As a continuation of my previous story, Tax-Hating Republicans Meet Mother Nature on July 5th, I felt that since I reported the fires and the hatred of paying taxes, I shift the story to my State of California, where yes, people hate paying taxes but do and how after the long drawn-out heatwave in the Midwest and East, we too are facing this unbearable heat as well.
Weather for Pomona, CA. Courtesy of Google
It seems like the Midwest and back East, the heatwave has finally broken. Now it’s our turn in the West. So I looked online and the temperature in Pomona California will be between 97 to 104F. And to make matters worse:
But even with the worries of another possible firestorm, because California taxed itself, we managed to protect ourselves a lot better than Colorado. The tax included paying for: removing dead brush from 100 feet from our homes, fire-breaks, back fires and other preventative measures to reduce the disaster like Colorado.
There are currently two wildfires burning. One home and two out buildings were destroyed. The fire is 80% contained with 300 firefighters on the scene. No death. But the high taxes we paid, reduced the cost of asking for federal help. Granted, we pay more in federal taxes than most red states, we also know for a fact that the money we pay in taxes pays for first responders.
I was amazed how destructive the fires were in Colorado Springs for example, but hearing and reading about how the wealthy who voted to cut taxes, got what they reaped, I was not surprised. After our 2003 firestorm, even conservative San Diego County knew that tax breaks will not work. As a matter of fact, even with several trillion of gallons of Pacific Ocean water in front of their homes were there for the taking, the resources to use the water were not there.
So many of the homes in the hill were decimated. Including the home of former Congressperson Duncan Hunter. Hunter tried to blame former governor Gray Davis for the lack of supplies, but because San Diego refused to tax themselves like: Los Angeles County, the area in which Hunter lived was turned to ashes.
So now as we wait, when the temperature goes skywards, we hope there is no fire. but if there is, we feel prepared.