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CALIFORNIA IS LOOKING TO TAX DRINKING WATER

Dailycaller.com
19 March 2019
Timonthy Snowball

California is known for a lot of things: Ronald Reagan, Hollywood, beaches, hippies, student protests — and some of the most relentlessly progressive politicians in the entire country.

Simply put, the government of California is out of control. In total, the state added 1,016new laws to the books in 2019, including a silly “straw ban,” intrusive requirements for children’s menus and yet another minimum wage increase. At virtually every level of Californians’ lives, state policymakers are ready to step in and interfere. From the cradle to the grave.

Now it seems the new governor, Gavin Newsom, is anxious to make his own contribution to the ever-expanding role of government in our lives by taxing some of our most basic necessities in an unprecedented power grab.

In his ineffable wisdom, the newly elected governor has proposed a statewide tax on, of all things, California’s drinking water. Newsom plans to dedicate the new tax revenues to programs to help communities clean up contaminated water sites. Improving the quality of drinking water may be a worthy goal, but the water tax proposal is a case study in the failures of progressive policymaking.

First, critics note that the new tax would be difficult and costly to administer. Jon Coupal of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayer Association said the proposed water tax is emblematic “of California’s knee-jerk reaction to default to a new tax whenever there’s a new problem.”

“It isn’t sound policy to tax a resource that is essential to life,” the Association of California Water Agencies noted, a coalition of public water agencies throughout the state. “The combined local administrative costs would exceed the combined statewide water tax revenue collected with local water bills.”

But more than concerns over the cost of the new tax or its administrability, is the simple fact that it runs counter to the will of the California electorate.

In the last election, voters defeated a statewide measure proposed to allocate $500 million in bond funding to ensure compliance with drinking water standards. According to a statewide poll conducted by Tulchin Research in 2018, 73 percent of likely California voters oppose the proposed tax on drinking water.

“Opposition to this proposed statewide tax on drinking water holds true among every major demographic group in the state,” Tulchin notes. “In a rare display of bipartisanship, Democrats and Republicans oppose the tax by nearly identical margins as do voters in both Northern and Southern California and voters in all ethnic groups.”

One key to understanding the unpopularity of the water tax is that California is already among the most heavily taxed states in the country. The Foundation for Economic Freedom reports that California already has one of the largest tax burdens in the country, pointing out that “In 2017, the state collected $82 billion in tax revenue — nearly $4 billion more than expected.”

Yet despite the state’s enviable financial status, Newsom’s plan to improve the quality of drinking water in the state appears to be taken from the usual liberal playbook: More taxes and more government as the solution for every societal problem.

But this suggests a lack of creative thinking on the part of the governor. There are, in fact, other solutions to the problem of contaminated water, experts say. “We think the problem can be solved without a tax,” says Cindy Tuck, deputy executive director of the ACWA.

One promising non-tax alternative to improving California’s drinking water is the Safe Drinking Water Trust funded by the state’s general fund during years with a budget surplus, as proposed by ACWA and California Municipal Utilities Association. According to Water Tax Facts, “The net income from the trust would create a durable funding source that will help community water systems in disadvantaged communities provide access to safe drinking water.”

If the governor is sincere in his desire to address water quality, he should first explore how alternative mechanisms like the Water Trust could be strengthened before he demands more money from already hard-pressed California taxpayers.

For now, the proposed water tax is further evidence that the state’s liberal politicians are all wet. And if they get their way, the rest of us will simply be hung out to dry.

Timothy Snowball is an attorney with Pacific Legal Foundation, a public interest law firm.


The views and opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author and do not reflect the official position of The Daily Caller.

California just mandated LGBT indoctrination of all children in public schools, and parents have no choice to opt out

Natural News
8 January 2018
Ethan Huff

(Natural News) Several hundred new laws have come into effect in California as of the first of the year, and one of them shamelessly strips parents of elementary-age children of their right to opt out of brand new LGBT-promoting curriculum that’s now being taught throughout the state’s public schools.

