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California gas now highest in the contiguous US

Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 10:22 am | Randy Thomasson


Californians aren’t noticing much of a gas tax hike — yet.

You see, the Democrat politicians timed their new gas tax to coincide with the state-permitted “winter blend” gasoline kicking in, which costs about 12 cents less per gallon than the state-mandated “summer blend.” How convenient for them!

Remember, the Democrat politicians are expert thieves and master manipulators. They take more money from you — slowly, so you don’t realize it. Therefore, their new gas tax will charge 12 more cents per gallon November 1, but you won’t really “feel it” until Spring 2018.

So, the first noticeable pain will be your DMV bill going up $25 to $175 on January 1, 2018. Then, when the “summer blend” fuel returns, you’ll notice the 12 cents more tax per gallon. And then, in July 2019, the Democrats’ new gas tax will increase around 7.5 cents more per gallon, which is nearly 20 cents per gallon total in new gas taxes.

California has higher gas prices than other states because of higher gas taxes (the consequences of Democrat rulers), higher gasoline regulations (it costs more to produce California-only blends), lower supply from within (the State greatly limits oil drilling), lower supply from without (the State isn’t permitting new pipelines from other states), and higher real estate prices (more depressing of the supply due to Democrats’ laws) and more expensive employees (job-killing socialism of the Democrat politicians).

Bottom line, when Democrats are in control of a state and are in bed with environmental wacko groups, you and everyone else gets socked with higher gas prices and higher prices for most everything else!

See SaveCalifornia.com’s October 31, 2017 news release, “Why jacked-up gas prices? Don’t blame oil companies, blame California state politicians”

Fill your California gas tank before Nov. 1, vote yes on repeal in 2018

Saturday, October 28, 2017, 7:45 pm | Randy Thomasson

 

You and other Californians will soon experience some noticeable pain at the pump.

Starting November 1, you’ll pay 12 cents more in taxes for every gallon of gas.

Then, in mid-2019, your gas tax will rise around 7.5 cents, totaling nearly 20 cents in higher taxes for each gallon you pump.

If you’re not angry yet, realize that the Democrat politicians have also jacked up your DMV fees. You’ll feel that pain starting in January.

The Democrats’ gas tax and DMV fee hike was unnecessary.

You already pay high gas taxes and DMV fees for the purpose of maintaining roads. California’s ruling Democrats are lying by saying they don’t have money to repair freeways, highways, and streets. Yes, they do, and they’re grossly misspending your tax dollars.

Realize they have money for a state defense fund for illegal aliens, for tax-funded abortions, for the largest welfare caseload in the nation, for the state bureaucracy’s continually growing appetite, and so much more. Do you know there hasn’t been a tough, independent audit in memory of the BILLIONS OF TAX DOLLARS wasted each and every year in Sacramento?

As most state Senate Republicans accurately said, “We can fix our roads and bridges by simply ensuring that the billions of dollars that drivers are already paying in transportation fees and taxes are actually used for transportation purposes, rather than being swept into the state’s General Fund.”

What can you do about it?

1. Plan to vote YES in 2018 to repeal the unnecessary and corrupt gas tax hike and DMV fee hike. There’s a serious effort to qualify a ballot initiative and it need your support.

2. Be careful how you vote for candidates. This year, 80 Democrats (out of 81 possible) + 1 Republican (Anthony Cannella of the Modesto area) voted to jack up your gas taxes and DMV fees. Do you want this bad behavior to continue or stop?

Sources: California Legislative Analyst
“California gas tax increase is now law,” Sacramento Bee

“When you become entitled to exercise the right of voting for public officers, let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers, “just men who will rule in the fear of God.” The preservation of our government depends on the faithful discharge of this duty; if the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made, not for the public good so much as for selfish or local purposes; corrupt or incompetent men will be appointed to execute Laws; the public revenues will be squandered on unworthy men; and the rights of the citizen will be violated or disregarded. If our government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the Divine Commands, and elect bad men to make and administer the Laws.” Noah Webster, author of the first American Dictionary, known as “The Schoolmaster of the Nation”

 

The 10 stupidest new laws of the Democrats

Friday, December 30, 2016, 3:52 pm | Randy Thomasson

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A new year means new California state laws you have to live under. Here’s a column by my friend Tim Donnelly, which appeared December 29 in Breitbart

I’m not in the habit of complaining at the outset of a column, but I’ve taken on a nearly impossible task — figuring out which, of the hundreds of new California laws about to go into effect, are the stupidest.

Don’t laugh. I’m serious.

It’s really, really hard to keep the list at 10 with hundreds of hare-brained schemes that became real laws.

After all, for far too long, the California legislature has been a “conservative-free zone” — even though there were a handful of “Republicans” occupying seats and taking up space.

I’m going to list the new laws in order of their egregiousness to me, but I’m open to additions or wholesale re-ordering if you care to comment.

Given that Californians are facing 898 new laws going into effect on January 1st, 2017, there’s plenty to hate.

