Rendell, PA Democrats Looking to Raise Taxes

By Caomhin

Shocking, I know.  Once again, our oblivious Governor is seeking to put Pennsylvania further in the red by proposing an ever larger spending package and the Pennsylvania Democrats are not being shy about how they want to fund it.  They want to raise our personal income taxes.

Democrats, both at the state and national level, seemingly have no concept of what budgeting means.  Nor they understand the seriousness of the current economic situation, and how could they with the media currently covering Obama’s flank by painting the economic picture as somehow being  rosy, even as unemployment skyrockets to near 10%.  Recall a previous post about how Obama had set his bar so low, at that 10% number, that the media will paint his policies as success if unemployment does not exceed this shockingly high number as a success for him.  Recall, too, how when unemployment had grown to nearly 5% under President George W. Bush how terrible the media made this out to be.  It is unfathomable that the media would so obviously employ this double standard and bias.  Yet, here we are.

Back to the task at hand.  The economic health of the Commonwealth was very strong under Governor Ridge, only to have Ed Rendell pile-drive the state into economic hardship and budget difficulties.  Knowing what we know about the current state of the economy, Democrats now propose ever growing government spending programs to help “stimulate” the economy.  So what was the excuse of expanding government spending in every other year?  Democrats will always and forever want to grow the size of the government  and intrude on your everyday life.  They will never seek to downsize the government or cope with the realities of the real world.

Knowing full well that unemployment can and sadly, will continue to rise, the projections are being made with the unemployment rates holding steady, with no way of knowing how many more people may lose their jobs or what the income range of each person affected will be.  The only sure thing that can be counted on is that tax revenues will continue to fall no matter what the government does, and we can not and should not expect to take money from Federal taxes to pay for the incompetence and ignorance of Ed Rendell and Pennsylvania Democrats.  They have been an absolute train wreck on our state and we are paying the price for it.

Slashing the government budget and lower taxes will attract jobs and talented individuals to Pennsylvania.  How, do you ask, would this happen?  Simply, as other states, including Maryland and New York continue to raise taxes, people can and will move to jurisdictions with lower tax rates.  Maryland knows this well as their “millionaire” tax has resulted in lower revenues as those affected have simply moved out of the state, and we’re starting to see that in New York.  Businesses set up in areas where they are in an environment that allows for profits.

Defying all logic and  common sense, the Governor and state Democrats are committed to growing our deficits and imposing their will on those of us still fortunate enough to be employed.  For many years Pennsylvania has been a victim of a “brain drain,” as some call it, as we see those who graduate from the great educational institutions in Pennsylvania, leave the state immediately after graduation for bigger and better futures.  This doesn’t and should not be the case.  The government should not be an impediment to a better future and no individual in the Commonwealth is reassured or happy to hear about our government drawing up budgets it knows it can’t afford and then threatens our citizens thusly,:

“Practically speaking, some sort of increase in the personal income tax is the best way to solve this crisis,”

Yes, that is truly how the Democrats think.  Massive cuts or preparing a budget that meets the amount of money that is available cannot possibly fix anything, right?  So how did we get into this “crisis”?  By Democrats and Ed Rendell spending money that we don’t have on things we don’t need.  How do they propose to fix it?  By doing exactly the same thing, which just continues the downward spiral, and  we’re left to pick up the tab and clean up the mess that they have created.

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