"Meet me half way, Republicans. I'm willing to accept a large tax increase rather than a moderate tax increase. In the name of magnanimity. In this time of crisis. I'm a cooperatin' kinda guy."
It's at this point that you're supposed to be whelmed:
Kaine makes appeal for cooperation in crisisWe've talked about the cigarette tax and how an increase there will fall most heavily on the poorest among us. An irony in this time of crisis if there ever was one. But does anyone think it's actually going to stop there? Does anyone remember how this Kaine character brought up the need for an increase in taxes to pay for transportation days AFTER he was elected? AFTER an increase in cigarette taxes, does anyone think he'll stop there?
By Michael Sluss and Mason Adams, The Roanoke Times
Richmond -- In each of the past two years, Gov. Tim Kaine stood before a joint session of the General Assembly and reported that the "state of the commonwealth" is strong.
On Wednesday, with Virginia mired in a budget crisis, Kaine used different phrasing. The governor appealed to a politically divided legislature for cooperation and said: "If we act with the resolve that has been summoned ... [blah blah blah]
The governor has proposed deep spending cuts, including reductions in education and Medicaid funding, and an increase in the state's cigarette tax to balance the budget. [link]
Special session here we come. Again. The crisis continues.
A crisis of confidence, if you ask me.