There really is some coming out of the election last Tuesday.
Reelecting President Obama notwithstanding, voters validated central conservative tenets:
- Exit polls demonstrate that by a 51%-43% margin, Americans believe that today’s government already does too much that more properly belongs to the private sector.
- By a 63%-33% spread, Americans said not to raise taxes as a means of cutting the Federal budget deficit.
- Concerning the economy, the national debt, and the budget deficit generally, the voters preferred the Republican over the Democrat.
- Voters also reelected an overwhelmingly conservative and Republican House, thereby explicitly and materially validating the House’s expression of those conservative tenets over the last two years.
In California, Democrats won voter approval to raise the top income tax rate to 13.3%. More importantly, they also won a legislative supermajority. California has in its state constitution an amendment requiring a two-thirds majority of both houses of the state’s government in order to raise taxes. The Democrats have won that two-thirds majority in both houses.
Now we’ll have an object lesson, fresh in our minds at the time of the 2016 elections, about the outcome of Progressive policies implemented wholesale. California will be that demonstration. Watch carefully.