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The ruling Democrats’ thieving, deceitful tax hike scheme

Monday, August 3, 2020, 10:10 am | Randy Thomasson
“Can’t you cut the waste instead?”

They’ve already hurt you, and intend to hurt you more.

You already know California state government has made you poorer. But did you know that the California Legislature has been virtually controlled by Democrats for the last 60 years? And that Democrats control three-quarters of both the State Assembly and State Senate?

This year, your Democrat-controlled state government is destroying small businesses and family livelihoods with their extremely harmful lockdown. And now, they’re coming in for the kill with AB 1253 to directly raise income taxes without a vote of the people.

As a native Californian, I can’t remember anything like this. But the over-confident, thieving Democrat politicians are drunk with power. That’s why they’re daring to massively raise taxes by government fiat, not letting the voters decide, and doing this damage the same year that state government has financially injured Californians, and in an election year too.

AB 1253 would massively raise taxes on the rich, as if California taxes punishing success weren’t already too high. As California Political Review explains:

AB 1253 would add Revenue and Taxation Code Section 17044 to create three new tax rates for amounts of income above specified thresholds. As a tax levy, it would take effect immediately upon the Governor’s signature and chaptering by the Secretary of State. The bill would apply retroactively to tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2020. As a tax increase measure, it would require a 2/3 vote of both houses of the Legislature pursuant to Article XIIIA, Section 3 of the California Constitution.

Specifically, AB 1253 would add a new section to the Revenue and Taxation Code to provide the following three higher tax rates (in addition to the existing ones):

A 1% tax on income above $1 million, but not over $2 million
A 3% tax on income over $2 million, but not over $5 million
A 3.5% tax on income over $5 million

This would make the state with the highest income taxes even more infamous about taking money from the responsible to give to the irresponsible.

Under AB 1253, the most successful earners would see their state income tax rate jump from 13.3% to 16.8%. Making things worse, this tax would be retroactive to January 2020!

Now before you breathe a sigh of relief and think, “I’m glad my taxes won’t go up — this is only a tax on the rich,” think again. Because the power to tax is the power to destroy. Taxing one group always has intended consequences, hurting other people too.

Here are four ways AB 1253’s huge new tax on the rich would hurt everybody:

  1. Million-dollar earners will move out of state. We’ve seen this before and we’ll see it again. The wealthy already have the highest mobility in society with the greatest number of options of where to live. Expect to see an exodus of wealthy Californians, even if only to the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe. That means the ruling Democrats will be more likely to raise taxes on lower earners instead. Because water always finds its way to the lowest level, doesn’t it? 
  2. In turn, you’ll experience inflation. Million-dollar earners that stay in California are smart enough not to lose money. So, because most of them own businesses, they’ll look for more ways to get more money from their customers. This means higher prices for us all. Ready to suffer more? 
  3. It’ll be easier for the ruling Democrats to directly raise taxes on you later. By accepting a huge tax hike on one “class” of Californians, then by reelecting the tax-hikers, we’re telling them we accept regular tax increases as “normal.” This will throw gasoline on the fire for more sales tax hikes, car tax hikes, and income tax hikes creeping into more tax brackets. Remember, to be a good Democrat politician today, you have to think other people’s money is yours. AB 1253 is training them to do that ever so much more so to you and your family. 
  4. AB 1253’s huge tax hike hides all the wasteful spending. Not once will the ruling Democrats say publicly there’s any waste to slash. They won’t admit there’s a mountain of waste, fraud, and abuse throughout California state government. Making it easy for them to deceive and hide waste is 60+ years of Democrats controlling the State Legislature, and no independent, out-of-state, Texas-style audit. And this year, in the midst of the destructive lockdown of Gavin Newsom and the Democrats, government workers continue to be paid, and government pensions continue to rise. AB 1253 is the equivalent of a bad employee — who’s been hurting your customers, wasting your resources, and not caring to do his job — coming to you and demanding a raise. Don’t give the ruling Democrats a raise — fire them!

    TAKE ACTION NOW: Please contact your own state assemblymember and state senator, as well as Governor Gavin Newsom. Tell them, “Oppose AB 1253. No new taxes!” Enter your voter registration address here to reveal the websites of your state assemblymember and state senator. Click their links to see the telephone numbers and web contact forms for each. To contact Governor Newsom, click here.

    “The power to tax is the power to destroy.”
    From the words of Daniel Webster and John Marshall in 1819

5 questions for California pastors

Saturday, July 25, 2020, 12:05 pm | Randy Thomasson

Why are pastors closing up their congregation’s meeting place?

