Weird news of the day: Top Ga. Republicans back major tax hike

Gov. Nathan Deal, a Republican, is campaigning around the state for passage of the regional transportation tax. He is also helping to raise private contributions to fund voter outreach in support of the plan.

And he’s not alone.

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, also a Republican, has hit the speaking circuit as well, warning that the state cannot simply cut its way to prosperity but instead must be willing to invest in itself in order to grow. Passage of the TSPLOST, he says, is critical to that growth.

U.S. Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, also Republicans, have also expressed public support for passage of the TSPLOST, which if approved by voters in July will impose a one-penny sales tax for 10 years to build transportation infrastructure.

Think about that: The four most high-profile Republican officeholders in Georgia — all four of whom have signed the infamous pledge to oppose “any and all efforts to increase taxes” — have expressed public support for a tax hike. In the case of Deal and Cagle, they are out there actively campaigning on its behalf.

And of course, it’s not just any tax hike. If approved by voters in the 10-county metro Atlanta region and by voters in the other 11 regions across the state, it would become the largest single tax hike ever enacted in Georgia. Yet GOP leaders are still supporting it.

That level of support is pretty amazing, given that the current Republican Party is not exactly forgiving to those it considers heretics on tax issues. To the degree it suggests a unified position among Georgia Republicans, it’s also misleading. A good number of lower-profile Republicans oppose passage of the regional TSPLOSTS, including some — such as Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers — who initially voted in favor of putting the question to voters.

So why are top Republicans endorsing the proposal despite the risk it might pose to their political futures?

In part, it’s because opposing passage of the TSPLOST brings risks of its own. While Tea Party Republicans oppose the measure, the state’s business community is strongly supportive, and they’re the folks who help finance statewide political campaigns.

The cynics among us would point out that the business community supports the TSPLOST because they stand to make money off it, and those cynics have a very good point. For example, approval of the tax would create a decade-long stream of work for the construction and asphalt-pouring industries, which are naturally contributing to campaigns to pass the measure.

However, business support for the measure is much deeper and broader than that, and for good reason. Every business in the state relies on transportation infrastructure to facilitate the movement of its workforce and customers and in many cases its raw material and finished product. They know that public investments by previous generations have created the infrastructure that they rely upon on a daily basis, and they also realize that in recent years that infrastructure has been badly underfunded.

Without a fresh infusion of capital, Georgia’s transportation infrastructure will no longer be competitive in a global economy. This week, with the opening of a new international terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the region got another reminder of the importance of such links, and of the leadership required to create them.

– Jay Bookman

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Normal Free...Pro Human Rights Thug...And liking it!

May 18th, 2012
8:05 am

If it passes I hafta pay one cent more on stuff? Damn, there goes my saving plan…

Normal Free...Pro Human Rights Thug...And liking it!

May 18th, 2012
8:07 am

I wonder what the Tea drinkin’ hoot-en-nanny’s will say about this…

USinUK - pro-gay-marriage thug and former Girl Scout

May 18th, 2012
8:08 am

well, that’s a turn-out for the books … they actually want to PAY for their spending …

whoda thunk …

stands for decibels

May 18th, 2012
8:10 am

create a decade-long stream of work for the construction and asphalt-pouring industries

Sufficient to frame a message that will assuage the Gooper voter fears of Knee Grows ridin’ the rails to steal their TVs as a result of them mass transit TSPLOST bux? Stay tuned, sports fans!

Bud Wiser

May 18th, 2012
8:10 am

Not to worry.

Voters are sick of “tax hikes”, proposed tax hikes, tax the rich, tax everyone else, tax the dead, and the fools that support them.

They, however, will not forget those in office that propose and/or support them.

Just watch how the messiah gets crucified this November.

President Romney, coming soon to a voting booth near you.

Only one vote per living eligible voter please.

stands for decibels

May 18th, 2012
8:11 am

ooh, ooh, you played the race card, I’m telling Teacher!

