The California Republican Party has shit-canned Assemblyman Brian Nestande as their caucus chair due to an embarrassing lapse in judgment. Nestande didn’t get whacked out on scotch and Ambien and beat his wife in a casino parking garage and he didn’t get caught sucking off a teen boy in a Jamba Juice restroom – those are the kinds of scandals you could ride out. No, Nestande did something far, far more unforgivable. He voted with Democrats on a bill.
AB 1500 closes a loophole that allows out-of-state businesses, unlike in-state California businesses, to pay taxes on their property or their sales rather than on their income. If adopted, it will level the playing field and raise over $1 billion for a state currently strapped with a $16 billion deficit. And all of that $1 billion would go towards college scholarships, a real investment in California’s future.
But in Republican World, asking for a revenue increase of any kind for any reason is “raising taxes” and they have a strict, black-and-white policy of “No taxes, no matter what, ever, for anything, or you’re in big, big trouble, buster.” So, for breaking the Republican commandment of “Thou shalt never agree with a Democrat, nor ever raise a tax, nor ever get anything done,” Brian Nestande is out and shouldn’t hold his breath waiting for an invite to Grover Norquist’s Labor Day picnic.
Here’s Nestande’s parting statement: “Today I am stepping down as Republican Caucus Chair. I cast a vote yesterday as the only Republican to level the playing field for California businesses, so we have the same corporate tax policy as Texas, Wisconsin, South Carolina, Mississippi, Michigan, Indiana, Utah, and 10 other states. I specifically named those states because they have Republican Governors that are considered leaders in our party today… I put forward my vote in good faith that, in its final form, this bill will be part of a comprehensive regulatory reform package to put Californians back to work. With my vote yesterday I decided to take the side of my constituents and California businesses.”
Putting the people before your party? What a dangerous, disloyal scumbag. Doesn’t he know that the idea of shrinking government and taking an intransigent stand is much, much more important than his “constituents” or fairness or fiscal pragmatism or solving problems? I’ve gotta ask, has the Republican Party bastardized government beyond repair?