The phrase “feeding the alligators” is a metaphor about the dangers
of appeasement. One may be able to buy temporary peace by feeding a
threatening alligator, but the problem is that the alligator will,
sooner or later, get hungry again. And because it was previously
fed, it is now larger and more dangerous.
Regrettably, the California business community has often chosen to
feed the ever-growing alligator of government when it comes to
important political battles. Thirty-one years ago, California
business interests were united in their opposition to Proposition 13
due to fear that if homeowners received tax relief, the Legislature
would try to make up the difference by raising levies on them. For
short term protection for themselves, business was willing to feed
average taxpayers and homeowners to the alligator.