/some winger in the next ten minutes

Jm

May 18th, 2012
8:11 am

There are good and bad things the government can be involved in

Infrastructure investment at the state level is a really good one

And there are good and bad taxes

A consumption tax is one of the best (though a gas tax would’ve been better)

USinUK - pro-gay-marriage thug and former Girl Scout

May 18th, 2012
8:12 am

dB – 8:10 – haven’t you heard???

it’s about FREEDOM, man!! they don’t want The Man telling them anything about timetables, man!! they want to feel the WIND in their HAIR as they’re going 5 miles an hour down 75!!!

Brosephus™

May 18th, 2012
8:13 am

If they wanted the infrastructure improvements, they should have made the Georgia Assembly do their damned job and put forth a sound infrastructure plan. If they don’t want to do their jobs, then they should resign and let those who are willing to do the work take their place.

stands for decibels

May 18th, 2012
8:13 am

Romney, coming soon to a voting booth near you.

If he tries to set foot inside of mine, I’ll kick his whitebread ass.

Jm

May 18th, 2012
8:14 am

Sounds like republicans are the moderates and doing a good job running the state

There goes Jay’s anti republican arguments

TaxPayer

May 18th, 2012
8:15 am

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, also a Republican, has hit the speaking circuit as well, warning that the state cannot simply cut its way to prosperity

Oh no he dint! Tell me it not true. A so-called Republican promoting tax hikes after using tax cuts as the only true road to freedom. I didn’t realize the GOP owned the patent to the Etch-A-Sketch.

WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot52

May 18th, 2012
8:15 am

Perfectly put – and reveals the disconnect between the Tea Party mentality which is supposedly pro-business and free-markets, and the real business mentality which understands their dependence on (or at least interdependence with) commonly-owned resources.
Still having difficulty beleiving Deal, Cagle, Chambliss, and Isakson don’t have ulterior motives in backing it though. But that’s just the cynic in me.

Jm

May 18th, 2012
8:15 am

Bro 8:13

The republicans are permitting local control and decisions

That is the best form of government

The closer government is to the voters, the better job it does

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

May 18th, 2012
8:16 am

“watch how the messiah gets crucified”

and then gets resurected.

that’s how the story goes afterall.

Brosephus™

May 18th, 2012
8:17 am

jm

Bullsh*t!!! The Republicans are acting like p***ys and not doing the job they are supposed to do. Get rid of the state DOT if local control is the ultimate goal.

The closer government is to the voters, the better job it does

Not intended to be a factual statement….

Georgia on my mind

May 18th, 2012
8:19 am

How can they campaign for the TSPLOST when this state needs an “Ethics Committee” whereas the members are not appointed by the governor? Most people in this state do not trust Governor Deal’s decision making and will probably vote NO!

stands for decibels

May 18th, 2012
8:20 am

they should have made the Georgia Assembly do their damned job and put forth a sound infrastructure plan.

but Bros, they’d have to do that with income taxes, instead of regressive sales taxes.

We can only get significant sh-t done in GA if we’re sticking it to the least-well-off first, and making sure that best-well-off benefit the most from it.

If the skimmer class isn’t getting a stiffy, it ain’t getting done. Not in this state.

USinUK - pro-gay-marriage thug and former Girl Scout

May 18th, 2012
8:21 am

“voters are sick of “tax hikes”, proposed tax hikes, tax the rich, tax everyone else, tax the dead, and the fools that support them”

maybe so …

.. but they loooooooooooooove the services those tax hikes pay for

Adam

May 18th, 2012
8:22 am

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

NOT TAXESSSSSSSSS!!

kayaker 71

May 18th, 2012
8:23 am

Transportation woes for Georgia? Nah, can’t be. Why, we have to look forward to that train to no where, connecting the King Center to who knows where just to sell more tickets. And then there’s always Governor Moonbeam’s favorite project in a 16B dollar deficit state, building that 130 mile train which will take 3M/d, or a week or whatever to run. Lets just hope we don’t carried away by some “transportation” logo that we stick on a project that might be popular with the voters now but come back to haunt us in the future when it comes time to pay for it.

Tundra Dude

May 18th, 2012
8:23 am

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle:,
“the state must be willing to invest in itself in order to grow.”

Good one!
Market this as an _Investment_, downplay the term, tax.

WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot52

May 18th, 2012
8:23 am

And Brosephus @ 8:13 just clarified my cynicism for me. It’s always much safer for cowardly politicians to hide behind a referendum than to show courageous leadership and, you know, actually govern.
Thanks much, Bro.

