And I'd be willing to ignore him if he didn't go out of his way to intrude in my world with a feeble attempt at convincing me that his having voted to raise my taxes was, as it turns out, a really swell thing to do. I first read his rationale in a (hard-copy version) letter to the editor of the local Wythe News. It took me a couple of days to (find the time to) track down the electronic version. You too will find this inciteful if not insightful. If I didn't know him any better, this letter might convince me that he is a shrewd politician. But I know better. Still, he is a politician.
Talking taxes is always dangerous ground, but I, for one, think it might be a positive subject based on the effects that have come about from the half-cent sales tax that was added during the budget war in the 2004 session. That small addition has become Virginia’s story of “The Little Engine That Could” in many ways. (link then click on Delegate's Desk)I'm already mad. I'm just dying to see how he paints this tax thievery in a postive light.
With all of the emotion out of the way, we have found that the small increase in the sales tax was the right thing to do. It has put Virginia on a firmer financial footing than has been seen for many years. We now have a real cash flow- not a surplus- but money that can be used to pay some bills that have gone unpaid and be used to replenish our saving (sic) account.The state is now awash in money and there is - until the governor and old Benny get together and dream up new ways to blow it - a massive surplus. He admits this in his next sentence:
The state has saved its coveted Triple-A bond rating which will enable us to do some far-reaching projects for our transportation system (my emphasis), which, in turn, is crucial for economic growth.It isn't a surplus because we intend to spend it, you see.
... money that can be used to pay some bills that have gone unpaid and be used to replenish our saving (sic) account (my emphasis).In order to replenish "our" "saving" account, he had to make a withdrawal from your "saving" account. Politicians universally accept this twisted notion as being not only something that is acceptable but, as in Benny's mind, it is worth bragging about to their constituents. It isn't a surplus; it's a "saving" account. And the fact that we confiscated it from you at gunpoint is something you should all be proud of.
And like herpes, Benny intends to be the gift that keeps on giving.
I will do my best to keep you informed about the progress of legislation and let you know about the bills that I have patroned or co-patroned.Gee, thanks, Benny, for wanting to keep us informed. In the meantime, could you stop by the Celanese plant over in Giles County and help the workers there load their belongings on the moving vans that will be taking them north to their new places of employment? (link) I'm sure they're all dying to hear about the "saving" account too.