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.

Not surprisingly, liberals are screaming that the budget needs much larger tax increases to prevent Brown's threatened cuts to school, police and welfare programs.

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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

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