Every pastor in California or anywhere else where a Democrat governor’s administration has “ordered” a cancellation of congregational meetings needs to ask and answer these five questions:

Q: Is there a New Testament mandate for meeting and singing?
A: Yes, there is. Hebrews 10:24-25, Ephesians 5:19, Colossians 3:16, James 5:13

Q: Are you guaranteed free exercise of religion in the U.S. Constitution?
A: Yes, you are. “Congress shall make no law … prohibiting the free exercise … of religion”

Q: Is pastoral ministry to congregation members needed more than ever?
A: Yes, indeed. California pastor: “We’ve been essential for 2,000 years”, California pastor: “We are a hospital for all kinds of different people. The church is essential”, Rick Warren: Meeting people’s four deepest needs

Q: Is there a written law passed by the California State Legislature and signed by California’s governor?
A: No, there isn’t. See Peggy Hall’s analysis

Q: Are police likely to barge in on a Sunday morning to warn or cite you?
A: No, they’re not. Most California sheriffs and police chiefs didn’t bother churches earlier this year, and since then, several have announced they would not enforce the lockdown or masks or both.

Ultimately, the question is will pastors fear God or man. The recommended “considerations” (not a duly-approved statute) from the unelected state employees of the California Department of Public Health are easy to resist, since not many cops want to barge into a Sunday morning church service.

And what if they did? Is there no Biblical example of suffering for Jesus Christ and being loyal to Him — no matter what?

Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season.
Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.
2 Timothy 4:2

Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.
Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works,
or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.
Revelation 2:4

How I’m still not wearing a mask

Wednesday, July 22, 2020, 11:37 am | Randy Thomasson

Because I knew the lockdown, social distancing, wiping down, and mask mandates were not based on science, I determined not to block my own oxygen intake, or be treated like an animal, or satisfy the Tyrannical Left by “drinking their Kool-Aid.”

Today, I can confirm that if you shop at a large chain store (which I’ll just refer to as “W”), you don’t have to wear a mask. This is despite the store’s new mask mandate. On the day it was implemented, exemptions appeared on a brand-new sign at the store entrance. Despite stating face masks were mandatory for all customers, the sign also said infants and young children, as well as persons with health conditions, are exempt.

So, if you want to avoid mask mandates, here’s what I suggest:

1. Choose from one of these exemption forms created by SaveCalifornia.com, and print several copies: mental health condition | medical condition | medical condition obstruct breathing | disability

2. Print the CDPH “guidelines” with the state-recognized exemptions, and highlight them.

3. Place all in a folder, and take the folder with you whenever visiting a business.

A winning strategy is to quickly get past the door attendant. Without breaking a stride, walk straight ahead and don’t look at the attendant. If he or she calls out, “Medical exemption?”, just keep walking, but quickly turn your head to clearly say, “Yes.” Or if they call out, “Have a mask?”, keep walking and turn your head, saying, “I’m exempt.” (After you’ve successfully done this once at a particular store, if you see the same door attendant, look them in the eye, smile, greet them, and say “Hi, I’m exempt.” They’ll want to remember you like bank tellers do.)

This will satisfy most door attendants. But at stores where they chase after you or block you, and tell you, “No exemptions,” you need to stand your ground. Be friendly but firm, and say, “Please bring the store manager here now.” You must demand to talk with the manager (who’s the likely only employee who can make independent decisions). When he or she arrives, greet them friendly, open your folder to display the CDPH document’s highlighted list, and say, “The State recognizes my exemption; I’m asking you to also recognize it.”

If you’re going to Trader Joe’s or Costco, print their own exemption policies, take them along, and have the employee or manager read them, if necessary:

Trader Joe’s
Customers Use of Face Coverings: We require customers wear a face covering while shopping in our stores. This does not apply to young children and those with medical conditions who are not able to wear face coverings.

Costco
Face Covering Requirements: To protect our members and employees, all Costco members and guests must wear a face covering that covers their mouth and nose at all times while at Costco. This requirement does not apply to children under the age of 2 or to individuals who are unable to wear a face covering due to a medical condition. The use of a face covering should not be seen as a substitute for social distancing. Please continue to observe rules regarding appropriate distancing while on Costco premises. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Remember, you don’t have to describe or justify your exemption, but simply claim it. The key is being informed and confident. And everyone can use SaveCalifornia.com’s medical condition obstruct breathing form, since all face masks obstruct normal breathing one way or another.

Ultimately, it’s a business’ God-given ownership right whether to demand customers wear masks. However, the tactics I’ve successfully used and have provided to you here will give you the best chance to avoid this. If you’re completely rebuffed by the store manager, you can always leave and attempt to shop elsewhere, and urge your friends to do the same.

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.”
Biblical civil disobedience in Daniel 3