Sunday’s Orange County Register’s editorial pages are a riot to read sometimes. Between a laughable Will Swaim diatribe about Price Harry and Meghan Markle being the Duke and Duchess of “Woke” by comparing the couple to his English grandfather and diatribes against HR 1 that makes it easier for people to vote and a Dr. Seuss “cancel culture” column, it’s tough for anyone from the Center-Left to the Far-Left read.
And then there’s this piece by former Register opinion writer and former John Moorlach press secretary John Seiler that is totally worth your time — for comedic value alone. The real nut of it, at the end, is that Moorlach’s loss to Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley cost Seiler his job (which presumably came with pension benefits and good health insurance).
But because Foley is now the second Democrat on the Board of Supervisors. there will be “bankruptcies galore.” Republicans still hold a 3-2 majority, but it will be Foley’s fault for getting support from the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs. The Orange County Employees Association. The Orange County Attorneys Association. The State Building and Construction Trades Council of California who smeared a good Christian man in Mr. Moorlach (who isn’t pilloried for being a Christian so much as for not following the teachings of Jesus in his policy positions).
Seiler writes: “Their money for sleaze campaigns comes from union dues. Which are paid by taxpayers. Taxes are grabbed with a gun to your head. If you don’t pay, they seize your property and slam you in jail. The stolen money then is used against you by electing union stooges like Katrina Foley, who won on Tuesday. Who then vote to spike luxury pay, perks and pensions for the union shirkers. Then raise taxes.
It’s not democracy. It’s a joke. Yet the joke will be on the union members. Because the next recession is going to be huge. It will crater dozens of municipal and school district budgets across this spendthrift state. Tax increases only will drive more taxpayers to other states. Revenues will crash.”
Let’s review. Union dues are paid for by Union members who are also taxpayers. I, myself, pay no union dues. I’ll ask readers, what gun do “they” place at your head when they grab your taxes. If you rent, do “they” take your car? Your TV? Your laptop? Are our jails really overcrowded with people who were slammed in jail for non-payment of taxes? What’s the sentence? Can you refuse to have taxes withheld from your paycheck so they must be seized at the barrel of a gun? If taxes are stolen from you, should those not paying taxes be allowed to use roads, bridges, schools, police, fire, Medicare/Medicaid….the military? I’ll remind Mr. Seiler that, at his last job, his compensation was paid for by….taxpayers.
Ms. Foley is not a union stooge. And union workers, nationally, make up just under 11 percent of the workforce. And only 28 percent of registered voters in District 2 submitted a ballot. And Moorlach got almost 31.5 percent of the vote meaning 68.5 percent did not choose him. Elections do have consequences, but fortunately for Mr. Seiler’s former employer, taxpayer-funded pensions will make the former State Senator, Supervisor and Treasurer/Tax Collector comfortable for the rest of his life
As I prepare my own taxes this week, I’ll be mindful of the taxman at the door brandishing a weapon.