I read with interest the articles in the papers yesterday reporting on Governor Snyder (RINO-MI) and his assertion that the driving public is clamoring for his new 1.2 Billion dollar gas tax hike.
Well Gov. Snyder, here is at least one Michigan voter who is most emphatically NOT clamoring for your latest tax increase. You have consistently hiked taxes and fees on all kinds of things over the last four years, but you haven't done one thing to decrease the size and scope of state government over those four years. More agencies, more projects, the bridge to nowhere, on and on the list goes. Big Government Rick has never seen a state program he didn't want to expand.
Now, before my readers think I am a complete left-wing loon (which would be silly since left-wing loons *like* big government) I am not going to launch into some anti-capitalist, anti-business screed criticizing his business tax cuts. That was necessary and needed to be done, and all you hand-wringers out there who think it unfair need to understand what the real engine of the economy is, and it isn't an ever-expanding government full of social programs.
I do, however, expect the Governor to understand (and not violate) basic laws of economics, one of which is "you can't tax your way to prosperity". He seems to have not gotten the memo on that one.
Look, I'm as frustrated by the state of Michigan roads as the next guy, but laying another tax hike on the backs of already stretched Michiganders is not the way to fix the problem. If you want to re-allocate how some tax monies are distributed - go for it. Certainly downsize departments and stop or delay non-imperative projects within those departments and redirect that money toward roads. There are a host of things you could do without raising taxes one penny, and you have majorities in both houses to get it implemented.
Yes, you would have all kinds of special interests whining and complaining about how the world would end if we don't build that bike trail from Iron Mountain to Escanaba, but don't you think it would be a real feather in your cap if you could say at the end of the day that you got those billions of dollars to fix the roads without raising taxes? If you do indeed have aspirations to national office, that would be a huge card to play, wouldn't it?