Prop. 63: “2nd Amendment Nullification” Act. Although various portions go into effect in various years — yes, they staggered implementation of this “critically needed reform,” some out to 2019 — this is the most sweeping assault on our long-cherished, God-given natural right as Americans to protect our lives and our freedom. It requires you to pass a background check and pay for a permit to buy ammunition for the gun you may have just passed a background check to buy. Yeah, that’ll stop criminals — who buy their guns and ammo in parking lots from other criminals. WooHoo! Next, it makes high-capacity magazine (any magazine that holds more than 10 rounds) illegal to possess — even if you bought it prior to the current ban and ownership was previously considered grandfathered. This law should make it clear that the goal of the left is not “safety” — it’s control.

SB 880: “Bullet Button Ban.” For years, California Democrats have sought to ban a made-up classification of semi-auto rifles with “evil features” that they re-named “assault weapons” for propaganda purposes. Every year, California Democrats attempt to increase control over this “hated group” of guns — until they finally outright ban all semi-automatics. This law will not do a single thing to further public safety, as the San Bernardino terrorist attack illustrated — determined mass murderers will simply ignore and work around all gun control laws — as if they are just words on paper. One last bit of irony: in a previous legislative session, this same bill was sponsored by none other than disgraced State Senator Leland Yee. If that name sounds familiar, you’re right. Leland Yee wanted to “protect” Californians from “assault weapons” on our streets — that is, until he was arrested for trafficking fully automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades in exchange for campaign contributions. He’s currently serving a five-year prison sentence.

SB 3: Minimum Wage Hike to $15/hour by 2020. As a result of a strong socialist push by unions and complicit governments — such as the union-controlled California legislature—businesses are looking to eliminate as many jobs as possible, investing in automation instead. When you combine this with unchecked illegal immigration — where you have an unlimited labor pool willing to work for subpar wages under the table — the future for entry-level jobs and small business owners in California is bleak.

AB 1785: The “Hands Free” Law. This is another example of government gone wild. AB1785 prescribes driver behavior so severely that in and of itself, I believe it will cause more accidents — and more deaths. Not only must the phone be dash mounted — meaning you’ll have a permanent distraction right in front of you — but you may not text, take photos or video, or enter GPS destinations while driving. Fat chance of stopping those activities with a mere $20 fine. The bill does stipulate that “the only time a driver is allowed to touch the device is when he or she is activating or deactivating a “feature or function.” However, that process should only involve a “single swipe or tap of the driver’s finger,” according to the bill,” mynewsla.com reports. How about “hands off” my phone instead of an unenforceable “hands free” law?

AB 1732: Single-User Restrooms. If you’ve ever had to go so badly that you used the opposite sex restroom at a gas station or Starbucks, then perhaps you think this law is needed. But do we really need another law regulating bathrooms? Some businesses have already put signs on their single-use restrooms designating use by either sex. And sometimes people just take it upon themselves. I can’t help but think this law is unnecessary and diminishes us as a society a little.

SB 1383: Controlling Cow Flatulence. Not making this up. In spite of the fact that 53 California dairy farmers went bankrupt, moved out of state, or just closed down this year, the Marxist-Progressives are back at it again. Capture cow farts or suffer heavy fines. CARB (CA Air Resources Board) suggests inserting a tube into the cow’s digestive system and venting into a backpack. Even liberals admit that laws like this, where government tries to control the uncontrollable, can have undesirable economic consequences. Lost jobs, lost industries, lost revenue. Stupid law.

AB 857: Ghost Gun Ban. Even if you manufacture your own gun — starting with an 80% receiver — that requires you to have special skills and tools to complete the machining, you must now register it and obtain a serial number from the California Department of Justice. The purpose of this law is simply to record your name and your firearm on a list for eventual confiscation. Once again, control — not public safety — is the goal.

SB 1322: Legalizing Child Prostitution. This law bars law enforcement from arresting sex workers who are under the age of 18 for soliciting or engaging in prostitution, or loitering with intent to do so. So teenage girls (and boys) in California will soon be free to have sex in exchange for money without fear of arrest or prosecution. Now that is nuts. I understand the idea of trying to not punish the victim, but certainly granting judges discretion is better than legalizing and therefor “green-lighting” behavior that is so harmful to the individual child.

Prop. 57: Early Release for so-called Non-Violent Criminals. This was Governor Jerry Brown’s baby — the crown jewel of his prison reform initiatives. Among those offenses he considers “non-violent”: rape of an unconscious person; human trafficking involving sex acts with minors; and assault with a deadly weapon. Blogger Felicia Wilson summed it up well (original emphasis): “…Call me crazy, but shouldn’t a crime that includes the word rape or assault be considered, I don’t know… violent?”

AB 2466: Felons Voting. Low-Level felons serving sentences outside of state prison get to keep their right to vote. Hmm. Wonder which party this could possibly help? Just like the “illegal alien vote,” Democrats will have the felon vote locked down. This is simply about protecting their power and making it permanent.

When California Democrats promised to take to the streets to defend the rights of convicted felons, illegal aliens and welfare recipients, they weren’t kidding. If only they were as serious about cracking down on immigration cheats and violent criminals as they are about penalizing law-abiding citizens and gun owners, California would have more jobs, less crime — and might be a place people want to come to instead of fleeing.

This post has been updated.

Tim Donnelly is a Former California State Assemblyman. FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/tim.donnelly.12/ Twitter: @PatriotNotPol