The taxman cometh:
Kaine Set for a Tour to Promote Higher Taxes for TransportationIs he that clueless?
By Michael D. Shear, Washington Post Staff Writer
RICHMOND -- Gov. Timothy M. Kaine plans to barnstorm this week on behalf of higher taxes for roads and transit, holding town hall meetings in southwest Virginia even as lawmakers remain deadlocked on the state's budget.
Back from a week-long trip to visit National Guard troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, Kaine (D) will stump for his $1 billion-a-year transportation plan in Bristol and Hillsville at the beginning of the week. (link)
Tim Kaine will be making a pitch in Hillsville to raise taxes and then will get in his car, drive over to Galax, and declare the town to be in economic crisis, a circumstance brought about by all the business failures in the area and subsequent (massive) worker layoffs, every one of which can be directly attributable to - among other costs - high taxes.
Will Kaine, while he's in Galax, declare the area a tax-free zone until the crisis is averted? Will he call for Southwest Virginia to be allowed enterprise zone status and forego any or all state taxes (and costly regulations) until the area gets back on its feet? Will he do something - anything - to reduce our employers' cost of doing business?
No. After handing out some welfare checks and a pat on the head to laid-off workers in Galax (I can see him right now practicing the "I feel your pain" look in front of the mirror), Kaine will get back in his car and drive to Bristol - where he'll again talk about raising taxes - the result of which, if he's not stopped, will be the closing of more area businesses.
I'll not be in the fawning crowd when Governor Kaine brings his dog-and-pony show to town. I'm afraid I'd not be able to control my urge to interrupt his scripted photo op and ask him the questions that no newspaper reporter, editor, or columnist in all of Southwest Virginia seems inclined to ask. Beginning with a few from Econ 101:
- Governor Kaine, will raising taxes to pay for road improvements up north increase the cost of doing business here in the economic crisis zone?
- If so, would the inverse - lowering taxes - bring economic vitality and jobs to this troubled region?
- Which again do you favor?
I'll not be at Kaine's rally. I already know his answers.