Government’s insatiable tax appetite: it’s why we must continually fight back

by | May 18, 2016

 Our tax-reducing initiatives — the ones that lowered car tab taxes and the ones that limited property tax increases — have saved taxpayers $32.16 billion.

         $21 billion saved from lower car tab taxes and $11 billion saved from lower property taxes.  But those savings are what taxpayers directly saved.  Even more impactful is the message it sent to state and local politicians:  that the people are tax averse.  

         If not for our initiatives would that message be sent?  Sure, there would have been a message from Costco that liquor should be privatized and a message from the American Beverage Association that 2 cents on a can of pop was unacceptable.  But where would politicians have received the broad-based message from all the people that all tax and fee increases are questionable?  

        In 2012, Inslee won the governorship and Democrats won the House and Senate.  It was only the 1.9 million people who passed I-1185 — that’s more votes than any initiative received in state history — who illustrated the voters’ deep-seated skepticism about taxes and fees. 

        It was the voters’ passage of I-1185 in 2012 that Democrat Rodney Tom cited as his reason for forming the Majority Coalition Caucus in the state senate with the Republicans.  Would they have done so otherwise?  If not for the overwhelming 65% vote for I-1185, what was the evidence that voters didn’t want higher taxes?  Politicians only know what we tell them and ballot box messages are by far the most powerful.   

       It has been our tax initiatives — the ones we attempted and succeeded with and the ones we didn’t — that were holding back Olympia’s insatiable tax appetite.  Without them, taxpayers would be wallowing in higher taxes.  Washington would be a very different state if not for our efforts. 

       Having voters vote for the 6th time to make it tougher to raise taxes — the voters’ passage of last year’s I-1366, our boldest initiative so far — is a clear message that the voters’ views on taxes have only cemented themselves.  We are sick and tired of politicians’ relentless pursuit of higher taxes.  

        That’s why we’re so aggressively pursuing the un-election of the 58 Democrats who disrespected their constituents by refusing to join the unanimous Republicans in referring a 2/3-for-taxes constitutional amendment to a public vote.  They said NO to letting the people vote.  That means those 58 Democrats aren’t representatives of the people; instead the Democrats think of themselves as rulers over us.  That, to me, is an inescusable firing offense. 

        Here they are:

        We’re doing everything we can to unelect them.

        And Jack, Mike, and I are committed to protecting taxpayers with our follow-up initiatives “Tougher To Raise Taxes” and “Bring Back Our $30 Car Tabs.”  

        We are junk-yard dogs when it comes to this stuff.  So you can count on us to keep trying.   

         But whether we continue to succeed or not is up to you.  We will keep winning on behalf of taxpayers as long as your financial support continues.  Please make a donation today.  With your help and support, we have accomplished extraordinary things for the taxpayers of Washington.  Help us continue.