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  •  I want to call out a recent election result (4+ / 0-)

    in California, right here, because it's definitely related to the topic of this diary, even if doesn't seem so at first.

    Proposition 30 passed, overwhelmingly. Proposition 30 was the ballot measure to prevent further, disastrous cuts to public education in this state, among other things, by imposing a temporary, 7-year tax on earners with high incomes. Prop 30 was largely the brainchild of Jerry Brown, a.k.a., "Governor Moonbeam," who has definitely taken flak from the progressive community here for his refusal to re-asses Prop 13 (which cut property taxes, precipitously, in the 1970s, and whose disastrous after-effects have haunted us ever since). Jerry Brown was, until recently was clearly riding a political tide against raising taxes on wealthy people. That tide is now turning.

    A ballot initiative just passed to raise taxes on high earners. Back that one up and let it re-play: in California, the interests of the super-wealthy have been de-coupled, in the minds of the electorate, from the interests of the middle class.  

    Billy Kristal's pronouncements are symptoms of this very same de-coupling.

    California has pointed the way.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 09:51:12 AM PST

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