Governor Tim Kaine, after reversing himself on a smoking ban, and after reversing himself on a gun ban, now reverses himself on that driver fees compromise that he agreed to just a few short months ago.
Either his body has been taken over by an alien or the Tim Kaine who presented himself to us in 2005 as a man of the people - a man we could trust - ain't who he says he was.
In today's news:
Kaine: Repeal driver feesThe abuser-fee idea has flunked with the voters? Did I a voter miss a vote?
By Jeff E. Schapiro, Richmond Times-Dispatch Staff Writer
Gov. Timothy M. Kaine last night urged scrapping the bad-driving fees that triggered a voter revolt last fall and that further splintered the legislature that will largely shape his legacy over the next two months.
In a surprise start to the symbolic midpoint of his four-year term, Kaine said the penalties -- part of last year's hard-fought multibillion-dollar fix for transportation -- are a flop.
"The abuser-fee idea has flunked with our voters, and we should acknowledge it and move on," Kaine said to enthusiastic huzzahs in his State of the Commonwealth message to a joint session of the General Assembly. (link)
Or is Kaine letting his decisions be influenced by a handful of citizens, as he allowed to happen with his proposed gun ban, once again?
Since he brought it up, though, how about we put it to a vote? Higher taxes across the board (again) or the fee increase that was put in place to punish habitually dangerous drivers?
I'm willing to go at it.