On the next page today, you'll find compelling op-ed pieces by Assemblyman Jay Obernolte and Board of Equalization Vice Chair George Runner. Be sure to read them, as they'll provide numerous examples of how Democrats in Sacramento continue to fleece California taxpayers and unnecessarily burden working-class residents and commuters.

The ruling political party in California for years now, the Democrats have steadily increased their power to the point where they now have a super majority in the state Legislature. In effect, they have the votes to do whatever they want.

What they want, of course, as they have shown of late, is to raise taxes higher and higher and higher. It's as if they have insatiable appetites for your money, much of which they spread around to the labor unions that have funded their campaigns for years.

If you think Democrats will be content to stop at higher gas taxes and higher vehicle registration fees, you are sorely mistaken.

Their real goal is to destroy Proposition 13, which would allow them to hike property taxes and thereby siphon billions more from taxpayers up and down the Golden State.

The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association so far has done a good job of keeping the wolves at bay, but one of these days the Dems are bound to get their way — unless California voters wake up and come to their senses.

The High Desert has done a good job of preventing the tax-and-spenders from gaining a foothold here. Our Congressional representative (Rep. Paul Cook), Assemblyman (Jay Obernolte) and state Senators (Scott Wilk and Jean Fuller) all are Republicans.

But Democrats have a hold on Congressional and state legislative seats in much of the rest of the state and all California residents have paid a steep price for that.

It's past time for California voters to wise up and shut down the Democratic money grab. But the only way to do that is to vote them out of office. It'll take a big effort, because these Democrats are well-funded thanks to their union buddies. But unless Californians take matters into their own hands in their polling booths, the damage will continue.

Now would be a great time for state GOP chief Jim Brulte and the Republican Party to start lining up strong candidates up and down the state for 2018. Of course it helps to have money to spend, but when the gas tax hikes take effect in November our guess is that many California voters will be receptive to a message of fiscal restraint and tax rollbacks.

On a sacred Sunday such as today, perhaps it is not too much to hope for the resurrection of the state's Republican Party. That may be the only hope for overtaxed Californians.