Find Real Estate Agents and Homes for Sale


Real Estate News --> California News

Don’t give in to Trump’s tax scam, California. Let’s draft our own New Deal


The intent is clearly to trigger an economic and political crisis in states such as California, pushing voters who have ... far more destructively, also the real estate taxes paid by many of the world’s wealthiest corporations – toward a new spasm ...


Archived Story

University of Southern California graduate students rally against the potential educational impact of the GOP tax cuts during a nationwide November protest(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times/TNS) Al Seib TNS University of Southern California graduate students rally against the potential educational impact of the GOP tax cuts during a nationwide November protest(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times/TNS) Al Seib TNS setLeadImageSize(); $(window).resize(function() { var clientWidth = Math.max(document.documentElement.clientWidth, window.innerWidth || 0); if (clientWidth > 767) { $('.lead-item').find('.caption').hide(); $('.lead-item .lead-caption').show(); } else { $('.lead-item .lead-caption').hide(); } setLeadImageSize(); }); $('.lead-item img').click(function(){ var elemWidth = Math.max(document.documentElement.clientWidth, window.innerWidth || 0); if(elemWidth Let’s draft our own New Deal By Sasha Abramsky Special to The Bee (function() { var SB = window.SB.v1; SB.load('UI.ShareBar', function() { SB.UI.ShareBar().init({ 'parent': '#sharebar-story-top', 'withCounts': true }).render(); }); })(); $(window).scroll(function() { var windowCurrentPos = $(window).scrollTop(); var scrollTopPos = $("#story-body-items").offset().top-50; var scrollEndPos = $("#commenting-container").offset().top; if(windowCurrentPos >= scrollEndPos || windowCurrentPos If they manage this, it won’t be because reconciliation has made the House and Senate versions of the bill somehow fairer; there’s no way that two horrific versions of “reform” alchemically morph into something even halfway decent To the contrary: if they steamroll this plunderous legislation through, it will be so that they can deliver tax breaks, at any cost, to the wealthy conservative donor class, and, equally important, so they can stick it to affluent blue states and their residents. Like so much else about Trumpian priorities, from his attacks on immigrant communities that disproportionately live in states like California and New York, through to his assault on environmental regulations, this is a payback momentIt uses the illusion of “reform” to sabotage a web of longstanding federal deductions vital to residents in high cost-of-living, liberal cities and statesThe bill targets areas of the country that have high property values, higher state and local income taxes, higher medical costs, a relatively expansive social safety net, high numbers of graduate students, high investment in alternative energy and so on This isn’t ‘reform,’ a word that comes with a connotation of progress and fairnessIt’s the equivalent of the post-World War I ‘reparations’ imposed on the losing nations by the victors, structured to be a punitive and debilitating transfer of wealth from Democratic states to Republican ones. (function() { var randomUrl = getRandomUrl('http://x.email.sacbee.com/ats/url.aspx?cr=663&wu=177,http://x.email.sacbee.com/ats/url.aspx?cr=663&wu=184,http://x.email.sacbee.com/ats/url.aspx?cr=663&wu=188,http://x.email.sacbee.com/ats/url.aspx?cr=663&wu=260'); var eventMethod = window.addEventListener ? "addEventListener" : "attachEvent"; var eventer = window[eventMethod]; var messageEvent = eventMethod == "attachEvent" ? "onmessage" : "message"; $("", { "class" : "col-xs-12", "src" : randomUrl, "scrolling" : "no", "frameborder" : "no" }).appendTo("#newsletter-signUpWidget"); eventer(messageEvent, function(e) { if (randomUrl.indexOf(e.origin) != -1 ) { var key = e.message ? "message" : "data"; var data = JSON.parse(e[key]); switch(data.messageid) { case 100: var signupevent = new CustomEvent( 'signup', {"detail": data} ); window.dispatchEvent( signupevent ); break; case 200: $('#newsletter-signUpWidget iframe').css('height', data.iframe.height); break; } } }, false ); })(); Never miss a local story. Sign up today for a free 30 day free trial of unlimited digital access. SUBSCRIBE NOW Let’s be absolutely clear: This isn’t “reform,” a word that comes with a connotation of progress and fairnessIt’s the equivalent of the post-World War I “reparations” imposed on the losing nations by the victors, structured to be a punitive and debilitating transfer of wealth from Democratic states to Republican ones. The intent is clearly to trigger an economic and political crisis in states such as California, pushing voters who have, over the past decade, at long last moved away from the sort of knee-jerk anti-tax policies that brought us Proposition 13 in 1978 – limiting not only residential property taxes but, far more destructively, also the real estate taxes paid by many of the world’s wealthiest corporations – toward a new spasm of anti-tax and anti-social spending politicsThe goal, unstated but palpable, is to make deep red Kansas the universal model – low taxes, cataclysmically low social investments, a shredded safety net, a neutered environmental and regulatory movement. There will be those in California who urge the