- increase the personal income tax by one percentage point (additional $473 per year)
- increase the vehicle license fee to 1.65 percent (it's now 1.15 percent and is scheduled to drop to .65 percent next year - cost to the taxpayer, $118)
- cut the state sales tax from 6% to 3.5% (savings to the taxpayer, $677)
Now, we all know that they made these numbers up. Your Mileage May Vary, as the car ads say, depending on the age of your car and the amount of stuff you buy for which you pay sales tax, besides which, you probably don't make $60,000 a year. But just consider this arithmetic as projected.
$473 plus $118 is $591 more per year from the beleaguered taxpayer.
But the projected savings from the sales tax cut is $677.
On my calculator that's a net savings to the taxpayer of 86 bucks a year.
First of all, how does this constitute a tax increase?? Second, how do the Dems propose to eliminate the deficit if their tax changes will bring in less money than the current arrangement?? And third, can't any of these people add?? (Well, no, of course not - they're mostly in the 30-50 age range, which means they were educated under California's "new math," under which the ability to add numbers together to produce an answer was not taught. But that's another rant.)