A recent tradition has arisen on the pages of the Washington Post. In order to counteract their continuing refusal to abandon reason on international affairs, they have routinely lambasted Republicans in Virgina. The addition of a local GOP endorsement led me to believe that the “balance” required would be massive.
Turns out that even the Post‘s need for balance couldn’t get the paper past Criegh Deeds’ massive tax-hike record.
Here’s what Rosalind Helderman had to say about the Senator from Give-the-taxpayer-a-Bath County:
For instance, since 2004, Deeds has supported five proposals that included some form of increase in the gas tax . . . One of those bills would have raised that tax by 5 cents a gallon over five years — it was proposed in 2008, when gas prices were rising. Another proposal from 2008 would have combined a boosted gas tax with a 25-cent increase in the sales tax and a 0.5 percent increase in the sales tax on cars.
Now, to be fair, Deeds states that the tax increases were for transportation (that was the part ellipsed out) – which would be more convincing if Deeds had called Mark Warner on the carpet for gutting the transportation budget in 2002, or if he (Deeds) had spoken up for the Republican plan to tie transportation funding to economic activity during last year and this.
Instead, he played the game Democrats play – fund everything else (including non-essentials) first, then demand a tax increase for transportation because it’s the spending Republicans are most likely to support.
The Democrats (Deeds especially) are pretty good at this game, but it’s a game nonetheless, and one that Virginians lost until it stops. At the end of the day, as Riley at VV states so well:
Let it ring out throughout the Commonwealth — Creigh Deeds is a tax hiker. He’s done it before and if history is any sort of guide, he would most certainly do it again. Especially in these tough economic times, Virginia can’t afford to have someone as reckless on taxes and spending as Deeds is as our Governor.