the indirect taxation --
taxing industries that pass
the costs on to consumers --
is more palatable than
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg received the message, seen the light, and changed his sinful ways.
Now -- instead of taxing consumers directly -- California's Democrats plan to tax fuel producers who will, in turn, pass the increase on to consumers who will pay the tax via higher prices.
Steinberg says he is a quick learner.
Most leftists understand that high prices are often due to punitive taxes paid by manufacturers, suppliers, and retailers.
Steinberg appears to be a slow learner.
Gov. Jerry Brown, meanwhile, says he wants to invest the billions skimmed from consumers via high fuel prices for a high-speed rail system and government housing. In short, the Brown plan is a transfer of wealth through a government money-laundering scheme that seems palatable to taxpayers and consumers.
Meanwhile, leftists show little concern for minimum-wage earners -- such as those in the fast food industry -- who will pay at the pump for high speed transit and government housing.
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