Whenever I talk to my moderate friends--yes, I have moderate friends...well, they are more like moderate acquaintances...ok, I once rode in an elevator with Grant Woods. Either way, as I was saying. Whenever I talk to moderate Republicans who want to raise taxes, they always have two reasons. The first is that they think that certain services need additional revenue. The second reason they want to raise taxes goes something like this "At least the Left--led by the Arizona Republic, Morrison Institute, education establishment and the unions--will stop claiming that we are all knuckle dragging Neanderthals who refuse to fund vital services."
At that point in the conversation, I laugh so hard that coffee comes out of my nose.
If you think that the state needs additional revenue and you want to raise taxes, great. I disagree, but I respect your point. If you think that the left is going to actually acknowledge that you raised taxes, then you have a lot to learn about politics and the media.
Remember in 2000 when Republicans led by Jane Hull put Prop 301 on the ballot in order to raise sales taxes by half a billion dollars a year and pump the money into education? Me neither.
That's because that huge tax increase didn't cause the aforementioned left--led by the Arizona Republic, Morrison Institute, education establishment and unions--to miss a beat in their Republican knuckle dragger chant.
If you want further proof, check out this article that the Republic's Kathleen Ingley wrote last Sunday. She's discussing steps that have been taken to address the current budget crisis and includes this item:
A temporary 1-cent-per-dollar hike in the sales tax, which the Legislature took unconscionably long to put on the ballot, got overwhelming approval.
Then she moves on to this conclusion:
Voters didn't say they wanted the budget balanced solely through cuts. Yet that's the strategy in Gov. Jan Brewer's budget proposal...
Solely through cuts? What about that $1 Billion tax increase that Ingley mentioned two paragraphs back! That's classic.
The Left will tell you that we got into this fiscal mess because Symington cut taxes in the 1990s. They ignore the billions of additional taxes that Republicans raised in 2000. (And of course, they ignore 6 years of massive spending increases under Napolitano.)
But Ingley and her fellow travelers also ignore the $ 1 billion (annual) tax increase that Governor Brewer and the Republicans in the legislature passed less than a year ago.
So the next time I'm in an elevator with a moderate and he claims that we need to raise revenue to fund vital services I'll simply roll my eyes. But if he claims that the left will actually stop referring to Republicans as mouth breathers who have yet to evolve a thumb---I'll introduce him the Kathleen Ingley.