OC's Happiest Pro-Tax Increase Cheerleaders Are Democrats, Right?

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Those of you who don't believe that Orange County is loaded with ironies aren't paying attention.

We've got vociferously anti-gay public figures who are secretly gay or bisexual. We've got Democrats who are more Republican than, well, Republicans. And, perhaps most amazingly, we've got self-described conservative Republicans who are--drum roll--enthusiastically supportive of huge tax increases.

Yesterday, California Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown released his budget plan that includes a  whopping $6.9 billion in new taxes through a November ballot initiative.

Not surprisingly, liberals are screaming that the budget needs much larger tax increases to prevent Brown's threatened cuts to school, police and welfare programs.

But in Orange County, once proudly hailed as "Reagan Country," it took a few hours for one group to "applaud" Brown's plan: the Orange County Business Council (OCBC), a corporate lobbying organization that is dominated by wealthy Republican business executives.

In a press statement, OCBC CEO Lucy Dunn hailed Brown's plan "a solid strategy" and "a strong start" that will "restore California's economic health."

You can stop laughing now.

The OCBC has a history of advocating for tax increases.

--R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly

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jsmithson
jsmithson

You've also got the Orange County Taxpayers Association, who heartily endorsed tax-raiser Lou Correa (as did the OCBC) in 2010

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mitch young

This makes total sense. You see, the taxes we pay as individuals are in large measure going to pay the socialized costs of the many businesses in OC that employ illegal and other immigrant labor. A landscaping firm does not pay near enough taxes on its profits, even combined with the individual taxes levied on employees, to cover the cost of bringing in people from Mexico (or where-ever) and 'educating' their children (whether immigrant or 'birthright citizen'). 

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909Jeff
909Jeff

Moxley, 

Normally I would look for any reason to pick a fight with you over this but your absolutely right. and I for one would like to know whats in it for OCBC and Ms. Dunn.  This is the same group that welcomed Gavin Newsome to OC, and in two weeks will be hosting Dianne Feinstien.  And now they applaud Govorner moonbeams proposal to increase taxes.  These three people have done more to make California as a whole one of the most unfriendly places to do business in the country and the OCBC is advocating for them... I smell a rat! 

909Jeff
909Jeff

Also Moxley... In reading Lucy's bio I didn't see any political affiliation.  She was appointed to a public position by Arnold but won unanimous confirmation by the assembly... She also is actively involved in "Green" initiatives as well as "progressive" causes which leads me to believe that if she is a republican is either a little "r" or she's a RINO.  

909Jeff
909Jeff

Lets not get silly! 

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