Friday, April 15, 2011
Republican proposals are insufficient to the current task, but are the best possible until 2013. At least, however, they address the debt. Obama's ideas would slightly cut the deficit, but allow the debt to continue to grow. But the speech revealed Democratic Party plans for next year. All out class warfare. If you make over $250,000 per year and you feel like you already pay enough taxes, prepare to be vilified as unpatriotic. This will happen even if it is your business that grosses over that much and your net is far, far less.
The West Virginia gubernatorial election could be a bell cow for next year's national races. It will not be if Earl Ray Tomblin wins the Democratic nomination, since he is already campaigning on the idea of lower taxes. He and the GOP choice will disagree on degrees of difference more so than basic principles. If one of the others wins the nomination, they may try to ride the coattails of the emerging class warfare strategy, even while distancing themselves from the extremely unpopular president, and it could get rough by next fall. That all being said, as the Democratic Party moves farther left while failing to address basic economic concerns, they risk losing West Virginia to the Republican column in state elections as well as registrations. West Virginia's race will most likely be more civil, but expect an attempted bloodletting at the national level. Hopefully it will be the last gasp of the radical Left. A loss by them in 2012 will convince the party men and women that moderate is better.
By the way, happy tax day.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
I only met Sally Burnside, the former city councilwoman, a few times. She always struck me as a woman who cared very much and worked very hard for the people of Keyser. Sally believed that her city had a bright future and did what she could in and out of the council chamber to advance it. Any time that I ever had a concern, Sally was always available to answer questions and try to help. And she was not done, either. She told me when she retired that she intended to stay connected with Republican politics and continue to work for the betterment of the area. Her experience and enthusiasm will be sorely missed.
You might not have known Savyla. She was a wonderful Keyser High School senior who was a friend of my daughter and her boyfriend. Even though Savyla was only in high school, she earnestly believed that her efforts could help make her community a better place. She worked hard to help build up Christian youth groups, organize trips to events, and assist local pastors in spreading the Gospel. If the dictionary had a picture of "Good Christian," it would be Savyla. She believed with her full heart that Jesus Christ had the answers to the questions that afflicted this area. Her funeral at First Baptist was the first event, so its preacher said, that had ever filled up that church. Keyser lost two of its best in the past week. Their families need everyone's prayers.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
Transparency has come up on the state level as well. Delegate Rick Snuffer, a former Republican candidate for Congress, has blasted Acting Governor Tomblin and the State Legislature. State law allows only 1% of the $11.4 billion budget to be unassigned or unclassified. This year's budget leaves nealy a third of the budget unassigned, almost 3,000% above and beyong the specifications of the law.It would be one thing if the state had to list at some point how the unassigned funds were paid out. