California Governor Jerry Brown referred to California taxpayers are a bunch of “freeloaders” during a speaking engagement in Orange Country this week. And while that may be true, as liberal Californians expect their government to provide them with massive amounts of services, Brown isn’t criticizing their desire for big government. Instead, he thinks they should pay more taxes, beyond their already sky-high rates.
California Governor Jerry Brown referred to taxpayers as “freeloaders” last week for objecting to his new gas tax and car fee hikes.
“The freeloaders — I’ve had enough of them … They have a president that doesn’t tell the truth and they’re following suit,” he said. Brown was speaking in Orange County, defending State Assembly newcomer Josh Newman (D-Fullerton), who is facing a recall effort after voting for Brown’s new transportation taxes in April.
The new tax raises existing gas taxes — already among the highest in the nation — by 12 cents per gallon, with higher taxes on diesel, and slaps car owners with higher annual registration fees. Critics have pointed out that the burden of the tax falls most heavily on middle-class Californians.
Leave it to Governor Moonbeam to think that California is under-taxed. He has raised taxes multiple times during his second stint as governor, but he still doesn’t think tax rates are high enough. He likely never will.