Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Tim "The Eyebrow" Kaine's Tax Waffle
Tim "The Eyebrow" Kaine is the Governor of the Commonwealth (only Yankees call it a state) of Virginia. He succeeded fellow democrat Mark Warner in a fairly close off year election - mostly by talking out of both sides of his political oral cavity. He had one message for Northern Virginia - that being "I'll fix the transportation disaster you have to endure every morning." He had an entirely different message for Southern/Western Virginia - basically touting Red-State politics. His opponent stumbled badly, so The Eyebrow now sits in Richmond's Big Chair.
Campaigning and governing are two totally different realities, and we here in Virginia are beginning to see The Eyebrow's plan for overhauling the roads in Northern Virginia. He has a very simple plan - raise taxes.
The Eyebrow's campaign started off with a pledge to "veto any new taxes for transportation until a constitutional amendment locked up the transportation trust fund." Since then he has "softened" his stance to simply avoiding the suggestion of tax increases unless "he felt sure that the money raised would go to transportation." (Emphasis mine)
Who would bear the brunt of the Eyebrow's confiscatory tax scheme? Car buyers (an increase to 5% from 3% of the sales tax on cars) and home buyers (an unstated increase on the purchase of a home). Miscellaneous other "fees" would be increased as well to give The Eyebrow another Billion to play with in Richmond.
Count me as one Virginia Taxpayer unwilling to part with any more of my hard earned cash based solely on The Eyebrow's "feeling" as to how it will be spent.
Here endeth the lesson.