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December 10, 2014 The Julian News 13 California Commentary For What Are Taxpayers Thankful In 2014? by Jan Coupal "In this season of Thanksgiving, please don't blame taxpayers if, they are distracted by the injuries being perpetrated against them by our political class." These words were the preface of this column at the beginning of the holiday season in 2008 and, sadly, little has changed. In fact, in many ways taxpayers are worse off now than they were then. Six years ago, California's tax burden was ranked 6th nationally. Today we trail only New York as the worst state for taxpayers. We now rank first in state sales tax, first in marginal income tax rates, first in gasoline tax and, even with Proposition 13, we rank in the top third in per capita property taxes. Because Proposition 13 makes it harder for California to overtake New York as our nation's number one taxpayer hell, one can expect new efforts by Sacramento politicians to undermlne its protections in the new legislative session. Some of our state leaders like to chirp happily about California's declining unemployment rate, but only three states are off and our 7.3 percent rate is much higher than the national rate of 5.8 percent. Still, all these figures are suspect because they do not count the discouraged who have stopped looking for work entirely. And even those counted include many part-time workers for whom the best holiday gift would be finding fulltime employment. Then there is the constantly growing, and largely ignored unfunded pension liability now estimated at several hundred billion. It stood at $6.3 billion just a decade ago. As more government workers retire, this debt will come due and will have to be addressed by either reduced public services or tax increases or both. The pressure for new revenue to support the retired workforce will provide an additional incentive to politicians to demolish Proposition 13's taxpayer protections. Nonetheless, while elected officials may be planning to put coal in taxpayers' stockings as we approach Christmas, there are a few things for which We can all be grateful. First is Proposition 13, which limits annual increases in property taxes and forces the tax raisers in the Legislature to get a two-thirds vote of their colleagues to raise state taxes. We at the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association hear daily from those who are thankful for Proposition 13 and credit its most famous feature -- limiting annual. property tax increases to no more than 2 percent -- for allowing them to keep their homes. While during the session just passed, those favoring new taxes dominated the Legislature, the November election has turned out some fiscally irresponsible lawmakers and replaced them with some who understand the detrimental impact of new taxes on individual taxpayers and the overall economy, and who are likely to reject new taxes. So taxpayers are grateful not only for Proposition 13 but for lawmakers who will defend their interests against great pressure for new taxes from special interests including public employee unions. Taxpayers are also thankful for all individuals, regardless of party affiliation, who make the personal sacrifice to run for office and present their ideas to voters. A functioning free republic relies on individuals who are willing to step into the arena, even in those instances where their chances of prevailing are small. Finally, complaints a iainst government at all levels are an American birthright. But we are mindful that billions of souls around the world risk imprisonment or death for speaking out against their despotic governments or leaders. So, in keeping with the season, let us be thankful that we live in a country that, despite her faults, remains the last, best hope for mankind. Jon Coupal is president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association -- California's largest grass-roots taxpayerorganization dedicated to the protection of Proposition 13 and the advancement of taxpayers' rights. R.F.D. by Mike Marland MORE ~I~EQLJEt4"i-,hAAN~ ~tL~ ZAII~I31NI CoALES "7--.>C ~I~TrrGEIS .,),,.,te~l Week y by Linda Thistle 4 8 7 9 5. 7 6 1 7 9 4 7 3 1 8 6 1 9 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. DIFFICULTY THIS WEEK: * * Moderate ** Challenging ** * HOO BOY! 2014 King Features Synd., Inc. 