An excellent article appeared to today in Redstate.com explaining what happened in Virginia over the weekend. Read the whole article, it’s well worth it.
Redstate noted all the praise that our Governor is receiving, from democrats.
“Bob McDonnell was getting all kinds of praise on the Sunday shows for his big transportation tax hike, which passed the Virginia legislature this week. He was getting praise from big government liberals like Tim Kaine and Terry McAuliffe and Martin O’Malley for his evenhandedness, his leadership, not like those troublesome conservatives in Washington who refuse to wheel and deal.
That should tell you all you need to know about the transportation tax hike McDonnell pushed through. But it’s a whole lot worse than that when you look at what really went down……
“he’s entering the final year of his governorship looking for something for his “legacy”, and he decided to make it all about transportation funding. The big McDonnell backers – corporations and developers – want more funding for road building and infrastructure, and since Virginia has been insulated from the economic downturn thanks largely to spending by the federal government (hence his outrage over the sequestration and what it might do to Virginia — he has no interest in cutting the size of government dollars which go to his state), they saw an opportunity to get funding from a big tax increase. (See this Wall Street Journal editorial for more.
The initial McDonnell package amounted to a $2.4 billion tax increase over five years. By the time the Virginia legislature was done with it, it had exploded into a $6.1 billion increase. These tax hikes include:
- Sales tax hike from 5 to 5.3 percent
- Additional sales tax hike of .7 percent in Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia
- Personal property tax hike from 3.5 percent to 4.3 percent
- Tangible personal property tax hike to 5 percent
- 3 percent Northern Virginia hotel tax
- Diesel tax hike from 17.5 cents per gallon to 6 percent tax on wholesale diesel, roughly a 5 cent per gallon increase
- Car tax hike from 3 percent to 4 percent in 2013, 4.1 percent in 2014, 4.2 percent in 2015, and 4.3 percent in 2016 (Remember when Republicans got elected in Virginia by saying we should get rid of the car tax? Good times.)”
No wonder the Governor was ecstatic after the vote, he got three times what he had asked for! Our House of Delegates and those 8 Senators think we’re just that stupid, we’ll never notice these $6 BILLION in tax increases. Nor will we notice the BILLIONS more that we will have to pay for the expansion of medicaid.
More from RedState,
“But it gets worse. Because McDonnell was so desperate for this gigantic tax hike, he was willing to wheel and deal on Obamacare, too.
Senate Democrats in Virginia sensed that McDonnell was desperate. He needed their votes to pass his proposal since enough Republicans refused to go along with him. So they demanded more from McDonnell. They insisted they’d only vote for the tax hike if they got to expand Medicaid under Obamacare, something McDonnell had just days earlier swore he would not do.”
“In other words, Bob McDonnell was so desperate to raise taxes, he was willing to sell out on Obamacare, too. He was willing to sell out his party, his base, and his principles. And he did it with a smile.
The plan all along was to tax people more. The Medicaid expansion will do that too, adding in huge tax increases in future years when federal funding drops. And McDonnell got what he want. He passed his tax hike with a higher percentage of Democrats in the General Assembly voted for it than Republicans. He passed it despite the opposition of every Republican running statewide this year, including Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.”
So much for McDonnell’s word. So much for him claiming to be a conservative. Does he even realize that he has just driven a stake through the heart of his political future? Or is he so out of touch with the voters that he thinks he might still run for Senate, or worse, President? Does he not realize how furious republicans are across the state? Or is he foolish enough to think that democrats will vote for him and he can afford to throw away the republican vote? Whatever his thought process, it’s delusional if he think that he can ever run again as a republican.
This whole package of tax increases wasn’t even posted online for voters to read before the vote. Gee, I wonder why not? Why bother “the little people, the stupid little people” with such details. Right? We’re just too stupid to get it. That’s what they think of us. We know better, and soon they will too.