OC's Happiest Pro-Tax Increase Cheerleaders Are Democrats, Right?

Those of you who don't believe that Orange County is loaded with ironies aren't paying attention.

We've got vociferously anti-gay public figures who are secretly gay or bisexual. We've got Democrats who are more Republican than, well, Republicans. And, perhaps most amazingly, we've got self-described conservative Republicans who are–drum roll–enthusiastically supportive of huge tax increases.

Yesterday, California Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown released his budget plan that includes a  whopping $6.9 billion in new taxes through a November ballot initiative.

surprisingly, liberals are screaming that the budget needs much larger
tax increases to prevent Brown's threatened cuts to school, police and
welfare programs.

But in Orange County, once proudly hailed as “Reagan Country,” it took a few hours for one group to “applaud” Brown's plan: the Orange County Business Council (OCBC), a corporate lobbying organization that is dominated by wealthy Republican business executives.

In a press statement, OCBC CEO Lucy Dunn hailed Brown's plan “a solid strategy” and “a strong start” that will “restore California's economic health.”

You can stop laughing now.

The OCBC has a history of advocating for tax increases.

–R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly

R. Scott Moxley’s award-winning investigative journalism has touched nerves for two decades. An angry congressman threatened to break Moxley’s knee caps. A dirty sheriff promised his critical reporting was irrelevant and then landed in prison. The U.S. House of Representatives debated his work. Federal prosecutors credited his stories for the arrest of a doctor who sold fake medicine to dying patients. Moxley has won Journalist of the Year honors at the Los Angeles Press Club; been named Distinguished Journalist of the Year by the LA Society of Professional Journalists; and hailed by two New York Times Magazine writers for his “herculean job” exposing Southern California law enforcement corruption.

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