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CORD BAUER, San Clemente
Last week was one for the history books.
Not only was the term “WW III” bandied about like we should all be researching bomb shelters, U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi finally said she’d send impeachment papers to the Senate—as if that wasn’t the normal procedure.
If someone looked at our political system, they’d think that we were the most divided nation ever. But I don’t think that’s true. Every news hour reads like a soap opera, and if the news isn’t that exciting, the media makes sure they “sex it up” a bit for ratings.
Otherwise, TV does not represent real life. But maybe I’m wrong. So let me ask a few questions to those reading this note and see if there’s common ground.
Last week, we learned that blue collar wages were increasing at a 9% rate, far higher than the 2% rate of the top earners. I think that’s awesome, and I can only assume that Democrats are happy that our economy is helping everyone, not just the rich.
And despite President Donald Trump’s massive tax cuts, the Fed is collecting record tax revenues. That’s great news—dropping tax rates created more tax revenue. Apparently, economist Art Laffer knows something. But the government has also increased their spending by $200 billion, which means we continue to increase our deficit.
I don’t like this, and hope everyone feels the same. Are we still on the same page? Closer to home, despite spending $3 billion on homelessness and drug abuse, California saw its homeless population increase by 17% last year.
Here’s where I think the politicians don’t represent everyday voters; if Prop 47 and Prop 57 aren’t working, we should abolish them and go back to what worked before. I have no idea why having an illegal gun (worth $550 or less) on your person was changed from a felony to a misdemeanor.
This doesn’t sound one bit like a Democrat position, but it’s Democrats who made these laws. How about changing the laws so the rape of an unconscious person is no longer a violent crime? Democrats, are you OK with this? I didn’t think so.
A new ballot initiative will seek to repeal Prop 13, but it won’t mention Prop 13 at all. Instead, it will be called “Education and Local Funding.” I can’t imagine Republicans or Democrats being OK with their property taxes skyrocketing.
Regardless of who made these lousy laws, I can’t imagine anyone from any party wants them to continue.
Am I wrong?