Adam

May 18th, 2012
8:24 am

They, however, will not forget those in office that propose and/or support them.

Good, maybe it’ll put some sanity back into the mix. Even if that was not the intention of the voter. I would love to see a sanity side effect come from a crazy voter.

curious

May 18th, 2012
8:25 am

Good to see either party recognizing the need for Government to invest in this Nation. This and the Savannah River/port project are two good examples.

There will be inefficiencies and fraud, but unless we lease out transportation rights to a for profit company, Government needs to be the project owner.

barking frog

May 18th, 2012
8:25 am

Deal is taking this state
back to his democratic
roots, one tax at a time.

Brosephus™

May 18th, 2012
8:26 am

dB

This State needs an enema!!!!

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WTF52

Glad to know I could be of some usefulness to you.

TaxPayer

May 18th, 2012
8:28 am

Republicans across Georgia must now lay face down on the ground and shake vigorously in order to reset to the new GOP Etch-A-Sketch face. All together now.

Donovan

May 18th, 2012
8:29 am

Stop the press! Jay Bookman has found another chink in the GOP armour.

How many times do we see such a propaganda news release by the left wing AJC OpEd Dept.?

The sky is falling. The sky is falling. Oh, the humanity!

This must mean only one thing…the GOP is finally seeing the error of its ways and becoming Democratized. Bipartisanship is finally working.

Nice try, Comrade Bookman. It aint happening.

USinUK - pro-gay-marriage thug and former Girl Scout

May 18th, 2012
8:31 am

“How many times do we see such a propaganda news release by the left wing AJC OpEd Dept.?”

wow.

talk about a word salad.

been studying from the Caribou Barbie School of Journamalism, I see …

Soothsayer

May 18th, 2012
8:34 am

Jay, if this turns out like every DOT construction site I’ve ever seen, then Georgia’s unemployment will fall to zero. You see, there’s always one guy doing some work and 10 or 15 standing around watching.

stands for decibels

May 18th, 2012
8:35 am

Jammie, if you’re around, I did see your bit downstairs and replied.

Adam

May 18th, 2012
8:37 am

Donovan: Nice try, Comrade Bookman. It aint happening.

You’re being divisive ;)

Adam

May 18th, 2012
8:38 am

You see, there’s always one guy doing some work and 10 or 15 standing around watching.

Really? I thought it was 4 guys, with 1 doing the work.

barking frog

May 18th, 2012
8:39 am

Adam 0837
you’re being divisive.

Mighty Righty

May 18th, 2012
8:39 am

Here is what we get when we elect Democrats. A “Big Brother” government that sticks its nose in every aspect of our business. A government that claims to know what is best for us and forces us to do its bidding in violation of our constitutionaly guaranteed freedoms and liberties. What in the H gives anyone in our government the power to dictate to a local school distrct whether or when a soda machine can be used. Honestly, one day these people who think they know better than we lowly tax payers, will restrict how much, when and where we can we can use toilet paper. Come on people, wake up, throw these brainless bums out in November.

A Utah high school is learning the hard way that the government is serious about nudging students away from food it doesn’t want them to consume. Davis High School in the Salt Lake City area is having to fork over a whopping $15,000 in fines to the Feds because it accidentally sold soda through a vending machine during lunch.

Federal law requires the school to turn off its soda machines during the lunch period, which is 47 minutes a day. And Davis High school did turn off the machines in the lunch room. However, the school didn‘t realize that there was another machine in the school bookstore that wasn’t being turned off. And when the food police realized it, the school was hit with a $0.75 fine per student for the duration of the offense.

Now the school is going to have to cut money to fine arts programs to make up the cost.

stands for decibels

May 18th, 2012
8:42 am

Here is what we get when we elect Democrats.

Nice on-topic post there, MR.

RINOs

May 18th, 2012
8:43 am

If they raise my taxes I will vote them out of office….. now back to Obama hating.

Jm

May 18th, 2012
8:44 am

I trust republicans to raise taxes more than democrats

TaxPayer

May 18th, 2012
8:44 am

Here is what we get when we elect Republicans:

Let’s see. There’s tax cuts. No. Wait. That’s not it.

