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'70s Flashback: Democrats Tried Same Scare Tactics on Prop. 13 in California

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RUSH: Here is Lou in Verdi, Nevada.  Great to have you, as you're up first today.  Hello.

CALLER:  Good morning, Rush, and thank you very much.  I think that anyone who lived in California in 1978 can put the sequester in perspective.  That's the year that Proposition 13 was on the ballot to freeze property taxes.

RUSH:  That's right.

CALLER:  At the time I was in law enforcement in LA County, and we were bombarded with tales of massive layoffs, substation closures and the end of life as we know it.  In briefings we were told to tell everyone we knew or had contact with that Proposition 13 passing would put everyone's safety at risk.

RUSH:  Yeah, I remember.

CALLER:  It was the same for the fire department.  We were actually told that the county had leased land in the desert to store fire equipment that would be removed from service with fire station closures.

RUSH:  Stop and think of that. 

CALLER:  It was the end of the world.

RUSH:  Wait a minute now.  Just think of it, 'cause he's right, Prop 13, property tax freeze, California, 1978. The same threats, and the fire department had to move the equipment to the desert.  It was absurd then, and it's absurd now.

CALLER:  Yes, sir, it certainly is.  You know something?  It passed, life got better, and it was not the end of the world.  It was a much better world.

RUSH:  Well, there's no question.  But, you know, that prop tax, Prop 13, still to this day agitates the left.  They've repealed some of it, but, for the longest time, they were blaming everything that was going wrong in California on Prop 13.  But he's right.  The same stuff was predicted in California.  That state was gonna basically have to shut down.  It actually improved a whole lot of economic circumstances, freezing property taxes.  It improved the quality of life in California for millions of people for quite a while.  So Lou, I appreciate the call.  I'm glad for that reminder.

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