Reports indicate that LGBT-inclusive textbooks are now being mandated for use at public elementary schools throughout the Golden State, where children as young and four or five will now be subjected to propaganda that promotes homosexuality, transgenderism, and whatever other sexual perversions (bestiality? pedophilia?) that liberalism might suddenly decide is normal for humans.

Based on the law’s verbiage, students will be subjected to LGBT-promoting curriculum in order to brainwash them into accepting any flavor of the sexual rainbow that a person might choose to adopt. By indoctrinating these little ones into total sexual acceptance, public school administrators will achieve the law’s goal of requiring “fair, accurate, inclusive, and respectful” treatment of LGBT-identifying people, a.k.a. absolute acceptance of every type of sexuality.

Not only that, but the curriculum’s authors further took it upon themselves to assign gay and lesbian labels to various historical figures who never married, for instance, or who lived with someone of the same sex. In other words, every historical figure who didn’t overtly have a spouse of the opposite sex is assumed to be LGBT, and this is what California elementary school students will now be taught with no option for an exemption.

“We’re not trying to make anybody gay; we’re not saying there’s an agenda; we’re not saying that these people are better than other people; what we’re saying is this is another group of Americans and they face certain prejudices,” insists Mark Jarrett, one of the publishers of the new curriculum who portrays historical figures like Jane Adams, Emily Dickinson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and President James Buchanan as LGBT, even though there is no concrete historical evidence to suggest that any of these individuals self-identified as such.

LGBT mafia rewriting history as it corrupts the minds of young students

While Jarrett adamantly denies that he’s in any way trying to push revisionist LGBT history on young, impressionable minds, he’s doing precisely that with his textbooks. For instance, eighth graders will now be taught that legendary stagecoach driver Charlie Parkhurst “was a woman who identified as a man.” The textbooks also state that George Washington’s chief of staff, Baron Von Steuben, “may have been gay.”

Even famous poet Walt Whitman is maligned in Jarrett’s curriculum, with text stating that Whitman “was drawn to young men … but denied his same sex preferences in public.”

None of this is in any way historically accurate, of course. Back in the old days before terms like gay and lesbian even existed as an “identity,” many men and women alike fostered deep relationships with people of the same sex that were not necessarily sexual in nature, but that were still meaningful.

It was a unique type of love that’s rare today, and that transcends anything that the deranged minds of today’s LGBT mafia could ever possibly understand. And it is precisely because people like Jarrett fail to recognize anything other than perverse sexual lust that they are now taking it upon themselves to completely rewrite history in order to fit their own seared perspectives.

Not only is California actively promoting this pro-LGBT narrative in public schools using taxpayer dollars – and forcing parents to accept it for their children – but it is also actively rejecting all curriculum that doesn’t promote LGBTism as healthy and normal. It’s not much different from California’s authoritarian policy on “mandatory” vaccinations, which no longer allows parents to exempt their children for reasons other than those of a medical nature.

Sources for this article include:

TruthRevolt.org

NaturalNews.com

My Conclusion: School in California has become a hellhole for the children. If you Parent I advise you to keep your children away from those school and instead home school them with the knowledge that your children required to get by in life so they can have future. Let rebel against the tyrannical system that is design to keep us in the dark; and educate ourselves so we can have a future.

California lawmaker wants to ban gas car sales after 2040

Source:Sacbee
Date: 29 September 2017
Author: Alexei Koseff

France and the United Kingdom are doing it. So is India. And now one lawmaker would like California to follow their lead in phasing out gasoline- and diesel-fueled vehicles.

When the Legislature returns in January, Assemblyman Phil Ting plans to introduce a bill that would ban the sale of new cars powered by internal-combustion engines after 2040. The San Francisco Democrat said it’s essential to get California drivers into an electric fleet if the state is going to meet its greenhouse gas reduction targets, since the transportation sector accounts for more than a third of all emissions.