Soothsayer

May 18th, 2012
8:45 am

Mighty: Now I know that you don’t want your kids drinkin’ no soda and gettin’ cavities and all. Besides, I know that you wouldn’t want your enrolled in no sissy arts programs. How’s that gonna look when he goes into ROTC?

Peadawg

May 18th, 2012
8:45 am

“it would become the largest single tax hike ever enacted in Georgia” – A 1 penny sales tax would be largest tax hike ever enacted in GA? Wow.

Good for Ga Republicans though. One penny doesn’t make a difference to me. I just hope it funds what they say it’s going to fund.

TaxPayer

May 18th, 2012
8:45 am

I trust republicans to raise taxes more than democrats

I trust they will also, regardless of what they say.

Cosby

May 18th, 2012
8:45 am

Republican are as much of theives as Dems…no surprise there…the question should be for the State to prove to the citizens they need the money. they need to show where the money being collected now and in the past has been spent. I understand some of the whinning by the GDOT is the Feds have cut their contribution leading to make the Feds show where the money came in and where it went…a little thing called accountability…now we have this great thing called lets tax the morons more…horse squeeze..show the numbers before asking for more..ACCOUNTABILITY by The Government Elite

larry

May 18th, 2012
8:46 am

You see, there’s always one guy doing some work and 10 or 15 standing around watching.

Actual question on DOT job applications, ” How many men are standing around watching one guy doing some work? ”

a) 5
b)10
c)15
d) 25
e) b&c

Paul

May 18th, 2012
8:46 am

Jay

Any truth to the rumor five percent of the proposed tax is designated for 911 call centers to deal with the increase in heart attacks among Tea Partiers?

Who’d have thought it would be Georgia Republicans showing Republicans in the rest of the country how to govern?

kayaker 71

May 18th, 2012
8:47 am

When was the last time that the government, either state or federal, estimated a project in cost to the taxpayer, determined how long it would take to build it and delivered what the original plans called for? Sort of like Bozocare…… contrived numbers by the GAO to keep the total under 1T, then it appears that it will be double that. If you trust these hacks to deliver as promised, you are living in liberal nirvana land. Accountability? Doesn’t exist.

Jm

May 18th, 2012
8:47 am

“If they raise my taxes…”

RINO, they, your fellow citizens and voters don’t hold an elected office, so I’m not sure how you vote them out

Pizzaman

May 18th, 2012
8:47 am

Here comes Rush waddling down the pike to revoke their Repub man card of there poor folk.

And remember all: Vote early, Vote often!

USinUK - pro-gay-marriage thug and former Girl Scout

May 18th, 2012
8:48 am

jeebus larry … you every laid asphalt in August in Macon??? I’m surprised they don’t have 10 or 15 in the hospital for heat stroke.

USinUK - pro-gay-marriage thug and former Girl Scout

May 18th, 2012
8:48 am

“Any truth to the rumor five percent of the proposed tax is designated for 911 call centers to deal with the increase in heart attacks among Tea Partiers?”

yay!

:lol:

JamVet

May 18th, 2012
8:49 am

stands, thanks for the reply.

Before he got weird (Or is that REALLY weird?! LOL!), I, like most everyone else of our era, loved Reg’s music. And those three or four albums of his in the early 70s helped define that generation.

I guess I’ve lost my political animus today, but I’m just not up to bickering with the usual bickerers (made up word?) about who killed who (hat tip Monty Python) and who is most responsible for this current situation.

Good and bad. And it’s real easy to forget about the good.

Thinking how it used to be
Does she still remember times like these
To think of us again?
And I do.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQ_JAgHxR14

stands for decibels

May 18th, 2012
8:49 am

yes, MR’s manufactured poutrage @ 8.39 is from Drudge.

I wish they’d just post “MATTIE IS TEH SHIZZNIT!!!” or something upbeat, instead, for a change.

larry

May 18th, 2012
8:50 am

C.W. Mathews , if i were them , i would be lobbying hard for this.

They are probably going to get the bulk of the state contracts if all 11 regions pass this.

