Jerry Brown: California taxpayers are ‘freeloaders’ for objecting to big gas tax hike

Jerry Brown: California taxpayers are ‘freeloaders’ for objecting to big gas tax hike
Brown poses with the flag of his favorite geological survey service. (Image: The Signal, Will Davison via Culture Magazine)

[Ed. – Now, granted, Brown is an equal opportunity jackass.  He never calls welfare recipients freeloaders, but he does threaten to cut their benefits whenever it looks like they might be resisting his agenda in some way.]

California Governor Jerry Brown referred to taxpayers as “freeloaders” last week for objecting to his new gas tax and car fee hikes.

“The freeloaders — I’ve had enough of them … They have a president that doesn’t tell the truth and they’re following suit,” he said. Brown was speaking in Orange County, defending State Assembly newcomer Josh Newman (D-Fullerton), who is facing a recall effort after voting for Brown’s new transportation taxes in April.

The new tax raises existing gas taxes — already among the highest in the nation — by 12 cents per gallon, with higher taxes on diesel, and slaps car owners with higher annual registration fees. Critics have pointed out that the burden of the tax falls most heavily on middle-class Californians.

The Orange County Register, which covered Brown’s remarks, adds that Brown is sparing no effort to keep Newman in office. “He’ll have whatever he needs,” the Register quotes the governor as saying.

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