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Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Memo to Panny Rhodes

Helping to elect Democrats does not help the Republican Party in any way, shape or form.

While this may seem obvious to most of us, apparently the "leadership" at Leadership for Virginia, a GOP PAC devoted to supporting higher taxes in the Commonwealth of Virginia, hasn't gotten the message.

Unfortunately, these pro-tax Republicans scored a minor triumph today with the election of Democrat Paula Miller to the House of Delegates seat recently vacated by Republican Thelma Drake. Drake was elected to the US Congress this year, largely on her support for low taxes.

LFV contributed $50,000 to Miller's campaign against Republican and tax-opponent Michael Ball. For some reason, The Virginian-Pilot considers increasing the number of Democrats in the House a "major victory for... the moderate wing of the Republican Party."

I've got a newsflash for the folks at LFV: Abandoning our core principles and supporting Democrats does NOT strengthen the Republican Party. By throwing down the gauntlet in the 87th District, LFV has signficantly raised the stakes in next year's General Assembly races. If they are going to spend money to support Democrats, then the anti-taxers have every incentive to find anti-tax challengers to the Renegade 17. At least that way, some of LFV's money will be soaked up.


Blogger Pastshelfdate said...

Taxes, as with many things, have "diminishing marginal returns." (You get less 'more' from one more.).

The same also goes for opposing taxes. Eventually, both pro- and anti-tax positions can be taken too far.

I could try putting a tollbooth on a lighthouse, or a GPS satellite; I'd go broke and people would be right to laugh at me.

There are things called public goods, such as sunrises and fireworks, where any number of people can enjoy them without interfering with each other, and can't be made to pay for access. Then there are things like roads, where restricting access is difficult at best, but they can get crowded. As with elevators, they're "imperfect public goods."

If we don't pay our own way for essential public services, government will have to borrow money, so instead of taxing people with the most money, will be paying to borrow money from those same people.

Please back off the extreme position where all taxes are bad. You couldn't have police and fire protection without them. Subscription fire protection was tired. All we have from that now are antique door markers.

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