America has been polarized on immigration before, but never without a panic or economic crisis. Now debate is infected by hostility, anger and tribalism, much of it among the rich. The solution is to organize and elect candidates in November who will pass sane immigration policies.
California is the world’s fifth largest economy, with a $9 billion budget surplus. But social problems require the state to adjust its tax policy to improve the common good. Oil should be taxed, Prop. 13 should be updated to a split roll and single payer health care should be funded with a gross business revenue receipts tax.
President Donald Trump’s tax reform rewarded the well-off, but not in California, where high earners can no longer deduct all their SALT, or state and local income taxes. Liberals should forget expanding sales taxes to include services.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruling letting states require internet companies to collect sales taxes on transactions will make shopping more expensive, interstate commerce fairer, increase revenue to states and apply the Constitution to technology.