I personally am not a rich man. I work hard for the money that I earn and I believe that most individuals do as well whether they’re rich, poor or average. I cannot support this “millionaire’s tax” because of my future aspirations to be a self-made millionaire and also because of the damning effect it will have on our states long-term economic growth.
I know that if that day ever comes when I am worth seven figures, that I will know that I worked very hard and possibly a lifetime for the money I’ve earned. It is not my fault that America was found on the claim that anyone whether young or old, immigrant or natural citizen can build their life here and achieve prosperity and that we’ve been taught that our whole lives. The wealthy should be strongly encouraged to give more if they’re so inclined, but they should not be forced to pay more due to their usually self made fortune. California could provide certain benefits to individuals who CHOOSE to pay extra taxes such as stock share in businesses created by California tax dollars or a temporary tax exempt card for everyday purchases. The taxpayer will be given a base percentage of taxes they must pay, but if the taxpayer is inclined then they may give an extra percentage of either 1%, 2% or 3% while keeping in mind the benefits of doing so. They would also not be able to exceed the 3% increase in order to keep billionaires from writing large checks for a say in California’s elections or legislature. This idea doesn’t stray far from Gov. Brown’s proposed plan that will raise taxes for the same demographic by the same percentage points, it simply gives the taxpayers a choice.
Didn’t our California legislators learn to ask politely instead of taking things from people. They are essentially reaching in the pockets of any earner of over $250,000 per year and getting away with stealing their money because the rich are out populated in the state. According to Anthony York of PolitiCal, ” Brown’s new proposal will raise rates on those earning more than 250,000 (per year) by one percentage point”. York goes on to point out that the richer you are the more you will suffer by stating “(the rates increase) by two points on those making more than $300,000 and by three points on those earning over $500,000”. But what exactly will they do with the money?
California has a history of mis-using tax payer dollars for lavish trips to Hawaii, boxes of cigars, pricey bottles of liquor, expensive meals and other getaways. Why should anyone pay another tax dollar after this news!? The state of California cannot even offer the most basic of request that tax payers ask for such as schools, fire, police and roads. Our roads are terrible and so are the freeways! The schools are filled with sex predators and half the kids aren’t even graduating! The firefighters budget has been cut severely, therefore their response times and effectiveness have gone in the toilet! We as taxpayers aren’t pleased with these simple requests, therefore why should we trust the legislators with more of our money despite who it’s coming from! This to me seems like an easy way to squeeze more money out of the bloody and beaten California. This type of practice of taxing the wealthy and mis-using the funds has continued to drive businesses out of California. If you dont believe me, please read this.
Legislators know that the rich are part of the California minority which should help win an election because of there simply aren’t enoughof the rich to out vote the rest of the populous. We as honest Californians should stand up and not let these slimy crooks steak anymore ofour citizens dollars! I, again, am not rich, I’m not even close to being rich. But I know right from wrong and the legislators have beenusing our tax dollars in a wrong manner and that is what should be stopped. We cannot afford tolet our state go down in flames becauseof incompetent state “leaders”. We and our children are in danger because they cannot keep us safe any longer. It seems as if the basic needs for taxpayers is simply too expensive to grant to California taxpaying citizens. Gov. Brown, please bring back the California I once knew and loved, but don’t take all my money trying to do so.