Thirty-two years ago, Time magazine wrote about the passage
of Proposition 13, "That angry noise was the sound of a middle-class
tax revolt erupting and its tremors are shaking public officials from
Sacramento to Washington D.C."
The power of Proposition 13 to shake up the political landscape and
topple politicians, who attempt to undermine it, remains undiminished.
Just Ask Steve Poizner who ran as a fiscal conservative in the
Republican primary for governor while carrying the baggage of having
spent $200,000 to pass an initiative that has made it easier to
increase property taxes for bonds that have cost taxpayers nearly $40
billion. While he pleaded that he regretted his prior actions,
taxpayers, especially homeowners, had a problem dismissing this, as
well as another Poizner backed effort to increase property taxes, from
their minds when they entered the voting booth.