Apr 4, 2012 Political
The famous line from Forrest Gump appropriately fits Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley. Not long into his first term he decided that there needed to be a special session of the legislature to increase revenue which is liberal talk for raising taxes. One of the things raised (among a number of taxes) was the state’s sales tax. It increased 20% from 5 cents to 6 cents.
O’Moron told us that the tax increases were needed to close a budget gap, one created by Democrats who spend too much.
Imagine the surprise of the Democrats when the expected revenue did not materialize. They just could not figure out why the tax increases did not generate what they thought they would.
Maryland is a small state and borders other states with either lower sales tax or NO sales tax. Why not just drive to Delaware to make purchases?
The Transportation fund in Maryland is depleted because politicians raided it and used the money for things that were not transportation related. Now that the fund is full of IOUs they need to build it back up to repair roads. O’Moron wants to raise the sales tax another cent to pay for these transportation needs. Keep in mind that the taxpayers in this state funded the transportation fund in the first place. It is not our fault the politicians spent the money but we are the ones they turn to with their hat in hand and hands in our pockets.
This sales tax increase is a last ditch effort to increase taxes. O’Moron wanted to increase the gas tax AND apply the state sales tax to it (as if gas is not costly enough) but that was rejected so now it is on to increasing the sales tax.
The cynic in me thinks that this was the plan all along. O’Moron wanted the gas tax and if it had passed he would have been happy to rape us for the money but I think he knew it would never pass and this increase in the sales tax was his default position. To the uninformed it will look “no so bad” compared to a huge increase on gas. I mean, it is only a cent…
Regardless of what the process is the reality is that Marylanders are taxed enough, or should I say more than enough. Our problem is that we spend too much. Period.
We need to cut spending and cut taxes to increase the revenue to the state. It works every time it is tried.
But O’Moron is a tax and spend Democrat as are his Democrats in Annapolis. Plus, O’Moron has national ambitions. He wants to be president someday and if he ever accomplishes that he will be no better than the current occupant of the White House.
O’Moron is working on his national Dem creds so he will appeal to liberals across the country. He needs to be seen as a left wing lunatic with increased taxes, abortion on demand, illegals on the dole, and gay marriage under his belt so he will be part of the “in crowd” in the Democrat national scene.
It matters not to him that an increase in taxes will hurt the little people he and his party claim to protect (those with money will shop in other states). It matters not that his plans will result in lower revenue just as it did the last time.
All he cares about is positioning himself for the national scene.
We are taxed enough already Marty so how about you man up and cut the spending?
Never surrender, never submit.
Aug 3, 2009 Political
Two Obama administration officials, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and National Economic Council Director Larry Summers, were on the talk shows this weekend and they were asked about tax increases. Both of them left the door open to taxing the middle class in order to reduce the deficit and to pay for the expansion of health care.
During the campaign Obama promised that 95% of earners would see no tax increase. He made it clear that he intended to pay for his follies by taxing the rich. The top 1% of earners already pay more in taxes than the bottom 95% of earners and even if they took every dollar the rich earned they could not pay the bills. Besides, once the taxes increase the wealthy will find a way to avoid them. The wealthy stopped going through Sherwood Forest when Robin Hood started robbing them. The wealthy know how to protect their money.
Anyone with common sense knew that Obama was not being accurate (I don’t say he lied because he probably believes his own rhetoric) but people voted for him anyway. The electorate was happy when the money they would be getting was coming from someone else but how will they feel when they start getting hit with tax increases to pay the bills?
Geithner and Summers would not rule out the increases and made it clear that the administration is trying to balance campaign promises with reality.
I have no doubt that the taxes will increase for everyone who actually pays them. The suckers who bought into the Obama hype will be the ones surprised when they are taking home less pay.
Let’s hope that this will be the straw that breaks Obama’s back and limits him to one term.
The Democrats have always been the party of tax and spend and this time will not be different.