California Governor Jerry Brown Slams Taxpayers As “Freeloaders” For Opposing Higher Taxes

By Mac Slavo

Millions of Californians are outraged by a recent bill that would increase the state’s gas tax by 12 cents per gallon, and increase vehicle license fees by $50 per year. All told, the plan amounts to a $52 billion tax hike. The proposal has since been passed in the state’s legislature, despite the fact that a majority of Californians opposed the bill. The tax is so controversial that state senator Josh Newman, who helped it pass, may face a recall election in the near future.

Amid this outrage, California Governor Jerry Brown defended the senator and the gas tax in a recent speech, during which he revealed how much disdain he has for middle class voters who are tired of being taxed to death.

Republicans say budget cuts should be made to fund road maintenance. A failed GOP plan proposed last year would have tapped into cap-and-trade money used to lower greenhouse gas emissions, cut Caltrans positions and eliminated other positions that have been vacant. It identifies other funding sources, but doesn’t specify what programs would be cut if that money was diverted to roads.

Brown said the plan is unrealistic.

“The freeloaders — I’ve had enough of them,” Brown said, adding that the approved tax and fee hikes bring those charges to the level they were 30 years ago if adjusted for inflation. “They have a president that doesn’t tell the truth and they’re following suit.”

Of course, it isn’t just a few Republican senators who don’t want the tax hike. Polls have shown that more than half of Californians oppose it. I suppose they’re a bunch of freeloaders right?

And what he doesn’t say, is that California already has some of the highest taxes in the nation. Californians already give so much money to the government, and yet the state has some of the worst roads in the country. California doesn’t have a problem with people who aren’t willing to pay their fair share to keep the state’s infrastructure functional.

California has a problem with a state government that is fiscally irresponsible. It’s a known fact that the revenue generated from the current gas tax is often diverted to general funds, even though there is a law in California which states that gas taxes can only be spent on transportation.

Instead of recognizing that reality, Jerry Brown has the audacity to claim that hardworking people who don’t want their taxes increased are a bunch of freeloaders (that is, the same people who pay his salary). He shifts the blame for California’s financial state away from himself and his political party, and onto the “freeloaders,” who he believes must be Trump supporters. Last I heard though, conservatives in general don’t just want lower taxes. They want less spending, too. That’s not freeloading.

If anyone’s a freeloader, it’s the liberals like Jerry Brown who have been running California into the ground for years. They’re the ones who push for more taxes every year, before wasting that money and asking for more.

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10 Comments on "California Governor Jerry Brown Slams Taxpayers As “Freeloaders” For Opposing Higher Taxes"

  1. standtogether247 | May 18, 2017 at 12:53 pm | Reply

    Too funny. I’ve been hoping something would happen to shut that guy up….and he supplied it himself. Why is it government NEVER recognizes that it’s size is the reason there’s no money? They want to keep the size, and just have more money given to them.

  2. A smidgeon more of taxes and immediately California acts as if a pound of flesh is cut from their rump. Rumps that, by and large, could actually use having a pound cut away from it here and there.

    I’m with the governor on this one and I wouldn’t trust a politician to tell me water is wet.

    • How are the illegal, sanctuary cities being funded, and who switched California into a “sanctuary” state, in violation of the US Constitution?

  3. We’re freeloaders after they misappropriate tax funds, now they need more. Bunch of rat mouthed criminals.

  4. More crap from the never enough spew.
    I would hope that good folks would move away and leave the country of californication to the the illegals.

  5. Indiana passed a 10 cents hike for gas just recently and are looking at creating more toll roads. It’s not enough that Indiana citizens aren’t taxed for everything already, and that scandalous toll road sales to foreign countries that ended in utter failure have already happened and been forgotten by politicians or anything.

    Not many years ago a local politician sent out a flyer asking what we the citizens wanted the state to do with all the excess money they had for the year, give it to law enforcement or schools? I was thinking how about reduce taxes if you can come right out and admit you have stolen more money than you need and have to ask us what to do with it.

  6. Is governor Brown´s personal wealth paralleling that of the californians occupying positions in the USCongress, e.g. Pelosi, Boxer, Waters? Have all become wealthier due to insider information, bribes and kickbacks, since their salaries will not make them wealthy? Is Governor Brown following the pattern of the farm boy from Austria, Schwarzenneger, who became a movie star, then governor of California, then bankrupted the state while having extra-marital affairs around the U.S. and with their house-maid ? How many billions does governor Brown spend on illegal aliens, violating immigration law and the US Constitution? Are the tax-increase billions intended for the illegal, sanctuary cities?

  7. State Governors are Free Loader by nature. California needs a Brown Out!

  8. I.M. Pistoff | May 19, 2017 at 2:28 pm | Reply

    Freeloaders: see Government employees.

  9. The long term goal is to get cars off the road.

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