Debra J. Saunders

Readers who like the idea of taxing the rich should be asking themselves if they are the rich without realizing it. Bustamante's budget plan promises to raise $2.9 billion for the state by changing Proposition 13 rules for commercial property. As Jon Coupal of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association noted, Plan B wouldn't just squeeze skyscrapers, "He's talking about J&B Auto Shop, too."

Few Sacramento solons believe that Bustamante could muster the two-thirds vote needed to get his Plan B through the Legislature. No problem, says Team Bustamante. In fact, failure has been anticipated. If Sacramento won't approve the Bustamante budget, he'll turn it into an initiative and bring it to the voters.

"Then the argument will have been settled," Ross explained. For three years, Sacramento hasn't settled the question of whether to cap spending or raise taxes. Voters are tired of the tussle.

By bringing Plan B before the voters, Ross explained, the debate would be settled "one way or the other."

"Somebody needs to be brave," Ross concluded.

Well, if saying you want to raise taxes on rich people and smokers is "tough," I guess, proposing that the people get to vote on whether to tax rich people and smokers qualifies for "brave."

Debra J. Saunders

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