Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Jim Gilmore Strikes Back

The Washington Times has an article this morning entitled "Gilmore eyes another run" where he discusses the issue of the VA GOP's message on taxes. Interesting read, especially regarding the $1.4 billion tax increase.

9 Comments:

At 11/16/2005 01:07:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Didn't Gilmore oversee the largest spending spree in state history? He calls that "conservative"!!!!

 
At 11/16/2005 01:24:00 PM, Blogger MR JMS said...

Dont point that out. 1999 to 2001 was the LARGEST growth in state spending EVER.

 
At 11/16/2005 03:00:00 PM, Blogger Riley, Not O'Reilly said...

But isn't the car tax cut counted as "spending" in those breakdowns you cite? I'm pretty sure that it is given that the tax cut was really a reimbursement to the localities.

 
At 11/16/2005 03:16:00 PM, Blogger James Young said...

Jim makes the most important point. The "problem" with the car tax cut is that Repubmocrats refused to simply cut it, and sowed within it the seeds of its own destruction by merely shifting the burden to the Commonwealth, with the Commonwealth reimbursing localities for "lost" revenue.

In short, John Chichester and his crowd baked a cake for the taxpayers, and gave it a nice turd filling. Sadly, it is not only the Democrat Party which is filled with dishonest slugs.

 
At 11/16/2005 04:38:00 PM, Blogger MR JMS said...

And because it is a rebate back to localities we do not count that in state spending?

Fact is the car tax was a locality tax that Gilmore wanted to cut. The choice was see a dramatic increase in local property tax OR cut state spending to compensate the localities with direct funds. Gilmore chose to compensate the localities, but not to make any cuts to pay for that compensation.

All of that is now null and void though since the average family pays more in additional sales tax then they receive in car tax releif.

 
At 11/16/2005 04:42:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The car tax was a local tax: the state couldn't "cut" it: hence the goofy reimbursement scheme. Like most RINO tax policies, it was just a bait-n-switch, accomplishing nothing, shrinking the size of government not a whit.

 
At 11/16/2005 05:29:00 PM, Blogger James Young said...

C'mon, mr jms. You say that "The choice was see a dramatic increase in local property tax OR cut state spending to compensate the localities with direct funds." But what happened was answering "Yes" to the question "Blond or brunette." In fact, we got both "a dramatic increase in local property tax" and "compensate the localities with direct funds."

And BTW, tell me why it was Gilmore's responsibility to "make ... cuts to pay for that compensation"? The GA had another choice: simply repeal the authority to impose the tax (we are a Dillon Rule state, after all), and leave it to localities to justify property tax increases to pay for government spending. That would have been the fiscally conservative, responsible course, but Senators Squishes wouldn't have it.

God forbid that anyone should ever have to actually justify government spending.

 
At 11/16/2005 06:17:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

no taxes were cut just shifted. The expense of the car tax was just paid for by income taxes. Funny thing is that NoVA thinks the car tax cut was for them and they are the ones who paid for it with growth in income. the only good thing was that it did force spending cuts in the general fund later but still the bureaucrats waited it out and have more than made up for the "downturn" in revenues...

 
At 11/16/2005 11:32:00 PM, Anonymous Interested Observer said...

I think that the citizens of Virginia are pretty clear on Gilmore's "legacy" - that is of bait-and-switch, deceit, fiscal irresponsibility, and leaving problems for others to solve. No wonder no one has heard anyting from him the last four years. At least George Allen was able to maintain a viable political career. I would love to see a Gilmore v. Warner match-up in four years and watch Gimore get his clock cleaned.

The jury is still out on Kaine, but Warner definitely proved that he knows how to efficiently govern, make tough decisions, not play political games, and lead the Commonwealth. After four years of Kaine, we can compare 2 terms of Democrat rule to 2 terms of Republican rule, but right now, things aren't looking too good for the Republicans.

 

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