Republicans should defy – not comply – with Democrats

By E.W. Jackson, candidate for lieutenant governor of Virginia

At a time when our economy is anemic at best Governor McDonnell and the General Assembly have passed HB 2313 which is perhaps the largest tax hike in Virginia history.

The Transportation funding plan which is part of this bill, was first sold as a shift from the static gasoline tax to a broader and “fairer” sales taxes. A tax by any other name is still the same. Whenever legislators start talking about fairness in taxation, hold on to your wallets. It is still a net increase of taxes, fees and even creates additional regional taxes.

Worse than the tax increases is the creation of transportation authorities that are “independent of any state or local entity, including the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB).” Therefore, to the insult of tax increases, we are slapped with the injury of regional taxing authorities run by unelected officials. The people of Virginia said no to that bad idea years ago.

I will never understand how Republicans convinced themselves to vote for this boondoggle. Why they think tax payers will let them get away with it is yet another mystery. Democrats, as usual, have been allowed to finagle their way into the driver’s seat. They threatened to vote against the transportation bill unless Republicans went along with Medicaid Expansion that adds 300,000 to the Medicaid rolls with the federal government only paying part of the bill.

The icing on the cake of this orgy of taxing and spending is HB1769 which facilitates implementation of Obamacare by establishing “health benefit exchanges.” This gives us a legislative trifecta, a triple loss for the citizens of Virginia. With the help of Republicans, big government, higher taxes, and tax and spend liberals won the Triple Crown.

Conservative Republicans, Tea Party activists and many independents all over the Commonwealth are disappointed and angry. They expected a Republican Governor, House Majority and a Republican controlled Senate would prevent this kind of fiscal profligacy. Sadly, what we have here is a lack of bold, conservative leadership.

The Speaker is said to have encouraged Republican House members by telling them that no one has lost re-election after voting for bills like this. It is politically foolish to take comfort in such reassurances. At some point, the patience of the electorate does run out. With the Obama administration strangling our freedom for four years and showing no signs of relenting, state elected officials who comply rather than defy will likely pay a very heavy price. If I were a wagering man, I would place my bet on the people rising up rather than politicians skating by.

E.W. Jackson, founder of S.T.A.N.D., is a resident of Chesapeake who served in the United States Marine Corps, graduated from Harvard Law School and studied at Harvard Divinity School.

  • Manny

    Still undecided whether this lot of spineless pukes is worth a trip down to Richmond for the convention, but if I do attend, I’ll be voting for you Mr. Jackson.

  • MD Russ

    Sorry, E.W., but the people of Virginia did not say no to regional taxing authorities run by unelected officials. They authorized that taxing power through their elected spineless pukes, uh, I mean elected representatives. It was the Virginia Supreme Court who ruled it unconstitutional and said no. Try to keep up.

    • It’s OK for him to be totally wrong on a pretty important fact because his main points rhyme.

    • pinecone321

      I thought that when a Republican was going to run for the presidency, they try hard to solidify their conservative bona fides. When the stage fills, they seem to all run to the claim as the most conservative. When the nom. is chosen, then they run to the middle. Even Romney, who was not a conservative, tried to portray himself as a conservative in the primaries. Why would someone who calls himself a conservative, start out in the moderate position? He cannot escape being known as the biggest tax hiker in the states history.

  • pinecone321

    Someone promised McDonnell something in exchange for his support for the compromise. I am very doubtful that McDonnell even has a 2016 run on his mind. We shall see where he goes when his GOV seat is done. He is going somewhere and doing something other than getting into the presidential race. McDonnell knew when he did what he did he had slim to no chance of any presidential run. He was promised something from someone.

  • If only it were true that members will pay the price. Reality is 40% run for reelection unopposed. Your party is complicit in that. I ask you sir, are you out recruiting for others to run while you are traversing the state? Seems like a perfect time to call for ALL incumbents to be challenged.

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