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    The Center for American Progress recently released report titled New Progressive America claiming “20 Years of Demographic, Geographic, and Attitudinal Change Across the Country Herald a New Progressive Majority.” When analyzing different states, CAP specifically left out California explaining:

    This paper confines the state discussion to states that have been recently contested between progressives and conservatives, leaving out states such as Illinois and California that have moved so heavily progressive since 1988 that were not seriously contested in recent elections.

    CAP’s report goes on to make the case that the New Progressive America is ready to pay higher taxes, especially for the environment and education:

    Here are some illustrative findings from a 2001 ETS survey: 89 percent of the public supported hiring more teachers to reduce class size; 89 percent supported raising teacher salaries to hire and retain good teachers; and 81 percent supported raising teacher pay for most teachers and doubling salaries for the top 20 percent of teachers, based on performance and qualifications. In a 2006 ETS survey, the idea to “dramatically increase teachers’ salaries to attract more well-qualified teachers” still received 73 percent support even when it was specified that this would entail “a significant increase in taxes.”

    But telling a pollster you support high taxes is one thing. Actually going into a ballot box and voting for them is another. Yesterday Californians had the opportunity to do just that. Five ballot propositions were on the ballot yesterday in California and two of them, props 1A and 1B, would have specifically raised taxes and then dedicated those funds to teacher’s salaries.

    Teachers unions and other big government allies outspent opponents of the propositions by 10 to 1. So how did real live voters actually vote? The tax hikes failed by a 2 to 1 margin. Why? Californians, who are so progressive that CAP didn’t even bother to analyze the state, do not support tax hikes.

    And reading today’s papers we see that the fledgling grassroots Tea Party movement was key to mobilizing the vote against big government:

    Orange County Register:

    About 100 protesters lined the four corners of Marguerite Parkway and La Paz Road this evening, expressing anger at measures before voters Tuesday and outrage at state spending.

    The planned protest is the second of its kind. On April 15, the Republican group organized a Tea Party – “Taxed Enough Already” – to protest increased federal spending. It was one of hundreds of such protest rallies around the country, including several in Orange County.

    “We oppose spending more on taxes,” said Michael Ferrall, president of the assembly. “We’re also concerned and opposed to the ever-growing size and scope of government. It’s an ongoing battle between the taxpayers and the tax users.”

    Redlands Daily Facts:

    On the eve of the state’s special election, citizens with the nonpartisan group Tea Party IE protested Proposition 1A in Ontario on Monday in an eleventh hour reminder to commuters.

    Waving flags and signs that read “Give me Liberty, not debt,” and “Don’t tread on me,” more than 60 people surrounded the intersection of Fourth Street and Milliken Avenue on Monday evening in a show of opposition to to the propositions.

    “It is time for local, state and federal governments to tighten their belts instead of asking the citizens to make sacrifices for politicians’ irresponsible behavior,” said Laura Boatright, organizer of the protest.
    For Upland’s Ernest Arroyo at the Ontario event, it’s time the government evaluates its own spending before it comes to the taxpayers for more money.

    San Diego Union Tribune:

    The crowd of about 200 gathered at a so-called “tea party” at Spanish Landing Park on Harbor Drive to protest the measure, which proposes a two-year extension of temporary increases in sales taxes, car registrations and income tax.

    Thousands of people in San Diego County have participated in similar protests against taxes and government spending policies as part of “tea parties” around the nation.

    “We are tired of politicians raising taxes every time they get into financial trouble,” said Leslie Eastman, an event organizer and co-founder of the Southern California Tax Revolt Coalition.

    “I’m fed up with all of these tax hikes,” said Rich Green, who works for an information-technology company and who signed one of the petitions. … They should be focusing on cutting spending and not raising taxes in the middle of a financial crisis.”

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    26 Responses to New Progressive America or Tea Party Nation?

    1. Joe, Philadelphia says:

      So, it's finally official that liberals have re-branded themselves as "progressives". Sort of ironic in that they were originally "progressives" but ruined that name last century and rebranded themselves as "liberals" and after a bit ruined that name, and are now "progressives" again. They'll be "liberals" again by 2035. They are what they are …

    2. Metalchemist says:

      Progressive. Just another way of saying Socialism.

    3. Spiritof76, New Hamp says:

      California will be bailed out the federal government. We will all be forced to pay their reckless spending.

      It will not stop until all the bums in Congress and State Houses are thrown out, never to be elected again.

