the high wall

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Finally, as a result of the 2012 elections, more than two-thirds of the members of each house of California’s state legislature will be Democrats. Thus, the high wall erected in 1978 by Proposition 13, which requires a supermajority to raise taxes, can now be breached without a single Republican vote.

(This comes from Against Swedenization by WILLIAM VOEGELI on January 10, 2013.)

I don't understand what "wall" refers to or means here.

Thanks in advance!
  • Barque

    It refers to a metaphorical barrier. As the rest of the sentence says, there was a decision or policy made (Proposition 13) that required a supermajority, as opposed to a simple majority, to raise taxes. That supermajority requirement was the "high wall".
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