The most recent election illustrates a greater shift to the left in California, Karlsson writes.
California, once the state of the anti-tax Proposition 13´in 1978 and both Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, has now become one of the most leftist states in America. This reflects mainly the large influx of immigrants from Latin America and Asia, who vote Democratic by over 70%, but to a lesser extent also the exodus of White conservatives to nearby states with lower taxes.
The latest election illustrated this shift even more than previous elections. Not only did Barack Obama in the Presidential election, and Diane Feinstein in the U.S. Senate election win landslide victories in California, but voters went for the liberal side in all three referendums, including the one approving a big increase in taxation on top earners. And as if that wasn't enough, Democrats now gained enough seats in both legislative chambers to get the two thirds majority to raise taxes. The check on taxation and government spending created by the two thirds requirement that was part of Proposition 13 has now been overcome by the Democratic tidal wave in California.
Meaning that taxes are likely to rise even beyond the increase approved in the aforementioned referendum.