In the legislative process, being attacked means you’re being effective. When your critics are mad at you, you know you’re doing something right. Attacks are a badge of honor, something to wear with pride.
This session more than any other, Democrats desperately demand higher taxes. Inslee is demanding $51.2 billion while the House and Senate Democrats’ demand costs $23.1 billion (http://ofm.wa.gov/tax/2017/2186SHB_fee_table.pdf).
Republican legislators unanimously oppose all the Democrats tax-hiking schemes. Not one Republican supports imposing a new income tax or raising business taxes.
So Inslee is mad at Republicans. And Democrats are mad at Republicans. And the media is mad at Republicans. And the tax-taking special interest groups are mad at Republicans. And the WEA-sponsored supreme court is mad at Republicans.
Good. Republicans being attacked means that Republicans must be acting like Republicans. And that’s what 2/3 of voters want — they support Republicans when Republicans are blocking Democrats’ tax increases.
Republicans like Mark Harmsworth and Dino Rossi and Steve O’Ban are trying to lower car tab taxes and reform Sound Transit. Democrats are mad at them for that. Good.
Republicans John Braun and Mark Schoesler won’t negotiate with House Democrats until the donkeys actually vote and pass their $23.1 billion tax package. Darn right! If they don’t pass their taxes, the revenue from those taxes isn’t real. They can’t spend money that doesn’t exist. What’s to discuss?
The Senate Majority Coalition Caucus is being attacked because they insist that any tax increases be put to a vote of the people. Hell ya! With $3 billion in revenue from our existing taxes, there’s absolutely no justification for raising taxes at all. But if there’s gonna be any, the Republicans believe the voters deserve a voice in that decision. Republicans are right to let the voters decide on tax hikes.
On Friday, Senate Republicans forced a floor vote on the Democrats’ capital gains income tax and increased business taxes — both bills were repudiated with 48-0 votes. It was a brilliant move by the Republicans because it illustrated the complete lack of legislative support for the House Democrats’ fantasy tax proposals.
Republican legislators must always remember that being attacked means that you’re doing your job and you’re doing it effectively.
We’ve proven at the ballot box that nearly 2/3 of voters oppose the Legislature raising taxes. Cut out the Seattle vote, and the anti-tax vote in swing districts is even higher. And even if voters supported increased taxes (they don’t), there’s no money left because of Sound Transit’s all-out $54 billion pig-out. Taxpayers are absolutely furious about sky-high taxes imposed by Sound Transit and will never accept even higher taxes out of Olympia this year.