January 16, 2013

"Republocrats and Demicans?" Think Again...

Hatched by Dafydd

Let's play Compare and Contrast.

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick -- Democrat:

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick on Monday laid tax and fee increases and new taxes on the table, including more than doubling the state's gas tax.

He's seeking more than $1 billion a year in new revenue to fund projects designed to fund public transit and highway operations, reduce MBTA debt and borrow money to double infrastructure spending. Beacon Hill leaders reportedly signaled agreement....

According to Boston.com, Patrick listed possible revenue sources including:

  • Raising the gas tax from 21 cents to 51 cents per gallon
  • Raising the sales tax from 6.25 percent to 7.75 percent
  • Raising the state income tax to 5.66 percent from 5.25 percent
  • Levying a vehicle miles-traveled tax at 2.4 cents per mile
  • New, emissions-based vehicle title and registration fees could raise $175 million
  • A payroll tax on workers in regions with transit service could raise $140 million to $207 million


Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman -- Republican:

Nebraska Governor on Tuesday became the second Republican governor in the last week to propose ending his state's income tax, saying he wants to make Nebraska more competitive with its neighbors by eliminating the tax on both individuals and corporations.

Heineman said that if a complete elimination of the two taxes could not be passed, he would push to lower rates on both individuals and corporations. He promised to make up the lost revenue by reducing business exemptions to the sales tax.

Last week, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal said he wanted to eliminate all personal and corporate income taxes in his state. Louisiana's personal income tax rate is 3.9 percent....

Other states in the country's midsection, including Oklahoma and Kansas, have also recently considered lowering taxes.


Np need to vote; the major parties are indistinguishable! No difference. May as well just sit out the next election, as so many did the last one.

To paraphrase M. Twain, there is something fascinating about reductionism and political levelism. One gets such wholesale returns of fatalism out of such a trifling investment of ignorance.

Hatched by Dafydd on this day, January 16, 2013, at the time of 2:58 PM


The following hissed in response by: snochasr

A statistical study of the voting records of my state legislature confirms that the "worst" Republican (on tax and spend issues) is better than the "best" Democrat. I suspect your legislature is similar.

The above hissed in response by: snochasr [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 19, 2013 5:39 AM

The following hissed in response by: Eris Guy

No need to vote; the major parties are indistinguishable!

If either Jindal or Heineman succeeds, and if either runs, I will vote for him. Because he will have a record worth voting for on which to stand. Unlike “I invented Obamacare” Romney.

The above hissed in response by: Eris Guy [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 25, 2013 2:35 AM

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