state legislators and city officials to play defense in response: See what programs can be protected, while ceding ground on others; find ways to accommodate by trimming the local and state tax burden so as to minimize the damage caused by federal plunder. Such a strategy is guaranteed to be a losing oneOnce you start slashing programs and limiting vital expenditures, you are playing on the hard-right’s ground, playing by their rules and abiding by their prioritiesOver one or two or three electoral cycles, voters will end up concluding that a corroded safety net system isn’t worth fighting for, that instead of deaths by a thousand cuts they might as well simply protect their personal finances by slashing state and local spending, and knuckle down in the new, lean, mean reality. In such a defining, abnormal moment, California can only preserve its progressive, inclusive values by thinking big and playing offense: by showing residents, as well as other parts of the country, the value of expanded social infrastructure, the tangible pay-off from a fairer, more progressive tax code There is a reason that residents of countries like Denmark or Norway tolerate high taxesIt isn’t because they have a particular Scandinavian gene that makes them immune from the frustrations they experience when a large part of their paycheck gets taken in the form of taxesRather, it’s because they clearly see the benefits they accrue as a result of the social investments such taxes facilitate. Unlike here in America, their higher education systems don’t hobble students with years of debtTheir healthcare systems cover every resident, and unexpected accidents or sicknesses don’t result in families suddenly being thrust into destitutionTheir cities aren’t ravaged by homelessnessTheir environments are cleanTheir public transport systems are state-of-the-artTheir workers get six to eight weeks a year paid vacationNew parents get months of paid maternity and paternity leave. If the GOP’s heinous tax bill becomes law, California ought to fight back with all of the clout that the sixth largest economy in the world possessesAnd we fight back best by assertively reimagining the public realm Let’s show the rest of the country that we can create humane and expansive social infrastructure with our dollars, that we have the moral muscle to manifestly improve the lives of all residents, to create, in California, a 21st century equivalent of the New Deal In a Trumpian era in which the Feds are fetishizing greed and embedding cruelty and discrimination in public policy, Californians can resist by expanding healthcare coverage, investing in schools and universities, building up affordable housing stock and creating more rather than settling for fewer rights for workersHow ironic it would be if the GOP attempt to gut California fiscally ended up solidifying support for bold social infrastructure investments that truly benefit every resident. Sasha Abramsky is a Sacramento writer who teaches at UC DavisHis latest book is “Jumping at Shadows: The Triumph of Fear and the End of the American Dream.” He can be reached at sabramsky@sbcglobal.net Related stories from The Sacramento Bee GOP leaders reach deal to cut corporate rate to 21 percent, top individual rate to 37 percent California deserves Trump’s tax planIt’s been passing the fiscal buck for years Sasha Abramsky Randy Pench lazyLoadingModule("inlinegallery-template-189542454", "inlinegallery-target-189542454", "gallery",500, undefined, undefined, undefined, "undefined", 189542454 , 1 ); !function(){var TOUT=window.TOUT=window.TOUT||{},utils={getCanonicalLinkHref:function(){for(var links=document.getElementsByTagName("link"),i=0;i-1}}}(); !function(){var TOUT=window.TOUT=window.TOUT||{};if(console&&console.log&&console.log("Tout SDK: "+ +new Date),!TOUT._sdkScriptTagParsedAt){TOUT._sdkScriptTagParsedAt=new Date,TOUT.EMBED_CODE_VERSION="1.2.0";var sdkHost=TOUT.SDK_HOST||"platform.tout.com",sdkProtocol=TOUT.SDK_PROTOCOL||("https:"==window.location.protocol?"https:":"http:"),analyticsHost=TOUT.SDK_ANALYTICS_HOST||"analytics.tout.com",analyticsProtocol=TOUT.SDK_ANALYTICS_PROTOCOL||sdkProtocol;TOUT.onReady=TOUT.onReady||function(func){return TOUT._onReadyQueue=TOUT._onReadyQueue||[],TOUT._onReadyQueue.push(func),TOUT},TOUT.fireSimpleAnalyticsPixel=function(trigger_name,attrs){var img=new Image,url=analyticsProtocol+"//"+analyticsHost+"/events?trigger="+trigger_name;for(var attr in attrs)attrs.hasOwnProperty(attr)&&(url+="&"+attr+"="+encodeURIComponent(attrs[attr]));return img.src=url,img},TOUT.init=function(brandUid,options){options=options||{};var sdkScriptId="tout-js-sdk";if(document.getElementById(sdkScriptId)&&!options.forceInit)return TOUT;if(brandUid=TOUT.SDK_BRAND_UID||brandUid,"undefined"==typeof brandUid||"string"!