Patriot Groups throughout the Maricopa and North Pinal County area.
On January 2, I wrote a semi-satirical piece on California's rejection of Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman in favor of Jerry Brown and Barbara Boxer for Governor and US Senator, respectively. I sarcastically recommended several more ridiculous steps they might take to turn California into a true Progressive's Paradise.
Evidently I didn't use enough imagination. In the space of just the last few days, California has put two more items on the list I never would have thought of.
On June 29, Jerry Brown signed the "Amazon Tax", which will tax transactions executed on Amazon with an affiliate that has a physical presence in California, even though Amazon itself has no physical presence in California (gee ... I wonder why Amazon has been avoiding California ... ).
Brown's move is not only of questionable Constitutionality, it is almost certainly self-defeating. The ruling affects all online retailers in California and adds yet another incentive for no less than 25,000 businesses with physical presence in California and internet sales channels to simply pick up and move away! Amazon in particular has already notified its affiliates in California that it plans to drop them now that the California law has been signed. Further, California sales tax revenue will almost surely drop when these affiliates lose their Amazon-based outlet. And those that move away will take still more jobs away with them, sacrificing the income & sales taxes that came from those jobs.
Nice move, Governor Brown!
However, not to be outdone, a committee of the San Francisco City Council has just recommended a total ban on all pet ownership in the city -- even goldfish! Wow. I never would have thought of that one in my January column.
Where's that vaunted Progressive "compassion" that Howard Dean used to crow about? Evidently, it does not extend to elderly citizens who live alone except for the companionship of a dog or cat whom they love dearly.
Well then, the future of California, America's Progressive's Paradise, is really beginning to take shape now.
Try to imagine Detroit with nicer scenery. And try to imagine a place like George Orwell's London in Nineteen Eighty-Four, where everything is either mandatory or forbidden. Then you'll be on the right track.
I don't know about you, but I'm mesmerized ... it's like watching a train wreck in slow motion.