Californians are paying outrageous sums of money to the state in order to register their cars. At sixty-nine cents per gallon, residents are already paying highest-in-the-nation state gasoline tax, and the state legislature just approved another twelve cent per gallon gas tax hike.
In addition, Governor Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown is trying to push through another forty-two cent per gallon gasoline tax increase, plus additional vehicle registration fees of 141%! This is not to mention all of the other fees and taxes not directly related to vehicle ownership. And for what?
Many of these exorbitant tax burdens on the citizenry of the Golden State are a result of its unrelenting ‘green’ initiatives. California legislators — and therefore by association Californians — are obsessed with environmentalism, caring for Mother Earth and the rest of the peace, love, hope and granola agenda.
So where have all these expenses and efforts landed California? Nowhere good.
The American Lung Association released its annual “State of the Air” report on Wednesday, and Californians upset over how much of their hard-earned money gets pilfered by the state in order to help clean up its air quality aren’t going to like the results. The study found that of the nation’s ten worst cities when it comes to air pollution/air quality, six of them are in California.
USA Today ran a report under the following headline:California again leads list with 6 of the top 10 most polluted U.S. cities
(Catch that critical word “again”?)
“California’s smoggy reputation appears to be deserved: Six of the USA’s 10 cities with the worst air pollution are in the Golden State, according to a new report.
Bakersfield, Calif., again holds the dubious distinction of having the USA’s most days of highly polluted air, based on data from 2013-2015, the American Lung Association’s annual “State of the Air” report released Wednesday found.
In addition to the worst spikes of short-term pollution — led by Bakersfield — the report also lists the cities with the worst overall year-round pollution — led by Visala/Hanford, Calif.— and the worst ozone pollution, led by the Los Angeles/Long Beach area.”
How can this be? Spending more money to improve air quality but getting air that’s worse than it used to be is similar to the federal government spending two trillion dollars on a healthcare law that’s supposed to provide coverage for everybody, but resulted in fewer people being covered.
The liberal idea of constantly raising taxes and spending more and more introduces corruption and inefficiency. In an effort to fix the problems government created, it raises taxes, introduces more agencies, imposes more regulation and the death spiral begins.
This scenario has played out like a horror movie scene a zillion times over and the ending is always the same. Yet, California legislators just can’t help themselves from buying a new ticket every time it comes around. And, of course, they help themselves to a premium seat upgrade, jumbo popcorn, some Gummi Bears, Junior Mints, hot dog and a large soda. Why not? Someone else is paying for it.
[Note: This article was written by Derrick Wilburn]