Because that worked so well for California

My newly elected Governor – almost-felon Rick Scott – has big plans for Florida. First, he’s going to  get those taxes reduced because, after all “census data ranked Florida’s tax burden [only*] 36th-lowest among 50 states, behind even Mississippi.”

* Hey Florida! We can do better than that! Let’s shoot for 46th! Who needs schools or courts for heaven’s sake?

“Scott’s plan would take Florida in a direction similar to California in 1978, when voters passed Proposition 13 . . . Proposition 13 capped property taxes and bred three decades of combat over paying for schools, police, fire protection andother government services.”

Proposition 13 also took the world’s 7th largest economy and sent it into a tailspin, the horrific results of which have been playing out for the last 32 years.

This just boggles the mind. I don’t think you could locate anyone today who would call Prop 13 a success. But Scott likes it fine and thinks my State is just the place to try it again.

The story, by the fine David Hackett, explores the possible outcomes now that the GOP has been swept into all the State offices and both houses of the legislature.

5 responses to “Because that worked so well for California

  1. Ms. Holland,

    For another view on Prop 13 and California.


  2. I read it in full Alan – I had a problem with how it bounced back and forth between dollars and percentages, but even so it was reasonable and included much that I wouldn’t argue with.

    A lot of what California spent before 1978 went to building new infrastructure and creating the finest university system in the country. Both of which are now declining terribly. The City Journal article ignores outcomes altogether except for education.


  3. Ms. Holland,

    Thank you for reading the link. The problem with Caleefornia is those who work in the public sector are for the most part grossly overpaid. Traditionally the trade off between the private and public sector was money verses security. Now the public sector has the money and the security. Except, in the long run it won’t work. Of course a couple of generations of civil servants are set for life. Those pensions that California does not have the money for, are fantastic. Then the wrinkled retirees will spend their pensions in another state because the taxes are too high for them.

    California and New York are the Democrat Party’s illegitimate children. The public sector lives off the private economy like a parasite. You can argue infrastructure, infrastructure, infrastructure. I argue back, debt and taxes, debt and taxes, debt and taxes. The private sector in those states is being killed off.

    Their is an interesting ideological battle shaping up nationally and in the states. Between what you believe and what I believe. Nationally Obama and the Senate Democrats cancel out the Republican House, so gridlock is the game for now.

    At the State level, we will see which philosophy actually works. My State of Pa. has swung back to Capitalism and limited government. We will see how the States of Pa, New Jersey, and Indiana fare against California and New York where big government and big taxes have won.

    The only caveat I have is whether Obama bails out the stupid states.


    • There won’t be any bail outs of states coming from the federal government. We don’t have any money either. Which of course is Obama’s fault, as is the fact that my a/c seems to be on the fritz.


  4. Ms. Holland,

    I just found this. Apparently things are even worse in California than we were lead to believe.


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