Paul

May 18th, 2012
8:52 am

kayaker 71

“When was the last time that the government, either state or federal, estimated a project in cost to the taxpayer, determined how long it would take to build it and delivered what the original plans called for? Sort of like Defense programs like the F-22, the F-35, Navy shipbuilding programs, a whole host of next generation Army programs…… contrived numbers”

There ya’ go, buddy. Broadened perspective.

larry

May 18th, 2012
8:53 am

Here comes Rush waddling down the pike to revoke their Repub man card of there poor folk.

Dont get them involved in it.

Besides , they arent supposed to be here until Nov. 1.

Finn McCool (The System Isn't Broken; It's Fixed ~ from an Occupy sign)

May 18th, 2012
8:53 am

Oh my Gawd, somebody call Grover Norquist. We need some Intervention!

USinUK - pro-gay-marriage thug and former Girl Scout

May 18th, 2012
8:53 am

The school is going to HAVE to cut money from its arts programs to make up the costs???

HAVE to cut money from its ARTS programs???

no, it’s CHOOSING to cut money from its arts programs – god forbid you should cut football or basketball …

Soothsayer

May 18th, 2012
8:54 am

What’s bright yellow and sleeps 8?

A DOT truck.

Jack

May 18th, 2012
8:54 am

Apparently no one has ever stolen a TV from stands.

USinUK - pro-gay-marriage thug and former Girl Scout

May 18th, 2012
8:54 am

“Grover Norquist. We need some Intervention!”

speaking of things that should be drowned in a bathtub …

Brosephus™

May 18th, 2012
8:55 am

What in the H gives anyone in our government the power to dictate to a local school distrct whether or when a soda machine can be used.

Even though the experiment was conducted on lab rats, I think we have more scientific proof based on that post right there…

A new UCLA rat study is the first to show how a diet steadily high in fructose slows the brain, hampering memory and learning — and how omega-3 fatty acids can counteract the disruption. The peer-reviewed Journal of Physiology publishes the findings in its May 15 edition.

“Our findings illustrate that what you eat affects how you think,” said Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, a professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a professor of integrative biology and physiology in the UCLA College of Letters and Science. “Eating a high-fructose diet over the long term alters your brain’s ability to learn and remember information. But adding omega-3 fatty acids to your meals can help minimize the damage.”

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/05/120515150938.htm

Mighty Righty, I’d suggest a diet with heavy concentrations of Omega 3’s for you. It might not be too late to reverse the effects of your sugar diet….

Daedalus

May 18th, 2012
8:55 am

Of course Deal supports the TSPLOST — there is nothing in the law that says it has to be spend on transportation projects — the legislature will be able to divert some or all of the money to other parts of the state. And don’t try to say that voters will throw them out if they do so — if State Reps and Senators in Blue Ridge and Brunswick vote to take tax money from Atlanta to spend in those areas, the local folks will love them for it.

stands for decibels

May 18th, 2012
8:55 am

JV, yep, gotta take a break from the aggro now and then myself.

Don't Forget

May 18th, 2012
8:56 am

“I stand by what I said, whatever it was.”

Mitt Romney yesterday :lol:

Mighty Righty

May 18th, 2012
8:56 am

Now that “facts” are known in the George Zimmerman Traavon Martin incident, will Jay and the left wing press report the “facts” with the same enthusiasm as they did their slanted .speculation? Really. We’ll see.

USinUK - pro-gay-marriage thug and former Girl Scout

May 18th, 2012
8:56 am

“Mighty Righty, I’d suggest a diet with heavy concentrations of Omega 3’s for you. It might not be too late to reverse the effects of your sugar diet….”

and fiber … lots and lots of fiber …

you see a bit backed up …

Brosephus™

May 18th, 2012
8:57 am

USinUK - pro-gay-marriage thug and former Girl Scout

May 18th, 2012
8:57 am

“What in the H gives anyone in our government the power to dictate to a local school distrct whether or when a soda machine can be used”

what gives them the right???

the fact that those self-same schools get federal money for the school lunch program.

that’s what.

TaxPayer

May 18th, 2012
8:58 am

Republicans,

Your leaders have spoken. You shall take thine tax hike and you shall accept it and cherish it and love it and keep it with you always until your GOP leaders give you your next tax hike to love and cherish. :lol:

Paul

May 18th, 2012
8:58 am

USinUK

” god forbid you should cut football or basketball …”

Of course you don’t cut football or basketball. God forbids it! Have you forgotten, we’re talking about the South?

