Sound and Fury over Taxes

Howard Jarvis and the voters send a message: "We're mad as hell!"

That sound roaring out of the West —what was it? A California earthquake? A Pacific tidal wave threatening to sweep across the country? Literally, it was neither; figuratively, it was both. That angry noise was the sound of a middle class tax revolt erupting, and its tremors are shaking public officials from Sacramento to Washington, D.C. Suddenly all kinds of candidates in election year 1978 are joining the chorus of seductive antitax sentiment, assailing high taxes, inflation and government spending.

The full significance of the revolt—and it is nothing less than that—was made plain by the magnitude of the...

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