California Governor Jerry Brown does more harm than good for the the state. It would almost be better for Conservative to leave the state, and we extend our border wall to cut them off! They can keep their HIV and sanctuary cities!
Now Brown is “warning” the fourteen congresspersons from the state that it would “morally” wrong for them to side with the president and vote for Trump’s tax reform. He is strongly urging them to vote against it.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Brown joined New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and blasted the California GOP contingent for “slavish adherence to the Republican leadership.” The Associated Press added that Brown said they were “like a herd of sheep” for Trump.
Brown is primarily concerned with Trump’s proposed repeal of the state and local tax (SALT) deduction, which would provide $1.8 trillion in revenue that could be used to grant tax cuts in other areas.
Wealthier taxpayers in high-tax states, which tend to be governed by Democrats, use the SALT deduction to lower their overall federal tax liability. As a result, state lawmakers and local officials who raise taxes to fund additional spending are somewhat insulated from the political consequences of doing so, since voters can shift the burden of higher taxes to federal taxpayers elsewhere.
On Wednesday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi also jumped on the wagon and “warned” the California House Republicans that they should not allow the federal budget to pass because it would allow an open door for tax reform.
Of course every single of them ignored Pelosi, as any sane person would do, and passed the budget with a close 216-212 vote. If only three of the Republicans had heeded Pelosi’s “warning” then we would have had an opposite outcome.
Democrats are currently targeting at least seven California Republicans for defeat in the 2018 midterm elections, as they hold U.S. House seats in districts that voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Brown is also accusing President Trump of “using a handful of states to finance the tax cuts for their states.” Ironically enough, that exact accusation could very easily describe the SALT deduction as well. —