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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Republicans blast partisan politics as they play them

Posted By on Thu, Feb 17, 2011 at 3:09 PM

I just got my daily newsletter from the Arkansas Republican Party repeating the daily theme that Democrats are playing partisan politics at the legislature.

Follow this closely now: Some Democrats voted AGAINST a procedural delay and in the majority FOR a Republican-sponsored bill to cut the capital gains tax for rich people. Support was virtually unanimous for utility tax cuts for manufacturers and for income tax cuts for poor heads of household. The latter two bills were claimed as Republican triumphs, with Democratic sponsors omitted from the recitation. In the words of the letter:

Shameful, partisan politics are emerging in the Arkansas Legislature with Democrats using “good ole boy” tricks and tactics to deliberately obstruct good policy.

It was NOT partisan politics, however, that the jackboot Republicans voted in goosestepping unanimous lockstep. Dissent is not tolerated by Republicans and derided as partisanship when it appears. This is the national game being played out at the local level. Will the media and voters buy it? Will all Republican initiatives carry the imprimatur of good government — no matter how bad and nonsensical — and all opposition be tricks and partisanship? We shall see. You may be sure when Republicans vote in unanimous lockstep against legislation passed by Gov. Mike Beebe that no GOP newsletter will call it partisanship. No, then it will be the majority Democrats who are partisan. Wait and see.

THE REPUBLICAN LETTER

Dear Conservative Leader,

Shameful, partisan politics are emerging in the Arkansas Legislature with Democrats using “good ole boy” tricks and tactics to deliberately obstruct good policy. On Wednesday, House Republicans voted unanimously for lower taxes and job growth despite facing opposition from some Democrats who attempted to stall two Republican-sponsored tax cut bills in the procedural process leading up to the vote.

Partisan politics isn’t how you vote; it’s how you conduct business, how you attempt to deceive the public when Republicans are working for transparency in government.

Despite opposition, House conservatives stood together and passed three tax cut measures, which are now headed to the Arkansas State Senate for consideration:

Rep. Lane Jean’s House Bill 1052, to decrease the sales and use tax on natural gas and electricity used by manufacturers.
Rep Ed Garner’s House Bill 1002, to create the Arkansas Capital Gains Reduction Act of 2011.
House Bill 1056, to provide income tax relief to head of household taxpayers with two or more dependents!
Contact a Republican State Representative and thank them for working hard to move Arkansas forward!

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