Thursday, March 01, 2007

.... but is it a tax increase?

OK, so the Republicans went along with a "compromise" that keeps the corporate kicker for all but the smaller businesses, raises the corporate minimum tax and cuts the estate tax between the $2 and $3 million level.

Yes, they caved. Republicans should not raise taxes. First, it is the wrong thing to do, but second, it is a stupid political thing to do. Standing for lower taxes is the party's best and most popular position. We should never give it up.

So I am disappointed, although hardly surprised.

I am surprised, however, that the liberals are arguing over at BlueOregon that this deal is not a tax increase! Reminiscent of Clinton's hedging over the definition of "is," the Bloregonians are whining about FreedomWorks sending out postcards in Democrat districts telling voters that their newly elected Democrat legislator just backed a $250 million tax increase.

"Foul play!" they say. "it's not a tax increase!" "That is a juvenile political tactic!"

Huh? Informing people about Democrat positions is a juvenile political tactic? And what planet must you be from to argue that this is not a tax increase?

Here's a clue: if you change the tax code and the result is an increase in government revenue, it's a tax increase. It is really not all that complicated.

7 comments:

Mick said...

I agree it is a tax increase, but did FreedomWorks send out their postcards in the Republican districts, too?

RINO WATCH said...

True Conservative Republican, RinoWatch, received a David Edwards postcard at home yesterday.

It was Brilliant move by Freedomworks...Brilliant!

Anonymous said...

Freedom Works is partisan. Its like you'd complain if SEIU didn't attack democrtas as if fairness has anything to do with it.

These democrats whose districts got mailed to ran as fiscal conservatives. Now they have to hold that up or lose their seats.

Chris McMullen said...

You really nailed it with this one, Rob. Would Bloregonians (LOL! great term, BTW) feel the same if the state decided to keep their tax refund? Or, would they be delusional enough to argue that that's not a tax increase either.

Mick said...

Chris: Most would not consider it a tax increase. They would be wrong, of course.

Anonymous: Virtually all Republicans run as fiscal conservatives, too. They should be made to hold up their end, too.

Anonymous said...

kremer

you bragged about a picture you had of walker & blue chick

where is it big guy

Anonymous said...

Of course, it is a tax increase. A tax increase by Wayne Scott and Dennis Richardson - when the state is flush with cash.

We can only hope there are some R's in the House who will stand up to these two thugs.