If you're not familiar with the fiscal condition of my home city of Los Angeles, it's a depressing microcosm of the federal government and the state of California. Taxing too much and spending even more, the city already has a sales tax of 9 cents and a projected annual budget deficit of $216 million.
To get voters to OK the higher sales tax and add $200 million in annual revenue to City Hall's $7.2 billion budget, LA's politicians imitated the president's tactics.
Just as Obama tried to scare the public into believing that the sequester would hurt our national security, the local pols here tried to scare voters into thinking public safety would be endangered without Proposition A.
Proposition A was backed by the police chief and outgoing Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who used police academy recruits as props and warned of losing 500 city cops if the sales tax hike was defeated.
I'm happy to report that the voters of the City of Los Angeles saw through the sham. Proposition A went down to defeat Tuesday night, crushed by a final margin of 55 percent to 45 percent.
Proposition A's defeat was a minor victory in the great war against government taxing and spending.
But when voters in a liberal city like Los Angeles can't be scared into voting for higher taxes, it's a sign that maybe Americans are getting wise to government lies and the politicians who tell them.