Soothsayer

May 18th, 2012
8:58 am

“I know you believe you understand what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.”

— Richard M. Nixon

Huh??

USinUK - pro-gay-marriage thug and former Girl Scout

May 18th, 2012
8:59 am

Jack

May 18th, 2012
8:59 am

Maybe we need more MARTA in order for Al to ride over to the Starlight: he’s needed there.

larry

May 18th, 2012
8:59 am

Now that “facts” are known in the George Zimmerman Traavon Martin incident, will Jay and the left wing press report the “facts” with the same enthusiasm as they did their slanted .speculation? Really. We’ll see.

I know of one fact. If Mr. Zimmerman stays in his car, none of this happens. Period. End of story.

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

May 18th, 2012
9:01 am

Mighty Righty

If the facts are known then apparently the left wing press has reported them.

D’UH.

You are our own little CNN….silly 24/7.

marty

May 18th, 2012
9:01 am

The 2 problems that cause me concern are: The money will be spent haphazardly with greasing friendly contractor palms being much more important than a well conceived overall plan for the metro area. That is made clear by the ” Give us the money now and we’ll provide details later ” approach. And, of course, the promise that the tax will expire in 10 years. GA 400 showed how well sunset provisions on tax increases work

USinUK - pro-gay-marriage thug and former Girl Scout

May 18th, 2012
9:01 am

Paul – “Of course you don’t cut football or basketball. God forbids it! Have you forgotten, we’re talking about the South?”

the lunkheads always get the money – the artists always get the shaft.

JamVet

May 18th, 2012
9:01 am

I do have one theory about this right wing lament how the government is too intrusive and has over-reached.

Like a parent with unruly kids, Uncle Sam has had little choice but to step in and box some ears.

Because the men who run American businesses have in WAY too many cases, shown over and over and over again – with deadly results – that one cannot presume that they will do the right, or even ethical things.

Mind you, these are NOT the mistakes made by mere mortals, they are calculated actions based first and foremost on return of investment. And greed. And whoever gets killed, maimed or otherwise ruined, in the process, well that’s kinda sad, but the machine has to keep rolling along, right?

And if that mean old Father Figure in Red, White and Blue would just leave us completely alone, we could really have some fun!

Brosephus™

May 18th, 2012
9:01 am

Paul

MR’s story was about a school in Utah. What it or George Zimmerman has to do with Georgia’s T-SPLOST is only known to MR and whatever voices he’s tuned in to.

Paul

May 18th, 2012
9:01 am

USinUK

Think those parents who are so against the Fed guvmnint would be happy paying double or triple for lunches without all that guvmint money?

Think all these folks whose bright idea on how to balance the Federal budget is to cut the Department of Education have a clue what will happen to their local taxes when they lose $62 BILLION a year?

The Snark

May 18th, 2012
9:01 am

Looks like some folk in our ruling party have developed a sense of … what’s the word … responsibility?

jconservative

May 18th, 2012
9:03 am

Is it true that Deal will hire Barney Frank to run the TSPLOST fund?

godless heathen

May 18th, 2012
9:04 am

but they loooooooooooooove the services those tax hikes pay for

What I like the most is that hurricane evacuation system they installed on I-16 about 15 years ago that has never been used. They got these fancy gates on all the exit ramps where they can close the ramps – one at the top of the ramp and one at the bottom, when they reverse the east bound lanes. Like once every 5th blue moon when they have to evacuate the Georgia Coast, they can’t send a fat cop out there to put up a couple of saw horse barricades. And they have a sign installed every 1/2 mile informing you that you are on the Hurricane Evacuation Route, so that you can be reassured that you haven’t somehow strayed off of I-16 into the piney woods of south Georgia.

Thems the kind of services I likes the most.

Paul

May 18th, 2012
9:05 am

Brosephus

When you got a cause, you got a cause.