“The market is moving this way. The entire world is moving this way,” Ting said. “At some point you need to set a goal and put a line in the sand.”

California already committed five years ago to putting 1.5 million “zero-emission vehicles,” such as electric cars and plug-in hybrids, on the road by 2025. By that time, the state wants these cleaner models to account for 15 percent of all new car sales.

But progress has been modest so far, as consumers wait for prices to drop and battery ranges to improve, or opt for large trucks and SUVs that are not available among electric offerings. Slightly more than 300,000 zero-emission vehicles have now been sold in California, and they accounted for just under 5 percent of new car sales in the state in the first half of the year.

Ting is among the policymakers pushing to increase incentives for drivers to ditch their gas guzzlers. He is also working on legislation that would overhaul California’s electric car rebate program by making more money available for rebates, then ratcheting down the value of those discounts as the state hits sales targets.

“California is used to being first. But we’re trying to catch up to this,” Ting said.

France and the United Kingdom both announced this summer that they would ban the sale of new gas and diesel cars after 2040. India is aiming to get there by 2030. And China said this month that it would stop the production and sale of vehicles powered solely by fossil fuels in the coming years.

Mary Nichols, chair of the California Air Resources Board, caused a stir earlier this week when she told Bloomberg News that California might consider doing the same.

“I’ve gotten messages from the governor asking, ‘Why haven’t we done something already?’ The governor has certainly indicated an interest in why China can do this and not California,” she said.

Her remarks were met with skepticism from automakers and industry analysts, and outrage from many drivers. But Ting said the state must be aggressive in establishing a vision for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

“If you had told me five years ago that we might have autonomous vehicles on the road soon, I would have laughed,” he said. “The technology is moving so quickly, I don’t know if by 2040 we’ll be owning our own cars.”

My Conclusion: They banning car in the name of reducing carbon emission and climate change is use as an excuse to pass laws to further the globalist agenda. This has nothing to with saving the earth.

Is drought in California Finally coming to an end?

On 12 January 2017 California got some heavy rain from that storm and snow in the ski resorts in California, Nevada but 12 feet (3.658 meters) of snow which would be enough to cause the ski resort to close due to too much snow. With all that heavy rain California but would it be enough to end the drought? Continue reading Is drought in California Finally coming to an end?

CalExit: Californians Call for Secession After Trump Victory

Hillary supporters are hoping California will secede from the Union and become its own country since Donald Trump will become our next president. Media analyst Mark Dice has the story. © 2016 by Mark Dice

Matthew Concludes: Oh well I’m felt sorry for the Hillary Supporters oh well that too bad that Donald Trump won the election. Thing is I’m proud of Trump’s victory not because I’m willing to supporter the winning team because I did my research on both Clinton and Trump so I know what Trump stands for also know what Clinton stand for. People in California don’t call themselves American but call themselves Californian because they can’t stand have a culture becoming healthy because they love the culture of illusion and falsehood. That why they call for a Calexit because they can’t stand integrity and dignity so they want to have country to base they illusion and falsehood which Hollywood is based. Hollywood is all about status and showing off; it also a very cliquish, exclusives and secretive society to be in. Hollywood is a place of materialism, hedonism, narcissism and dissatisfaction and it’s place of that is not based on morals. For me I like to live a culture based on integrity and dignity not a culture base on materialism, illusion and lacks integrity.

Nestle continues pumping California dry to sell public water for outrageous profits

Source: Natural News
Date: 14 September 2015
Author: J. D. Heyes

(NaturalNews) Drought-shaming in California – the calling out, usually via social media, of neighbors and others who break water-use rules – has become quite prevalent as the state continues to suffer through a historic drought. But not everyone is getting shamed equally.

As reported by TheAntiMedia.com, one company that is getting less than its fair share of shame is Nestle, which, though the giant company has drawn some of the public’s ire, has not received nearly enough “to have spontaneously sprouted a conscience.” Continue reading Nestle continues pumping California dry to sell public water for outrageous profits