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Cuyamaca Woods 2.5 Acres - privacy, view ..... $ 47,000 1 Acre - Gentle slope ........ $ 50,000 2.5 Acres - Driveway, pad, water meter and view ................... $ 85,000 2.63 Acres - Borders State Park, Private.. ....................... $135,000 8 Acres - Excellent well, seasonal creek, fabulous views and privacy .... $110,000 139 Acres - Remote, private, three (3) legal parcels .................. $ 499,900 Oakland Road 8+ Acres - Close to town, driveway, pad, approved for 3 Bedroom, terraced for orchard ..... ,.. ........ $ 239,000 Ranchita 13 Acres - Very usable, level to mountainous ....................... $ 60,000 Wynola Estates 2.5 Acres - Large Oaks with water meter, approved grading plan, approved septic layout, House plans included... $149,000 Participating in sports, lifting weights, running, and almost any activity that moves muscle will trigger your bones to lay down more minerals and get stronger and r~ore dense ACROSS 1 Church section 5 Pump up the volume 8 Blue .hue 12 Columns' crossers 13 Grazing land 14 Crooned 15 1 2 12 15 18 25 26 __ I 33 One use for 3T -- 43 4-4 50 I -- 54 57 51 Controversial oil-extraction method 54 Landlord's due 55 Enjoyment 56 Always 57 Lady- 58 Still 59 Stupefy a GPS 17 Tresses 18 Boredom 19 Volcanic spewings 21 Faucet problem 24 Squid squirt 25 Mexican money 28 Transaction 30 Eisenhower 33 X rating? 34 Point of view 35 Yuletide beverage 36 -- Carte 37 Novice 38 Exchange premium 39 Bookkeeper (Abbr.) 41 Winter forecast DOWN 1 Johnson of comedy 2 Smutty 43 Two-piece suit 46 Marconi's medium 50 Actress Falco b weaver -- King Crossword - Answers Solution time: 25 mins. 31Z V 3 AI HI3 A E)IN I It was noted Major League Baseball player and manager Yogi Ol--Ta Berra who made the following sage observation: "You got to be II careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might not Ol I E) get there." 9 IO N The Surinam toad method of reproduction is unique in the animal 31 >I I world. The female releases eggs, and the eggs are fertilized by the male, who then rolls them into holes on the mother's back. Skin soon v l.L _O grows over the holes, offering protection to the eggs as they develop u I I v through the tadpole stage. Once the young ones have become )IN n toadlets, they literally punch through their mother's skin to emerge on v I n o Crossword 6 .---w 23 3 4 5 41 52 10 11 31 32 48 49 activity 29 Soon 31 Pond carp 32 Id counter- part 34 Musial of baseball 38 Blew reveille 40 Michelangelo masterwork 42 Killer whale 43 Floating ice mass 44 Notion 45 Unsettled 47 Prima donna 48 Don JUan's mother 49 Shrek, e.g. 52 Regret 53 Pismire their own into the world. Those who study such things say that one-quarter of all trips made in the United States are less than 1 mile, but three- quarters of those trips still are made by car. You may be surprised to learn that rats and mice are ticklish they even laugh!. Popcorn may be indelibly associated with movie theaters these days, but that wasn't always the case; in the early days. of the movies, when the films were still silent, popcorn was actually banned in theaters. The first movie theaters were swanky affairs trying to compete with traditional theaters. The owners didn't want to have popcorn spilled on the fine upholstery and ground into the carpets. , Mount Wingen, Australia, is home to the world's longest- burning fire. The coal deposits there have been aflame for 6,000 years. Nobody is really a fan of vacuuming, but did you ever wonder what the most annoying thing about the chore is? Electrolux's Global Vacuuming Survey found that the single most hated thing about vacuuming is the noise it makes. Thought for the Day; "He who hesitates is a damned fool." -- Mae West 2014 King Features Syndicate, Inc, 6 Chaps 7 Senate staffer 8 Pale 9 Duck-speak 10 One 11 Taj Mahal city 16 White wine cocktail 20 Leave at the altar 22 One way to stand by 23 Bosc and Bartlett matter Graceful bird 25 Sch. org. Portuguese 26 Conger, for pre-euro one money 27 Between- Foreman foe meals 2014 King Fcaturcs Synd., Inc. V9 Weekly SUDOKU Answer 9 8 g L 6 L L 6 8 S # L 9 g L g L 8 6# 8 # L 9 6 ~ Z 1-- S I" 17 8 9 ~ 6 9 6 L 17 9 I. 6 9 '1;, g L I. S 8 # 8 6 i. :- g Z 9 Z L g 5 g 9 6 17 "Dutch" phrases l. Double Dutch 2. Dutch unde 3. Dutch treat 4. Dutch courage 5. Dutch auction 6. Dutch comfort 7. Dutch bargain 8. Dutch defense 9. Dutch gold 10. Dutch ( 2014 King Features Syndicate, Inc. :/