      In California, a judge threw out a ballot initiative that passed prohibiting spending money on illegal aliens as unconstitutional. That judge is till on the bench. How could it be an unconstitutional vote? The judge should be exiled to Venezuela.

    4. NH says:

      If the USA is now 'progressive' that means the Marxist educational system has done its job. And you know what? I blame Republicans for ignoring this issue., afraid they will be called anti-education.. Nothing could be further from the truth. We want real skills taught and NO POLITICAL INFLUENCES. As taxpayers we have the right.

      I would like also to note that all the states who are failing are progressive, and overtaxed already and this proves they still do not have enough!

      At least NH used to be solvent until the 'progressive' radical wing of the DPNH took over and they have caused havoc ever since.

      In any case, the Educational Agenda has been there for years, and we are now paying the price.

      "In the struggle to establish an adequate world government, the teacher has many parts to play… He can do much to prepare the hearts and minds of children for global understanding and cooperation… At the very top of all the agencies which will assure the coming of world government must stand the school, the teacher, and the organized profession."

      – National Education Association Journal, 1946

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    6. Steve, Michigan says:

      Definition of "Progressive"; Liberals progressively taking your money in the form of taxes; the active rational for the gradual eroding away of your rights & freedoms;

    7. Grace, Florida says:

      People are getting fed up. I for one do not want to bail out another State b/c of reckless spending. Let the movie stars bale out California. I hope the folks in CA continue to stand up for Freedom. I admire them for what they did on Tuesday. Yes, I think the gov. will bale out irresponsible states – too bad – it shouldn't be this way. Revolution on the way! Tea Parties scheduled for July 4 will be bigger and better than April 15. Get involved – let's be heard and stand together for smaller government.

    8. Debra, Texas says:

      Okay then maybe people on the coast don't fry their brains and stop thinking after all.

      I think for the first time ever, I am proud of the people who live in California. Maybe there's hope for those who live in Florida? Perhaps the politicians can only abuse productive citizens for so long and then the liberals finally wake up and realize that they may be the ones that the administration is calling rich. I can see them now…wait….you mean MY taxes are going up too?

      It is true that the problem is not solved by any means and our federal taxes will be raised but we knew that. We knew that the "cutting taxes" scheme was a complete lie and anyone who pays taxes will get ripped off by this irresponsible administration – However, if there's hope for people in California, there's definitely hope for the nation.

      The sleeping frogs just might wake up and do something before they are slowly boiled to death by the blood suckers in Washington.

    9. Fred,Michigan says:

      About time people realize that the best way to be more solvent is to spend less. People are losing their jobs and getting pay cuts all over the country. Borrowing future money to raise teacher's pay today is insane, congrats to California!

    10. Dale, Cincinnati says:

      I love the polls. Class size has been shrinking and teacher salaries have been increasing over the past 20 years. What has this done for quality of education. Nothing. Nada.

    11. Shane York, PA says:

      "A rose by any other name, smells just as sweet.." The same goes for cow patties.

      No matter what you call yourself (Progressive, Liberal, Socialist)it all comes out in the end. I'm glad to see there are still sound-minded people in California who want to stand up for lower taxes. Congratulations, your on the same watch list as I am.

    12. Ron Thompson says:

      If you will notice, the Govenor did the typical Democrat scare tactic. By saying he going to cut law enforcement, fire protection, some social services and anything other that the items needing to be cut. This is all aimed at telling the voters you are stupid and have brought this on yourself. When is there going to be a recall on the Govenor and legislative people? Don't stop at the vote, continue the action to get the state back on it's feet.

    13. Lloyd Scallan - New says:

      Teachers raises! Who's going to judge the "performaance and qualification", the

      teachers union? Sure, that's a real good idea!

    14. Paul,Bigfork, Mt says:

      Well I'm glad to see that some people in CA have finally "gotten a brain". What did they think was going to happen!!! Just like over-using your credit card – you're gonna get the bill in the mail one day stupid!!! Many good folks in the private sector have already lost their jobs!! Why is it that the public sector is supposed to be the sacred cow?? Have you ever watched public employees(some not all)and noticed how fast they worked???? Their ranks could probably use some cuts!!!!

    15. Howard Rampy says:

      Let's take back our America from the Idiots that are more interested in padding the Socialistic pocketbooks of those in power and those who pull their strings…..

      Let's throw out the whole mess and take America Back in 2010. It is ours, not theirs…

    16. KB FL says:

      Get ACTIVE!

