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  •  Is it the anti-tax movement really that (1+ / 0-)
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    strong in counties where Obama still almost got 40% of the vote and did even better in 2008?

    I mean, let me just note that even in plenty of the overwhelmingly anti-Obama, rural and suburban parishes of Louisiana, tax increases are regularly passed. In fact my parish, Ouachita, which is very suburban, with an extremely conservative white population and a politically apathetic black population, (for the most part), has easily passed large tax increases in recent history to support higher wages and expansions of the Parish Sheriff's Office, and once a few years earlier for teacher pay. We also have an extremely expansive public library system with some 6-8 branches open across the parish with good hours and locations and large selection plus public computers and internet. And this all in a Parish much more reliably Republican than even Josephine is.

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    by ArkDem14 on Tue May 21, 2013 at 03:07:35 PM PDT

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    •  The anti-tax movement is very strong (6+ / 0-)

      Just look at California, where the movement started and how Jerry Brown had to repeatedly tell the voters, "Hey I will destroy your schools unless you guys pay up," to finally get a tax raise that passed. Lots of people want a free lunch, even some Democratic voters.

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      by uclabruin18 on Tue May 21, 2013 at 03:14:43 PM PDT

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      •  Not The Anti-tax movement (5+ / 0-)

        CA has an incredibly high tax burden (if you'll excuse the framing). We're not opposed to taxes here. What you have is (1) an exorbitant, grotesquely large prison system that was immune to pretty much any cuts during the budget woes, (2) the "legacy" of asshole tough-on-crime governors who just locked everyone up, and (3) the further "legacy" of having a godawful system for raising revenue permanently enshrined into law. Politicians are always terrified of easing up on things like (2) out of fear of being held personally responsible, and until very recently doing anything on (3) was out of the question.

        Jerry Brown has no choice but to do something on (1), though he campaigned on it, and has some considerable accomplishments on that front.

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      where last I heard they were failing. Lane for the first time in years of trying is passing the tax for law enforcement. 'Bout time.

      ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

      by James Allen on Tue May 21, 2013 at 11:05:55 PM PDT

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