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Old 03-03-2011, 09:29 AM
Stephen Frank Stephen Frank is offline
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Default How the Cal Chamber of Commerce Undermined Convention Center Push--May Save Taxpayers

During the last election the State Chamber of Commerce created TV ads that explained how much government employees LOVE taxes and fees.

"You might have seen the commercial last fall. It opens with a man, worried. "How do we get the voters to approve this new tax?" he asks his colleagues.

A woman very slowly suggests an idea: "What if we call it a fee?"

You can almost see the light bulb ignite. The first man, who's now smiling, concludes: "Voters never need to know."

The camera returns to the guy who was worried about getting voters to pass a tax. The idea to instead call it a fee now has him positively beaming. "I just love fees!"

The ad was for Proposition 26. The California Chamber of Commerce sponsored the commercial and spent nearly $4 million on the campaign for the initiative, which required fees that look and smell like taxes to be approved by voters "just like taxes are now." It does have a number of exemptions"

Thanks to Prop. 26 governments can no longer impose taxes and fees on us--that is why local government is in so much trouble. They can no longer tax and fee us to death.

In San Diego, does anybody believe the voters would approve taxes to build a stadium for a billionaire? The Chamber did all families a favor in passing Prop. 26.


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