=typeof brandUid||0===brandUid.length||brandUid.length>7)return TOUT.fireSimpleAnalyticsPixel("sdk_log",{log_level:"error",log_message:"BRAND_UID_NOT_DEFINED",content_page_url:window.location.href}),console&&console.error&&console.error("TOUT - Invalid Brand UID: "+brandUid),TOUT;TOUT._initOptions=options;var script=document.createElement("script");script.type="text/javascript",script.src=sdkProtocol+"//"+sdkHost+"/sdk/v1/"+brandUid+".js",script.id=sdkScriptId,script.className="tout-sdk";var firstScript=document.getElementsByTagName("script")[0];return firstScript.parentNode.insertBefore(script,firstScript),TOUT.fireSimpleAnalyticsPixel("sdk_initialized",{content_brand_uid:brandUid,sdk_embed_code_version:TOUT.EMBED_CODE_VERSION,content_page_url:window.location.href}),TOUT}}}(); (function(){ var brandUid = "a7bd74"; TOUT.mapAsyncFetchApp.init(brandUid); TOUT.init(brandUid); TOUT.mapAsyncFetchApp.fetch(); })(); ! function() { var tagalongWidth = 325; if (window.innerWidth 320 && window.innerWidth 768 && window.innerWidth 325) { tagalongWidth = 325 } document.body.addEventListener('ToutSDKLoad', function(evt) { //wait for SDK to load TOUT.model.setMixinSettings('TagAlong', { //change width of tagalong unit before player is created popoutWidth: tagalongWidth }) }) }(); Suggested for you lazyLoadingModule("zerg-template", "zerg-target", "zerg",500, undefined, undefined, undefined, "53319", undefined , undefined ); Comments (function() { var SB = window.Sacbee.v1; SB.load('UI.Commenting', function() { SB.UI.Commenting({ 'parent': '#comments' }).render(); }); })(); Videos More Videos Video Link copy Embed Code copy Facebook Twitter Email Exploring who we are in the age of Trump Inertia DeWitt's exploration of American identity is a featured art piece in Beacon: Sacramento's "America Week" downtown. if ( typeof allowAds === 'undefined' ) { var allowAds = true; } wpsRequire([ 'video' ], function ( video ) { return video.play([{"id":"159112159","asset_type":"videoIngest","url":"http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/california-forum/article159112159.html","duration":"0:31","image":"//www.sacbee.com/entertainment/arts-culture/83foqo-Vicente/alternates/LANDSCAPE_768/Vicente","title":"Exploring who we are in the age of Trump","description":"Exploring who we are in the age of Trump 0:31","displayDescription":"Inertia DeWitt's exploration of American identity is a featured art piece in Beacon: Sacramento's \"America Week\" downtown.","videographer":"","credit":"Tre Borden /Co.","published":1498854619,"sources":[{"file":"//dr6lcqo3bxtwa.cloudfront.net/binary/2017/6/30/20/1437582013143-p5k4ma/Vicente_Almanza___American_Wonder_DeWitt_2-1498854618171.mp4"},{"file":"//dr6lcqo3bxtwa.cloudfront.net/binary/2017/6/30/20/1437580321678-6bjrso/Vicente_Almanza___American_Wonder_DeWitt_2-1498854618624.mp4"},{"file":"//dr6lcqo3bxtwa.cloudfront.net/binary/2017/6/30/20/art_159112159/Vicente_Almanza___American_Wonder_DeWitt_2.m3u8"}],"mediaid":"SYDVFWlW","ads":[{"publication":"sacbee","tag":"//pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/ads?ciu_szs=300x250&correlator=%5Btimestamp%5D&cust_params=sect%3Dcalifornia_forum%26id%3D159112159%26eid%3D189606534%26vidlength%3Dshort%26pl%3D&env=vp&gdfp_req=1&hl=en&impl=s&iu=%2F7675%2FSAC.site_sacbee%2FNews%2FOpinion&output=vast&sz=400x300&unviewed_position_start=1&url=%5Breferrer_url%5D&vidlength=short&vpos=preroll","lang":"en","sz":"400x300","vpos":"preroll","cust_params":"sect=california_forum&id=159112159&eid=189606534&vidlength=short&pl="}]},{"id":"145907194","asset_type":"videoIngest","url":"http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article145907194.html","duration":"1:42","image":"//www.sacbee.com/opinion/california-forum/c0ggno-Lobbyist/alternates/LANDSCAPE_768/Lobbyist","title":"Lobbyist Amy Jenkins represents cannabis clients","description":"Lobbyist Amy Jenkins represents cannabis clients 1:42","displayDescription":"\"No regrets,\" she tells naysayers who tried to steer her away from this particular career path.","videographer":"Dan Morain","credit":"The Sacramento Bee","published":1492750439,"sources":[{"file":"//dr6lcqo3bxtwa.cloudfront.net/binary/2017/4/21/3/1437582013143-p5k4ma/05f37360-a90f-4006-9070-adbb0b06bdf9-1492751498309.mp4"},{"file":"//dr6lcqo3bxtwa.cloudfront.net/binary/2017/4/21/3/1437580321678-6bjrso/05f37360-a90f-4006-9070-adbb0b06bdf9-1492751498891.mp4"},{"file":"//dr6lcqo3bxtwa.cloudfront.net/binary/2017/4/21/3/art_145907194/05f37360_a90f_4006_9070_adbb0b06bdf9.m3u8"}],"mediaid":"b5HFNk9a","ads":[{"publication":"sacbee","tag":"//pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/ads?ciu_szs=300x250&correlator=%5Btimestamp%5D&cust_params=sect%3Dcapitol_alert%26id%3D145907194%26eid%3D189606534%26vidlength%3Dlong%26pl%3D&env=vp&gdfp_req=1&hl=en&impl=s&iu=%2F7675%2FSAC.site_sacbee%2FNews%2FState&output=vast&sz=400x300&unviewed_position_start=1&url=%5Breferrer_url%5D&vidlength=long&vpos=preroll","lang":"en","sz":"400x300","vpos":"preroll","cust_params":"sect=capitol_alert&id=145907194&eid=189606534&vidlength=long&pl="}]},{"id":"129843099","asset_type":"videoIngest","url":"http://www.sacbee.com/entertainment/living/health-fitness/article129843099.html","duration":"1:59","image":"//www.sacbee.com/latest-news/jxajif-Oldest-pro-bodybuilder/alternates/LANDSCAPE_768/Oldest%20pro%20bodybuilder","title":"Watch world's oldest pro bodybuilder","description":"Watch world's oldest pro bodybuilder 1:59","displayDescription":"Jim Arrington, who turned 84 the next day, wons the 2016 IFBB Pro Masters, age 70 and up, in Pittsburgh, PennHe is recognized as the world's oldest pro bodybuilder.","videographer":"Debbie Arrington","credit":"The Sacramento Bee","published":1485975825,"sources":[{"file":"//dr6lcqo3bxtwa.cloudfront.net/binary/2017/1/31/20/1437582013143-p5k4ma/3e34731f-7f37-46fc-959a-5bc5198c40e1-1485975804788.mp4"},{"file":"//dr6lcqo3bxtwa.cloudfront.net/binary/2017/1/31/20/1437580321678-6bjrso/3e34731f-7f37-46fc-959a-5bc5198c40e1-1485

