If this is now a commentary on California state politics and people’s opinions of said topic, let’s petition to have the thunderdome unlocked and move it into there or somewhere else appropriate.So you disagreed with my spelling. To your point, words do matter. They can both reinforce support or undermine support for any point being made. You and HAL both made good points, but using words words like Commiefornia or language such as "blood sucking leech scumbags" doesn't lend any additional merit to the point itself. And unfair comments such as, "After all, the illegals need their California tax payer supplied social welfare and unemployment benefits." can lend the messenger to be dismissed out hand, which wouldn't be fair to HAL. I say HAL's statement is unfair because there are also legal citizens of CA that need those benefits too. But I agree with HAL that the Franchise Tax Board is far too aggressive in their collection of said monies and their tactics are wrong.
And as long as we're on the topic of taxes, welfare, and airline pilots...we should mention, purely out of fairness, the $50 billion the airline industry received from our proverbial "Rich Uncle". $25 billion was in loans and $25 billion was payroll support. Also, to be fair, 70% of that $50 billion won't have to be repaid (according to Bloomberg).
Now, my point is NOT that the airlines shouldn't have received any aid. In fact, I feel the exact opposite. The airline industry has had some very volatile times the last 20 years. I'm glad that pay roll support could be channeled to those companies to help good folks like you and HAL. As such, all of us might benefit in exercising a little tact and be more objective with our language. Especially if we happen to be living in a glass house.
Of course legal citizens of California deserve the intrinsic benefits of state income taxes. But why should they also pay for people living there in violation of federal law?