"Familiarity breeds contempt" is an old saying freighted in truth. How one feels about home is a complicated thing, I suppose. I've lived here in the Valley for most of my life and quite often the Valley doesn't get respect from the people who live here; or the people who don't ever want to live here.
If you want to grow government these days, it seems the fashionable thing to do is invent new taxes. Two years ago, legislators conjured up an illegal fire "fee." Last year, they invented a confusing new lumber tax. Two voter-approved multi-billion dollar tax hikes later, and the politicians still want more of your money. This time they want to tax your ammunition.
The re-election of Barack Obama illustrated that a majority of Americans have bought into the notion that government should overspend if (and only if) government takes care of them. In the real corporate world, any CEO with Obama's dismal record wouldn't have lasted four years but would have been turned out on his ear.