      Get Active!

      http://accdf.com

      Active, The American Constitution and Capitalism Defense Front, is a permanent and enduring organization of American citizens dedicated to maintaining the foundational principles of the United States of America, as initiated by its Declaration of Independence and realized by its Constitution and economic system of free-market capitalism.

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    18. Deb Thornton, New Ha says:

      What happened to government for the people by the people? How can these bailouts continue without eventual economic collapse? What are the liberal/progressives thinking? It's taxation without representation as far as I'm concerned. We must rise to the cause and take America back! The Revolution has only just begun… Support a local Tea Party near you on July 4th! Live free or die!

    19. Shelley DeJonge--Vis says:

      The rumblings of the Right does my spirit good. We must all ban together into one group. Be proud to be called a conservative. Let people make fun of you, but I am proud of what I am, because my parent's conservatives beliefs were proven correct, and we must proclaim and educate others of these truths. I'm a 58 year old grandmother, and I find it interesting that I am called a whiney, weasel terrorist. It just energizes me to keep pushing forward. Californian voters should be proud. This is only the beginning.

    20. Al, The Villages, Fl says:

      I naively thought that progressive was just another name for liberal because they were getting gunshy at being called liberal. Little did I know that "progressive" meant a lot more than that and it's not good news for America. When I lived in San Diego (great place to live, at least 20 years ago) it was very conservative – the thought of denying Balboa Park to the Boy Scouts would never have come up. Of course northern CA was a different story. Even in CA, where the democrat legislature has, over the years, ruined this beautiful state, the voters are getting restless and will not continue to put up with their irresponsible ways – I would think. But CA is a good example of where President Obama is trying to take this nation. Don't have a lot of faith in polls but I would never have thought that this nation would elect someone so lacking in experience and proven leadership as President Obama (and with the Ayers, Alinsky/ACORN, RevWright connections) but they did. We will see in 2010 if the people have awakened.

    21. Norm says:

      As a former Californian, I stand in praise for their votes Tuesday. Now I hope the other states will have the same opportunity in the near future to follow CA's lead. Living in Tennessee isn't much different, only on a smaller scale, but we're being bled at every level, state, county, city and school district.

    22. HOUSTON says:

      BIG GOVERNMENT.WHEN IS GOVERNMENT AXXED? NEVER. JUST KEEP RAISING TAXES TO PAY FOR NATIONAL TEACHERS UNIONS, ANY AND ALL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE'S STILL HAVE A JOB, WITH GREAT RETIREMENT. GOVERNMENT WORKERS WORK FAR LESS THAN THE REST OF SOCIETY. THE REST OF SOCIETY WORKS TWO, SOMETIMES THREE JOBS TO KEEP EVEN (BARELY). ALL POLITICAN'S RUNNING FOR OFFICE WILL USE THE TERM MORE MONEY FOR EDUCATION, MORE MONEY FOR EDUCATION. WHAT IT REALLY MEANS IS TO GET ELECTED TO OFFICE, AND HELP THE UNIONS.

      UNTIL GOVERNMENT TIGHTENS THEIR BELTS AND GET RID OF WASTE. THAT DOES NOT MEAN MOVE THE PEOPLE TO ANOTHER AREA. WHICH THEY USUALLY DO. THAT MAKES US DUMB A… THINK THEY HAVE CUT EMPLOYEES. NOT SO! WE WANT TO SEE RESULTS FROM GOVERNMENT. FORGET ABOUT EDUCATION. WE WERE ALWAYS TOLD, TO GIVE MORE RAISES DID NOT SUPPORT BETTER EMPLOYEES. OTHERWISE, MONEY WAS NOT A MOTIVATION FACTOR. WE MUST TELL THAT TO WASHINGTON AND WALL STREET BANKERS.

    23. Tom McKinney says:

      A "Tea Party" is scheduled for Monday in Panama City, FL, at the GCCC jet, to determine who is going to pay for the interest on the $11.3 Trillion U.S. national debt. In 2009, the interest alone comes to $440 Billion! (This is a real question and taxpayers need the answer).

      Tom McKinney

      Dunwoody, Georgia

    24. David E Aldridge, Da says:

      I guess ACORN didn't get enough voters registered in CA. Or, maybe was that illegals registered. Oh well, what's the difference?

    25. Marshall Hill MI. says:

      As they say at the VA,pretty seldom that they Fire

      anyone!

    26. Guy, Flintstone, GA says:

      Teachers need a pay raise, most teachers I know usually work two jobs to get by. I have s solution, lets use a flat tax system and get rid of the IRS, and use that money to help pay the teachers.

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