Tuesday, September 22, 2009

California tax panel says rich have it too rough

Speaking of politicians reflexively rejecting science, the revolving door of right-wing politics in California has struck again.

A panel of tax "experts" has now recommended that California gut its progressive income tax because it's too hard on the wealthy.

Yep, life is so rough for the affluent, isn't it?

Who are these "experts"? Many of them are Republicans with ties to Arnold Schwarzenegger, who helped establish this panel.

If the panel's plans are enacted, a majority of taxpayers would receive a tax cut of only $4 a year. But millionaires would get a break of $119,000 a year.

If California is worried about its budget, then maybe instead of giving handouts to the rich, the state should stop funding a certain racist charter school.

And start obeying the court order to reduce the prison population. Last week, California reached a deadline to shrink its inmate population by 40,000. As of a few hours before the deadline, right-wing state leaders still had not done so.

(Source: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5inKAlZiEBjwwxtBeYF9SrIwXg92QD9AR9O580;