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It's too bad that Mr. Goldberg's piece engages in so much hyperbole, because there are some genuine concerns raised that are worth exploring. The issue of property taxes as a solid means of generating public revenue, for instance, and whether or not it's wise to rely heavily on income taxes to pull California's education system out of the ditch. That's a conversation worth having. The blaming of Baby Boomers is a bit dodgy, though. In the late 70s, many homeowners found themselves paying property taxes way beyond what they could afford. It became a state crisis, with a lot of middle- and lower middle class families in danger of losing their homes. The situation got remedied by ballot initiative in a convoluted and somewhat hysterical fashion. And a little poison pill got slipped into the legislation that required a 2/3 majority in the state legislature to pass any budget. As our political culture got increasingly polarized, lawmakers spent decades in gridlock, wreaking havoc on the state budget and creating many of the horrible situations and choices that exist today. Policy and history tend to be complicated. It would have been nice if Mr. Goldberg wrote a less entertainingly emotional piece and something a bit more cogent and informed.
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