Junior Samples

May 18th, 2012
9:05 am

Or if Zimmerman stayed home, like the Police asked…

Butch Cassidy

May 18th, 2012
9:05 am

After reading Mighty Rightys posts this morning, I can only conclude that he has a “blurtting” problem. As in today, we will be discuassing the GOP support of tax increases so feel free to comment on the topic at hand – Mighty Righty – POOPY PANTS!!!!!!!

Mighty Righty

May 18th, 2012
9:05 am

The idea that Deal and Cagle are somehow unpopular is wishfull thinking by the minority party. They were both elected by overwhelming majorities and will be re elected by overwhelming majorities. This is a new low even for them. They are complaining about Deal supporting a program they claim to want. Is it possible the party of NO only favored the TSPSPLOT because they thought Republicans opposed it? Hmmm.

JeromeMJ

May 18th, 2012
9:06 am

You can’t cut your way to spend more? Why don’t we begin by making all government workers have Social Security instead of big fat private pensions? Why don’t we begin by making government workers work correctly? I received a late business tax notice that arrived before the invoice and was dated 3 weeks before the due date.

The reason the government wants more money is because they do not have any idea what they are doing.

USinUK - pro-gay-marriage thug and former Girl Scout

May 18th, 2012
9:06 am

“Think all these folks whose bright idea on how to balance the Federal budget is to cut the Department of Education have a clue what will happen to their local taxes when they lose $62 BILLION a year?”

dood … property taxes could get uuuuuuuuuuugly!

TaxPayer

May 18th, 2012
9:06 am

MR has simply been presented with a dilemma that his negatronic brain cannot process so he has turned to the option of tuning it out with loud distractions of the form, “LALALALALA!”

RINOs

May 18th, 2012
9:07 am

This tax is just more handouts to the moochers getting free rides on the Marta. Read my lips: no new taxes.

Those who support the new tax will get whipped out like a trouser trout.

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

May 18th, 2012
9:09 am

“The reason the government wants more money is because they do not have any idea what they are doing.”

Except for that whole keeping America running since 1776 thing…..

Butch Cassidy

May 18th, 2012
9:10 am

RINOs – “This tax is just more handouts to the moochers getting free rides on the Marta.”

Yes, because we all know how devoted the Republican party is to the “moocher class”.

cloudodust

May 18th, 2012
9:10 am

It’s really pretty simple : Tax increases in one area are usually offset by tax reductions in another. That doesn’t raise taxes, it simply shifts the cash flow to where it’s needed at the time from an area that has had it’s day making hay. In the case of fairness, every dollar spent is taxed on the rich and poor alike. i.e., Fair Tax…The tax increases that don’t make sense are the ones that specifically attempt to target and punish a segment of society for having something others haven’t earned. You’ll find those unfair tax reforms on a Democrat plank.

godless heathen

May 18th, 2012
9:10 am

Think all these folks whose bright idea on how to balance the Federal budget is to cut the Department of Education have a clue what will happen to their local taxes when they lose $62 BILLION a year?

Local taxes will have to increase to make up for it if the local taxpayers think that the local school system needs the money. But a whole lot less money will get skimmed off by a 5000 employee Federal Bureaucracy.

larry

May 18th, 2012
9:12 am

dood … property taxes could get uuuuuuuuuuugly!

Its already getting ugly!

Our little county alone lost 3.4 million, in addition to losing 2.9 million in property value.

And when you dont have much of a tax base? yuck!!

Mighty Righty

May 18th, 2012
9:12 am

Butch Cassidy

I realise the main purpose of this blog is to re elect Obama and when the news is full of bad news for the Kenyan leader of the Dummycrats the purpose is to deflect, deflect, deflect. I am sorry if my not joining in on the Dummycrat deflection gets your panties in a wad, but farnkly you will just have to get over it.

USinUK - pro-gay-marriage thug and former Girl Scout

May 18th, 2012
9:12 am

Let’s not forget … Corridor Z was used to transport troops for WWII … which, if I remember correctly, ended just as the highway was finished.

Butch Cassidy

May 18th, 2012
9:12 am

cloudodust – “The tax increases that don’t make sense are the ones that specifically attempt to target and punish a segment of society for NOT having something others decided to have. You’ll find those unfair tax reforms under Property taxes for schools, roads, busses and hot lunches for other peoples children.”

Fixed it for you.