|Comrade Obama has handed the GOP an oil industry jobs and taxes issue on a |
silver platter and the GOP is too fucking stupid to act.
Does California have an opposition party? - No
- The dysfunctional Republican Party does not know what it believes in.
- Voters are given a choice between Red Flag waving Socialism and a me-too, half-a-loaf Socialist party.
Judging by the actions of the California GOP we do not have an opposition party in the state. Republicans are clueless about oil, jobs and taxes. Comrade Obama and Dear Leader Jerry Brown have handed the GOP the issues of gas prices and new jobs in the oil industry and the GOP does nothing..
In 1978 Proposition 13 did something the California GOP never dreamed of. A wave of brand new "Prop 13" babies were swept into the State Assembly. Those new Republican legislators had Howard Jarvis and Paul Gann to thank, not the GOP. Prop 13 was put on the ballot by an independent group. Big Government Republican legislators had placed Prop 8 on the ballot to undercut the Jarvis tax revolt.
Fast forward to 2012, the GOP has done NOTHING to get hot button Propositions on the November ballot that might boost the campaigns of their candidates. Instead countless millions have been wasted on getting propositions on ballots about redistricting.
Oil Industry Job and Taxes
One lone Republican has a partial vision (just a partial one). He wants to save strapped California motorists money by freezing the sales tax on gasoline whenever the pump price jumps above $4 a gallon.
The idea, said George Runner, a Republican member of the State Board of Equalization, is to put a few bucks back in consumers' pockets.
Non-Thinking Republicans - Runner threw this out in a near meaningless press release while the rest of his party sits around with their thumbs up their asses.
Because Republican leaders are brainless they do not take this to its logical conclusion. Get that thought on the ballot in a Proposition that their candidates can campaign on. Add to it a Proposition to allow oil drilling off the coast creating new jobs, wealth and tax income to the state treasury.
Instead Republicans cower under their desks in fear and apathy.
Gasoline prices in California averaged $4.33, according to AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report. Runner said his proposal, expected to be introduced soon in the Legislature, would save consumers $1.4 billion a year if retail gas prices hit $5 a gallon.
"This should be a reasonable issue for us to talk about without being partisan," Runner said. (What the Hell is wrong about being partisan?) "We should try to figure out how to help motorists and taxpayers who are getting walloped at the pump."
Sales tax revenue on gasoline for cities and counties rose 22.5% for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. And a change in the tax formula two years ago is ensuring that the state per-gallon gasoline excise tax revenue stays even with fuel-price inflation.
"We're not interested in undermining funding for local governments," said Robin Swanson, a spokeswoman for Assembly SpeakerJohn A. Perez (Socialist Democrat-Los Angeles).
California now has the second-highest level of gas taxes in the nation with an average of 67 cents a gallon, just below New York's 67.4 cents a gallon, according to the American Petroleum Institute.
For every gallon of gasoline they buy, California motorists pay a federal excise tax of 18.4 cents and a state excise tax that is 35.7 cents now but fluctuates annually. The local sales taxes average 3.1% on the cost of gas and on the excise taxes, essentially a tax on taxes. That amounts to more than $10 in taxes for a 15-gallon tank of gasoline.