As much fun as it is to rant and rave until animal control is concerned about the froth on your mouth when the government raises taxes, consider for a moment the alternative in our current paradigm:
The California government — primarily because of a massive economic downturn — has slashed school spending to the point where our Golden State spends the least per pupil in the country. That means teachers are being laid off, sports and magnet programs that challenge children to excel are in danger of being shut down, and the overall quality of education is surely going to slip further.
The fact of the matter is that no one likes to pay taxes, but they have real-life benefits. A few short-term solution tax hikes now are the only thing between our state's schools and even more draconian budget cuts.