Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday defended his characterization that his tax initiative primarily helps schools, rejecting criticism from the backer of a rival tax proposal who says he is distorting the benefits.
Voters have a choice! The other plan, put forward by LA lawyer Molly Munger, raises taxes on “every California taxpayer earning more than $7,300, though the wealthiest would see the largest increase.” This will make $10 billion appear every year, because no one will adjust their behavior or residence in response, and the money will go directly to the schools.
Gov. Brown says his money goes to the schools as well, but if you read his response, there’s an intermediary:
"The tax goes to schools. That's what it does," Brown told reporters after promoting his initiative to a gathering of law enforcement leaders. "We're dedicating the money to schools, it goes into a special account, and we're going to do everything we can to protect our universities, protect our schools, but also balance the budget."
They’ll have to hire someone to staff the Office of the Special Account, and they’ll need an office. So it’s a jobs bill, too! It’s entirely possible that a cabal of Arizonans and Texans sent operatives into the state several generations ago, with the intention of setting up sleeper cells inside the culture to drive business into their states. Hard to see what they would have done differently than California’s political class.
But that’s not why I bring this up. Brown made a remark that sounds like Bidenesque gibbity-gabble, but actually reveals the contempt these people have for their subjects. Behold the Tupperware-tight logic of the modern state:
Brown also defended calling his proposal a "millionaires tax" on his initiative campaign website, even though the income threshold would be $250,000.
"Anybody who makes $250,000 becomes a millionaire very quickly if you save it. You just need four years," Brown said. "It is a millionaires tax. It taxes millionaires, right? And it's for schools. And it protects public safety."
So shut up. Let's look at that again: Anybody who makes $250,000 becomes a millionaire very quickly if you save it. You just need four years. The naked blue all-powerful guy who sat on the moon in "The Watchmen" was more intimately connected to ordinary human experience.
In related news, California voters who approve of the new tax on all those greedy millionaires have completely forgotten about this:
The nation's most expensive public school ever built is opening next month in downtown Los Angeles.
The Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools, a K-12 complex built on 23 acres of land, cost $578 million to build. Considering the school will house about 4,200 students, construction cost about $130,000 per pupil.
So, what exactly is included in that hefty price tag? An auditorium modeled after the famous Coconut Grove nightclub, a state-of-the-art swimming pool, and a marble memorial for Robert Kennedy, just to name a few of the school's upscale features.
The Coconut Grove, by the way, went down in a spectacular blaze that killed almost 500 people. California’s auto-immolation appears to be proceeding at a slower pace, and unlike the Grove, the exits are clearly marked.