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The Yacht Party Campaign Strategy: No New Taxes, Screw Everyone Else

by: Robert Cruickshank

Wed Apr 09, 2008 at 06:00:00 AM PDT

Republican candidates for the open seats in November are already beginning to push their ads out. In SD-33, Assemblywoman and proud Yacht Party member Mimi Walters is putting out this ad, cosponsored by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. The ad is a ringing defense of the ruinous anti-tax politics that have brought California to its knees. The copy, in case you don't feel like clicking on the "Red County" link:

Send a Tax-Fighter to the State Senate! Republican Assemblywoman Mimi Walters, Endorsed by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

"Taxpayers know Mimi Walters is the stand-up conservative [irony: the picture next to this shows Mimi sitting down] we can trust to protect taxpayers and private property rights. Mimi is one of our best friends in the state legislature and one of the strongest voices in Sacramento for common sense budgets and smaller government. We need to keep her working for California's taxpayers." Jon Coupal, President, HJTA

Tax-fighter Mimi Walters is working to:

-Protect Prop 13
-Stop tax increases
-Enact a state government spending limit
-Protect the 2/3 vote requirement for budgets and taxes
-Stop gas tax increases

So there it is, Mimi Walters is planning to run a virulently anti-tax campaign aimed at winning over the oh-so-crucial Howard Jarvis and Club for Growth crowd. Meanwhile, schools in SD-33, such as in Aliso Viejo, are facing crippling teacher layoffs and visitors are being discouraged from south county beaches thanks to a lifeguard shortage.

Mimi Walters' makes it clear who her constituents are, and who they are not. It shows that she, like most of the Republican legislative candidates, believes that any level of suffering and economic damage is acceptable so long as not one red cent in taxes is raised. I'm sure the parents who live in SD-33 and worry about their children's education will be pleased to hear it.

This sort of radical go-down-with-the-ship tactic shows two important things. One, at a time when the state GOP is starved for funds, Republican candidates are going to have little choice but to accept funds from extremist groups like Howard Jarvis. Second, that means Republicans have no choice but to take a far-right line that is not in touch with the state's voters when dealing with the budget, and that is going to open up opportunities for Democrats.

The Democratic candidate in SD-33 is Gary Pritchard. He's going to have an uphill battle no matter what, but if Mimi Walters is going to run as an anti-tax zealot happy to see her constituents suffer in crowded classrooms and on crowded freeways, then it gives him an invaluable opening.

Robert Cruickshank :: The Yacht Party Campaign Strategy: No New Taxes, Screw Everyone Else
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How can she make such promises? (6.50 / 2)
That's my question, how can she promise such things?  Does she really think that Orange Count residents are that dumb?  

4,000 students, teachers and parents rallied at a local High School for Saddleback USD and their proposed teacher layoffs. Do you think they are worried about their taxes and who is going to protect their wallets or do they care about the quality public education for their children?

I'm willing to bet that any revenue increases would be far less expensive than people feeling the need to pay for private education.

Thanks for the great diary!

(Disclosure, I'm Gary's wife and he's that guy running as a Democrat in the 33rd district).

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Progress, not perfection!

Look at the VLF (6.50 / 2)
$150 per year per driver, to raise $6.1 billion - which would totally eliminate the proposed education, health care, and parks cuts.

Surely folks would be willing to kick in an extra $150/year.

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Thank you Robert (8.00 / 3)
Taxes serve a purpose and although I'm sure no one is giddy while paying them, their existence is what allows the State Government to provide such things as a quality public education.  This may be something that many "Howard Jarvis" Republicans take for granted but working families, regardless of party, depend on a quality public education system since many cannot afford a private education for their children.

Thanks again!

Welcome! (6.50 / 2)
Excellent comment, and one I strongly agree with. Nobody likes taxes - but, they have a place, and are necessary to provide for the services and opportunities that our state needs to function. Without public education there is no upward mobility, no entrepreneurialism, no creativity, no economic growth.

Best of luck in your campaign!

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