Trending California News:


  • Geothermal helping deliver clean energy future for California
  • Investors cash-in on land deals as U.S. housing picks up
  • Coronado, CA Real Estate: Newly Listed Homes for Sale
  • Billionaire Bren Is Secret Owner of NYC's MetLife Tower
  • Boston Properties expanding California footprint with $511M investment
  • Green Day's Mike Dirnt is ready to part with two coastal California homes
  • San Diego Real Estate Looks Like a Seller's Market
  • Real Estate puts some bite in its dreamy jangle-pop
  • Meet the California Homes Professional: Joseph Trujillo
  • 2017 USC Casden Real Estate Economics Forecast: Triple-digit Rent Increases Projected For Much Of ?Southern California Over The Next Two Years
  • West Covina, CA Homes For Sale & Real Estate
  • Eleven Pacific Union Real Estate Professionals Named to REAL Trends Top 250 in the US for 2015 Sales Achievements
  • $0.24 EPS Expected for Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation (ACRE) This Quarter
  • New Orleans judge declares Robert Durst major flight risk, denies bail
  • Alec Bruice: California Supreme Court Hears Dual Agency in Real Estate Transactions Case
  • Calpers Is Selling One-Fifth of Land Portfolio to U.S., Japanese Builders
  • California Dreaming: David Crantz Launches Social Media Sites for Cantor Funding, Inc.
  • How one real estate agent revolutionized marketing
  • Meet The Members Of Forbes Real Estate Council
  • Analyst: Fed's help for housing has risks