Jon Fleischman could not have said it more plainly or effectively.
The upcoming Cap and Trade Vote is another epic fail from the minority Republicans, ready to sell out and leave California taxpayers holding the bag and paying all the bills.
This insanity is Deep State perversity lining the pockets of lobbyists and insiders all at once.
This is wrong on so many levels.
Here they are:
IT'S BAD POLICY
Californians are among the most over-taxed and over-regulated people in America.
Stop the hurting. If Republicans in California's legislature won't do it, then where do we go from here?
"IF CAP & TRADE GOES DOWN, IT ONLY GETS WORSE" DOESN'T FLY
It's been said that if Cap & Trade isn't extended that Democrats, on a majority vote, or through regulatory fiat, will impose something worse. Guess what? You can use this argument for just about any policy issue, to justify putting up GOP votes. What you get is "Democrat-Lite" and permanent minority status, with Republicans unable to articulate their key differences from the majority party.
Let the Democrats own this "terrible vote" along with every other terrible vote.
THE GAS TAX HIKE WAS AN OVERREACH BY DEMS, UNTIL GOP VOTES FOR CAP & TRADE
It was terrible that Democrats (and GOP Senator Cannella) voted to raise gas and car taxes earlier this year. A subsequent public opinion poll showed how unpopular this gas tax increase was with voters.
If Republicans in the state assembly vote for a tax increase, too--then the whole argument about tying down Demo-RATS for raising our taxes falls apart, since both sides of the aisle are eually guilty.
There goes the recall against Josh Newman, too, if the GOP goes through with this legislative suicide.
WHEN YOU ARE EXPLAINING YOU ARE LOSING
And there is no explaining betrayal. None.
Just as former Assemblyman Eric Linder.
GOP VOTES FOR THIS MEAN DEMS CAN PROTECT MEMBERS IN SWING SEATS
In theory, in order for Cap and Trade to pass this week, the Governor only needs to pick off one GOP vote in the Assembly (due to an absent Democrat). The Democrat out of town already gets a pass. But for every Republican that goes up on this terrible bill, it means that potentially a Democrat target gets to vote no, or abstain.
I know that four Democrats want to avoid the vote on this bill.
Imagine what will happen next year if the Republicans who had all voted No--then can target the four vulnerable Democrats and toss them out!
Let's make this happen, folks. No Republican votes for taxes. NONE!
GET READY FOR THE BACKLASH
We saw the maelstrom that hit the California GOP after votes for higher taxes by six GOP legislators in 2009. As GOP donors and activists around the state got fired up after the fact (most didn't know beforehand), it led to the near-recall of one Assemblymember (who subsequently retired rather than face a primary challenge), both GOP legislative leaders lost their jobs, the State GOP passed a resolution condemning the action, and more. It was terribly divisive - and this was then. I would argue that things are more polarized now, and the base has little tolerance for Republicans who vote to grow government.
I am totally with Jon on this one. I am ready with my torches and pitchforks. Are you?
WHY SUPPORT SHADOW-PRESIDENT JERRY BROWN?
The point that Fleischman makes with this point is really golden. President Trump lives in the heads of Governor Moonbeam, De Leon, Rendon, and every other Democrats here on down.
Why not make it even sweeter and join forces to defeat another pet project of the regressive leftist Democratic Party in Sacramento?
THE PROCESS ... SUCKS
Republicans are supposed to stand for openness and transparency.
Ha! I have worked with people in and around Sacramento, who have helped me to expose what is going on within the Republican caucus and inside the Deep State of Sacramento.
It's time for more of us to hammer, crack open, and expose the grift and graft that defines Sacramento politics.
ACA 1 (MAYES) - A FIG LEAF TO GIVE COVER FOR A VOTE?
Speaking of gut-and-amend tactics, on Friday afternoon an unrelated bill was changed to become a Con Amendment authored by Assembly GOP Leader Chad Mayes. This bizarre amendment, IF passed by the people (big IF), would establish that in one year - 2023 - it would take a 2/3 vote to spend that year's plunder from Cap and Trade.
Amendments? Constitution? How about not raising our taxes in the first place, Cap-n-Traitor Mayes?!
Chad Mayes is in the midst of a bitter divorce, most likely due to marital infidelities. This guy can't keep his word, and then he expects us to trust the Democrats to keep their word? One unfaithful man tells us to trust a whole bevy of unfaithful politicians, too?
Uh ... No!
WHO CAN TRUST THE DEMOCRATS TO KEEP A DEAL?
Does this point even need commentary!
Are you laughing out loud yet? I am prepared to cry all the way to the bank--yours or mine--if that stupid Cap and Trade deal gets crammed through the legislature and down our throats