Even if their loudest constituents have been participating in a crime, Humboldt’s conservative representatives will do what they can to minimize their taxes moving forward.
Never-mind revenue needs to be devised to balance private sector production and the costs of government we all want and need. You know things like public safety or even roads.
But no, let’s minimize the revenue from those free loaders and law-breakers who we all have to now admit have helped us get into this disastrous state.
We don’t have enough money (there have been no previous per-acre taxes collected from weed that would go directly to County government), we have increasing problems with violent and property crime and houselessness, and there are surely growing problems convincing children and students that they should wait to make a decision about smoking or ingesting weed until after they become adults. Don’t forget the conservation of our landscapes and culture. These are principles that a concerned conservative (and liberal) should be championing, no?
And what about our law-and-order conservatives that we hear so much about endlessly on KINS. Can we not see that we are favoring those who have been breaking the law for all these years?
And now we want to legalize this trade while laying out a red carpet and having the rest of us
suckers good people pay the tab of incentivizing more criminals out of the shadows so they may pay a gentle tax.
But this is where our conservative leadership is leading us. This obviously isn’t about conservatism at all, but about money. Whether it is the value of the land that many will benefit from with the laissez-faire attitude toward weed, or proof of the disastrous and nonsensical tax policy which would be a Grover Norquist’s dream. A flat tax that is so low that it is designed to bring more people and businesses into the tax stream instead of building a revenue stream which will help pay for known costs of this business.
Twenty-five percent tax reduction when a twenty-five cent reduction was proposed(1)? Really? Is this how little our representatives value math? Now Supervisor Sundberg’s even lower flat tax? All this when we know this regressive sales tax to maintain roads is in the offing from Humboldt County Association Of Government? Can we the people begin to see the collusion that is going on?
This is government and policy not for the people (or for that matter rationality) but for land owners and it’s being sold to us as if the little gal will ultimately profit.
This has nothing to do with conservatism as we might have defined it under Eisenhower or arguably even Reagan. This is about Tea Party populist conservatism. It’s about doing one thing with clear results, and rationalizing it as another. The only way this has been possible is with a media with a crumbling business model and, sadly, many of those in both the environmental movement and the Democratic Party that are doing what they can to get along and go along.
OK, let us add one more reason to the list: we are economically desperate. There are many people in dire financial need and many others living paycheck to paycheck. People under those circumstances are probably not inclined to pay attention to the nuance of governing. They will be listening to representatives who are telling them what they want to hear, even if in the mean time they are actually working against their interests.
(1) From LoCO: “Fennell floated a suggestion of dropping the fees by 25 cents across the board, at each level of the progressive tax. After some discussion with fellow supervisors, Bohn said that if it’s gonna be lower he’d prefer it to be a 25 percent cut across the board, rather than 25 cents. Sundberg agreed, and that’s how the item ultimately passed.“