Yes on Prop 6 Campaign Is About the Gas Tax and To Protect Us From Unauthorized Spending

| November 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

Over the past year, some of us who believe that our state government has become greedy and frivolous about our tax dollars have decided to “push back.” It’s because we don’t believe the state government (Governor Brown and certain assembly members) should make bold and expensive decisions that impact us without our involvement and consent.

Why is it that our state government and elected officials feel that they can treat their constituents like “sheep?”

In other words, they believe, “If we do it they will follow us…off the cliff.”

I refer to this as “abusive power.” Treating us, their constituents, as if we have no rights. When did this happen?

I shake my head in disbelief that this type of action is even occurring today in our country. However, it is because we have elected officials, starting with those in Sacramento who think this is acceptable behavior.

It’s not.

If we truly look at the Gas Tax Initiative, how it took place, it started behind closed doors, and was approved by politicians. Then when California taxpayers decided to address this unacceptable process and enacted a campaign to stop Sacramento politicians from acting without authorization from us, their constituents, the same politicians decided to put it on the ballot.

The added stab to tax payers is that millions of dollars are now being spent on an advertising campaign that is entirely misleading. And, by the way, funds to pay for this campaign are probably coming from us again.

Does this make sense?

Is that how Sacramento works?

Fortunately, we do have people like Carl DeMaio who has been the driving force to change the status of politics and demand that we no longer be at the “whim” of our elected officials who decide to act without consideration of their constituents and the consequences.

As Carl DeMaio offered, “Here are facts about the why the Gas Tax Repeal Initiative is so important.”
• Voting Yes on Prop 6 will repeal the car and gas tax, and ensures that any future car and gas taxes must be approved by the voters
• On Nov 1, 2017, Californians became subject to an additional tax of 12.5 cents more per gallon (20 cents more for diesel)
• Estimates suggest it will cost an average family of four $700 or more per family, per year
• The tax also hits business owners who rely on transporting goods, raising the cost of everything from apples to bread, and everything in between
• Vehicle license fees (car tax) will increase as much as $175 a year – striking the wallets of hard-working families across the state
• The tax revenue goes into the state’s General Fund, meaning there’s zero guarantee the money will be used to actually fund the transportation “fixes” they claim will happen
• Nearly 1 million signatures were collected to qualify the measure on the November ballot; just over 550,000 were required

My position on this initiative is that “our” government (“of the people, for the people”), acted without consideration and respect of those who elected them, and then bragged about it. The Gas Tax effort was done as a blatant force by government without any consideration of its affect on California taxpayers, and local businesses, that are heavily impacted by its existence.

If we allow our elected officials to force their agendas in this manner, we no longer have a voice in the way our world functions. That’s not how democracy works.

Yes on 6.

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