Clinton promises to aid local governmentsHow many of you remember the scheme that was cooked up by the politicians in Washington years ago called "revenue sharing?" That bit of sleight of hand involved the federal government raising tax revenue, with a portion of it being turned over to local and state governments for their use. The same local and state governments that are charged with, among other things, raising the necessary tax revenue on a local and state level to keep afloat.
The Democratic presidential frontrunner spoke at a conference in Richmond on Tuesday.
By Michael Sluss, The Roanoke Times
Richmond -- Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton told a national conference of county government officials Tuesday that she would strengthen partnerships between Washington and localities and push to expand child health insurance for low-income families if she wins the 2008 election.
Appearing at the National Association of Counties annual convention, the U.S. senator and former first lady accused President Bush's administration of neglecting the needs of localities and treating those with economic hardships as "invisible."
In a 33-minute speech, Clinton mixed pointed criticism of the Bush administration with promises to help localities with unmet needs in public safety, community development and other areas. (link)
Look, I don't blame these county officials for applauding wildly when a Washington politician offers to take over that responsibility and raise taxes for their use. But let's stop playing games. We then need to change our name to the Soviet Union and crown Bill's wife Commissar if we are going to do it.
No, I blame you. You allow people like this to raise excessive amounts of revenue - at the point of a gun - so much in fact that she can give a good bit of it away for whatever needs there are out there to be met. There's always more where that came from.
You allow this woman and people like her to get away with this. And it will continue until you put a stop to her. You'll have your chance, should you decide you've had enough.
November 4, 2008. Send her back to the hellish depths from which she came.