The tax charge cometh | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, April 20, 2006

The tax charge cometh

Posted By on Thu, Apr 20, 2006 at 12:42 PM

The North Pulaski Leader brings Ernie Dumas' four decades of coverage of the Capitol to bear in an editorial on the Republican Party's attack on Mike Beebe for voting for tax increases as a state senator. Dumas explains how the Republicans cooked the books (by their methods, you could say Asa Hutchinson cut taxes for billionaires by trillions while he was in Congress); they disingenuously tried to tar Beebe with a tax passed after he left the Senate at the Republican governor's urging and they failed to give him credit for leadership in an income tax reduction that WAS passed on his watch. The essential misleading nature of the attack was already apparent; Dumas provided chapter and verse. But there's a larger issue than the fact-checking of the GOP's serial B.S.

Which services funded by those taxes and endorsed by the Republican governor would the Republicans eliminate if Hutchinson is elected?

Here is the fatal weakness in the Republican election strategy nowadays. The party assumes that voters have only one concern about their government, which is how much it collects in taxes.

Greed does not motivate most people. They like low taxes and fair taxes even more (the party will not be enlisting in that fight), but that is not the sum or even the summit of their civic interests. Republicans make a mistake when they assume it to be so. What voters will insist upon, even when the legitimate subject is taxes, is that either party and any candidate be honest and straightforward and not take them all for saps.

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