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More lies from Whitman

Posted: October 26, 2010 4:34 p.m.
Updated: October 27, 2010 4:55 a.m.

It’s almost pointless to express dismay over Meg Whitman’s less-than-accurate political ads, but then her commercial comes along that is so intentionally misleading and false that it deserves a beating.

Put Whitman’s recent “hide-your-wallet” TV spot on Jerry Brown in that category.

The truth is, in a recent interview, Brown’s statements about giving Californians enough time to digest proposed budgets before voting on taxes or cuts may lead you to think he favors tax increases.

But Brown does little more than merely entertain the idea. Nowhere in the interview — or in his official position on raising taxes — is any promise that he actually plans to go to voters asking for a tax increase.

The Whitman ad also oversimplifies Brown’s tortured relationship with Proposition 13, noting that he called the initiative “a fraud” before it passed in 1978.

Though he did say that, his actions after the 1978 election are more illustrative of his approach to taxing and spending.

As Times columnist George Skelton previously noted, Brown initially opposed Proposition 13, but implemented it so swiftly and thoroughly that he won the public support of Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, the anti-tax crusader behind the law.

Whatever Brown may think personally about boosting state revenue, he has an established, well-known record of respecting voters’ wishes on taxes.

Whitman is a terrible liar in a number of ways, from the above to her “voting” record to her assault of an employee.

Put honor in Sacramento; don’t vote for Whitman.


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