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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Hats Off To An Honest - and Traitorous - Liberal

At least Los Angeles Times columnist is being consistent:

Warriors and wusses
Joel Stein

I DON'T SUPPORT our troops. This is a particularly difficult opinion to have, especially if you are the kind of person who likes to put bumper stickers on his car. Supporting the troops is a position that even Calvin is unwilling to urinate on.

I'm sure I'd like the troops. They seem gutsy, young and up for anything. If you're wandering into a recruiter's office and signing up for eight years of unknown danger, I want to hang with you in Vegas.

And I've got no problem with other people — the ones who were for the Iraq war — supporting the troops. If you think invading Iraq was a good idea, then by all means, support away. Load up on those patriotic magnets and bracelets and other trinkets the Chinese are making money off of.

But I'm not for the war. And being against the war and saying you support the troops is one of the wussiest positions the pacifists have ever taken — and they're wussy by definition. It's as if the one lesson they took away from Vietnam wasn't to avoid foreign conflicts with no pressing national interest but to remember to throw a parade afterward. (link)
What kind of American denounces our troops while they're in harm's way? I guess we all know the answer to that question.

I wish no harm on this scum. I do, however, condemn the Los Angeles Times for having him on its payroll.

Roanoke Times Favors Massive Tax Increase

As one might have predicted, the editorialists at the Roanoke Times have decided that Governor Tim Kaine's outrageous, misguided, and punitive tax proposal is a swell idea:

Plowing through Virginia roadblocks
Gov. Kaine's transportation proposal offers a progressive mix of funds. The key will be for the House to forgo its regressive ways.
The Roanoke Times

Gov. Tim Kaine proposes a welcome mix of progressive measures to pay for Virginia's overwhelming transportation needs.

Kaine ... proposes raising the auto sales tax, creating a graduated titling fee that charges owners of heavier vehicles (which cause more road damage) a higher rate [this is a reference to a new tax on SUV's; where these people came up with the preposterous notion that these "heavier vehicles" cause damage to roads is a mystery only they can explain], increasing fines for bad drivers and a slight increase in auto insurance premium surcharges.

Kaine's plan would raise $3.74 billion in four years to be used solely on projects to improve roads, rails and the public transit system. The costs would be borne by those who actually use the system and would not sacrifice the education or health of any Virginian. (
link)
Where do these jokers think this $3.74 billion is going to come from?

Let's get a few few things straight;

(1) Expenditure of personal income is a zero-sum game. When a portion of one's hard-earned paycheck is confiscated by the government, that portion will not be available for other expenses - like healthcare and education.

(2) " ... those who actually use the system" include every business owner in Southwest Virginia. This array of new taxes will increase their costs of doing business. The
many furniture plants that have closed their doors and laid off thousands of Virginians in recent years were unable to compete with the Chinese because costs - including taxes - are too high. The Chinese will not be paying Tim Kaine's taxes.

Managers at Johnson Controls are, at this very moment, trying to determine whether or not the remaining 1360 employees at their
Bristol Compressors plant will be fired due to the plant's inability to turn a profit. Tim Kaine's taxes will worsen the plant's losses and will make the decision to terminate the employment of those 1360 Virginians at Bristol's largest employer easier and quicker.

(3) The Roanoke Times disparages the notion put forth by conservative Republicans in the house to use moneys from the general fund for transportation needs:


"The House plan, expected later this week, is likely to avoid new sources of money and will seek to solve one problem by exacerbating others.

Reports indicate the House plan will rob the general fund -- to the detriment of schools, public health and other vital services.
It should be brought to the attention of the person who wrote this that it was none other than Mark Warner who began the practice (link) and it is a worthwhile and legitimate practice.

(4) The state government has been spending money like drunken sailors.



"Proponents of tax increases point to unmet transportation needs to support their cause. Yet state spending increased 13 percent in 1999, 7 percent in 2000, and 9 percent in 2001. If key transportation needs have not been met, the problem is not a lack of funds but legislators who have not properly prioritized the budget." (link)

This needs to stop. Now.

(5) Most importantly, Tim Kaine's taxes will hurt our already damaged economy here in Southwest Virginia and will slow growth across the state:

Tax increases are not just bad budget policy; they are also bad economic policy. Since higher taxes reduce economic growth, an added cost of higher ... taxes would be lower incomes for Virginians. During the 1990s Virginia taxes grew faster than incomes, and local property taxes have soared recently. (link)

(6) Think of the poor folks (Virginians!) who are showing up at Bristol Compressors and Webb Furniture for work this morning and who are wondering if today will be their last day on the job.

Tim Kaine's taxes will be the determining factor.

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