If AZ Republicans can talk about tax hikes . . .
by David Safier
Our accidental Gov said she's considering a billion dollars worth of tax hikes. A few other Republicans are actually nodding their heads in reluctant agreement. So far as I know, angry mobs have not stormed the Capitol with torches and pitchforks demanding the Governor's head — though some Republican legislators sound pretty pissed.
According to the Capitol Times' Yellow Sheet, Arizonans aren't anti tax these days.
According to one source, the polling on the tax increase question shows strong support, especially when the issue is framed as supporting education – and full-day K, in particular, was reportedly polling above 75% positive.
75% is a very impressive number. It's almost like, a party could run on the idea of increasing taxes for education and win.
Hmmm. A party could run on the idea of increasing taxes for education. And win.
Maybe I've missed something. Where are the Democrats on the tax issue? Hiding behind a saguaro, watching and waiting to make sure it's safe to say, "Maybe we could consider a teeny weeny little tax hike, if it's OK with you"?
If the Dems want to win some local and statewide races in 2010, they'd better get ahead of the curve and lead on this issue, not play it safe and reveal themselves to be cowards.
I know it's tough to say you think we need more taxes. It makes you look . . . I don't know . . . Progressive. Liberal. But it's not 2004 anymore. The world is a different place than it was when Kerry was running for President. The progressive/liberal perspective is overtaking the conservative way of viewing the world. Even Brewer has seen the writing on the wall and knows she's got to seem open to tax hikes if she has any hope of winning in 2010.
Arizona is ready. Is the Democratic Party?
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