you off- that's just a front. King Cros00,,w 0rd ! = i m m 9 10 11 27 28 29 32 -- --i 45 46 47 24 i 38 40 42 5"T-'---  i I 50 Squared away 51 War god 52 Urban scurrier 53 Information However, if you ask where the Harley's are, you will only get a blank stare and I will get an angry tirade. You need to find a Harley rider that will show you the secret hand signal (do not use a secret hand signal shown to you by a motorcycle gang member). When you go into the correct store and flash the secret hand signal, you will be immediately whisked off to the back room to see all the new Harleys and can dream of looking good on the road to your heart's content. Q. What happened to the claim of financial damages last April made by Brickeville, Pennsylvania against Julian for stealing their daffodils? A. Well it turned out to be just an embarrassing mistake. Even adjusting for the unseasonably cold winter they experienced last winter, they had never seen their daffodils emerge so late in the season and were alarmed when nothing showed up in a reasonable time. If you want to see daffodils in bloom in June, visit Brickeville. We received an apology and a bag of bulbs. They have blamed the whole misunderstanding on global cooling. Q. I can't help but wondering, are you on drugs? A. Yes. 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