Never Ceasing to Amaze
This is not the first time we have heard Democrats float this idea, but it never ceases to amaze me that in the middle of a recession that has seen Democrats continue to put the financial hammer to middle and working class families, they want to tax us some more:
A Montgomery County delegate says that legislators should consider new taxes after revenue shortfalls forced Maryland to slash $736 million from its fiscal 2010 budget this summer.
“If our guiding principle is to protect those vulnerable among us, we need to look at revenue, because clearly our problem is a revenue problem,” said Del. Roger Manno, who added that the legislature should “as soon as possible, take another look at revenue as opposed to cuts.”
Yes, clearly what is called for right now when families are suffering is to make more families suffer, and to make families suffer more.
What is amazing about Del. Manno’s attitude is the fact that we need to tax more in order to protect the vulnerable. What that assumes is that anybody who makes even a reasonable middle class living should be forced to subsidize not just the needs of the poor, but also the needs of the special interest groups that bend over backwards to support Democrats during election season. If Manno was not so oblivious to the needs of his constituents, he would do something constructive in order to “protect those vulnerable among us” by sticking to basic good government principles. And a good start to enact those good government principles would be to fight for smaller taxes and to eliminate the very same wasteful government spending that Manno belives we need to raise taxes in order to afford.
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Yes, the likelihood of a tax increase during the 2010 General Assembly session is slim to none. But remember that the small minority of Democrats who are willing to admit that they want to raise taxes in the year before an eletion will become a thundering cacophony of tax-hiking Democrats come 2011.
We owe it to our neightbors to make sure that these slicksters don’t deceive the electorate into thinking they are against tax hikes, and the electorate needs to be reminded that the historic O’Malley tax hikes and O’Malley deficit will be child’s play compared to what will come in 2011 if Democrats are kept in control of our state through another election cycle.