Monday, June 4, 2007

Teddy on Taxes

I'll say this for Teddy's Truth (I prefer Teddy's Truthiness, but it's not my blog) - amidst the sludge aimed at us (BTW, Teddy, I'm a real person from Fredericksburg, not a "nameplate"), he does at least try to defend Emmett Hanger's tax hike votes. Scroll down a little from the blogart in Teddy's post and you get this explanation:
Hanger believes that a big part of being a Republican comes from understanding the importance of balancing the budget and in doing what is necessary to assure that core services are provided for.
Of course, this argument is hardly new; Andrew Clem tried a similar line earlier, and link Andy, Teddy sounds reasonable in the abstract. The trouble comes when actual recent budgetary history comes into play.

The fact is, when Governor Gilmore left office in January 2002, the biennial budget stood at $47 billion. The current biennial budget stands at $75 billion (Free Lance-Star), an increase of sixty percent over six years (three budget periods). The smallest budget increase, which came in Mark Warner's initial and "painful" budget, was still just shy of 10%.

In fact, the current budget is nearly $14 billion higher than the last one, a staggering increase of 22 percent.

So my question, to both Teddy and Andy (note to Andy: this is in response to your comment on my earlier post - a comment I must confess I did not notice until today) is this: Do you really believe funding "core services" required a 22 percent increase in the last two years? Do you believe it required a 60 percent increase over the last six?

If so, I simply can't take your claims to support limited government seriously.

Likewise, I can't take Emmett Hanger's claim seriously either.

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6 Comments:

Blogger Spank That Donkey said...

Certainly you are being unreasonable sir! Why if we can get the people to give us their $$, and then get some more $$ in tax hikes..

Who cares what the actual budget # is? Finders, Keepers, Losers, Weepers...

All these, Facts annd figures you trot out are just confusing to the people.

(tongue firmly planted in cheek)

June 4, 2007 at 1:51 PM  
Blogger Teddy Roosevelt said...

DJ who?

I didn't know Fredericksburg had been annexed by the 24th District. I'm glad someone who doesn't even know Emmett Hanger can come to our valley and try to tell us who we should support as our Senator.

Nevertheless, I wrote a special tax message just for you on Teddy's Truth.

Grover Norquist and the rest of you wannabes had better step up your game. I still keep hearing the same broken "NO TAX" record.

June 5, 2007 at 12:03 AM  
Blogger JohnMaxfield said...

Do you even know Emmett? Who are you? I assume you're a Republican, perhaps you should join the SRC...speaking as Secretary, you might be helpful...

June 5, 2007 at 2:40 PM  
Blogger JohnMaxfield said...

...you know, to bring conservative diversity...

June 5, 2007 at 2:40 PM  
Blogger Spank That Donkey said...

Teddy, the only thing we hear out of you is the same old 'everyone is a liar except me', broken record.

June 5, 2007 at 11:01 PM  
Blogger JohnMaxfield said...

...Like most Democrats we know...oh yea, and RINOs

June 6, 2007 at 7:42 AM  

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