LOS ANGELES TIMES: Asking Santa for politicians with guts

Gov. Brown and the Legislature should grow some spine to take on special interests and curb gifts

December 24, 2014

We can all dream, so here's my wish list for Christmas gifts.

If none show up under the tree, that's OK. I can wait. But I won't hold my breath.

I've wished for some of these presents previously but pretty much been blown off by Santa.

At the top of the list is a state Capitol with courage — the guts to confront head-on the state's most difficult and pressing problems. Examples:

• Our outdated tax system that badly needs restructuring for the 21st century. It leans too heavily on the roller-coaster incomes of the richest 1%, has too many property tax loopholes used by big corporations and doesn't apply the sales tax to services.

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