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Overspending, not Prop. 12, caused deficit

Posted: September 3, 2008 6:35 p.m.
Updated: November 5, 2008 5:00 a.m.
Democratic voice Cal Planakis predictably attempts to hide the real reason for California's current $15 billion deficit by blaming it on Proposition 13. The bright lights of actual budget numbers reveal the real culprits.

According to the Los Angeles Times, there has been a 40 percent increase in spending by the Democrat-controlled state government, with Arnold Schwarzenegger's cooperation, over the last four years, in addition to a $40 billion increase in revenue.

Given those numbers, remarkably, we may have been better off now had we kept Gray Davis as governor.
But Planakis pulls out a tired, old favorite Democratic diversion, Proposition 13.

They despise the power-to-the-people proposition because it keeps the Democrats from raising property taxes, even though doing that would wreck financial havoc on fixed-income retirees, renters, school systems and the state economy.

If Planakis wasn't most concerned with playing politics, she would call for spending cuts, not tax hikes.


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