Why does California hate poor people? More accurately, why does the CA State legislature continually pass bills that make it so expensive to live there? Even, worse, to address the inevitable poor results of their initial bad laws, they then mandate new regulations to fix the mess they created in the first place that usually screws things up even more.
Inept, unaccountable, politicians plus layer upon layer of ill conceived and economically illiterate policy has created a dysfunctional state government and enraged populace.
Case in point, California’s double-digit increase on fuel taxes that took affect this past Wednesday. These additional taxes, passed via party line by Democrats, bumped the price up 12 cents per gallon and 20 cents per gallon respectively for gas and diesel. Vehicle registration fees went up too.
This is on top of already sky-high pump taxes and the extra fees brought on by California’s special fuel blending requirements. Oh they’re special all right, as they give us poor saps in California the privilege of paying more for a blend of gas no other state in the nation uses and who manage to get along just fine without.
The new tax is supposed to raise $5.2 billion annually for road and bridge repair but call me skeptical. It’s true, we have horrible roads; I sometimes wonder if I’m in a third world country, as I watch the front end of my car bounce up and down while navigating enormous potholes that have been known to swallow up entire cars.
The thing is, we Californians have been paying some of the highest gas taxes in the nation for eons, yet our roads and bridges continue to deteriorate. Why? One reason is a good portion of the money that’s supposed to go towards repairs gets sucked in to the general fund for CA state expenditures. This is akin to pulling bills out of your wallet and lighting them on fire.
So here we are with a big mess of a road system created by years of neglect from clueless, greedy politicians, who would rather spend our hard earned tax dollars on things like a bullet train to nowhere that nobody wants and patching holes in an imploding state pension fund that again was their fault to begin with.
But things will be different this time, as we are promised that the extra tax dollars really will go towards fixing the roads. Uh, huh. Meanwhile, while we wait for that enormous herd of pigs to fly on by we get the privilege of paying $4-$5 per gallon of gas.
This will affect everyone, but the poor and middle class will get hit hardest. Being forced to spend an extra $20-$30 per week is painful to someone already living paycheck to paycheck, doubly so for those whose jobs require a lot of driving. Look also for the cost of food and other goods to rise, as companies factor in extra fuel costs for distribution.
The California state legislature doesn’t really hate poor people. They just care more about feeding the growing blob of government bureaucracy that gives them power and job security. Their reckless spending of our money and complete inability to pass responsible budgets means that taxes and fees will only continue to rise.
A better question to ask is why do we citizens of the formerly great state of California continually reelect these opportunistic morons?