Marco Rubio clone is key to a California face-lift

Jerry Brown
California’s Democratic Governor Jerry Brown hasn’t had a lot to smile about lately

California needs both a face-lift and full-body makeover before she completely disintegrates, and it’s going to take a Marco Rubio clone to do it.

Dennis Miller recently compared the natural splendor of California’s mountains and beaches to a beautiful girl. He said it’s always been looked upon as the cute, young surfer-chick with sun-bleached hair, a glowing tan and a wide, beautiful “ready-for-anything” smile.

But politics, he noted, has aged her. Her hair has become brittle, and her skin has turned to leather from too much sun. Her once-lithe body has bloated, and the joy and hope in her perky countenance has been replaced by frown lines.

Maybe California’s problem isn’t as much the aging process as a case of Alzheimer’s disease — she keeps making the same mistake over and over again, thinking she can tax her way out of her financial woes. It never works.

California recently passed Proposition 30, which made the state’s sales tax the highest in the nation and raised the income rate on those making over $250,000 a year.

“California students and working families won a clear victory today as voters clearly demonstrated their willingness to invest in our public schools and colleges and also rejected a deceptive ballot measure aimed at silencing educators, other workers and their unions,” the California Teachers Association announced after the proposition’s passage.

The result, however, was not what California expected. Surprise, surprise.’s Chriss W. Street reported Saturday that instead of the anticipated boost to the state coffers, “revenue for the month of November 2012 fell $806.8 million, or 10.8%, below budget.”

Apparently, many of the “wealthy” saw the handwriting on the wall and voted with their feet. They’re now enjoying the benefits of living in states like Nevada or Arizona, which know how to live within a budget.

So what’s the answer to California’s quagmire? Enter U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.

Tapped to deliver this week’s Republican address on Saturday, Rubio’s message was that the key to increasing revenue is to broaden the tax base instead of hiking tax rates:

Americans are struggling to find or keep middle class jobs for two reasons, because our economy is not creating enough of these jobs and because too many of our people don’t have the education or skills required for the jobs that are being created. A limited government can and must help solve these challenges.

We must get the national debt under control. Tax increases will not solve our $16 trillion debt. Only economic growth and a reform of entitlement programs will help control the debt.

We must reform our complicated, uncertain, job-killing tax code, by getting rid of unjustified loopholes. But our goal should be to generate new revenue by creating new taxpayers, not new taxes.

California, take note. It’s time to discard your Democratic tak-hiking Gov. Jerry Brown in favor of a clear-thinking Rubio clone. But it has to be a clone. The original is ours, and we’re not giving him up.

Rubio delivers this week’s Republican address:


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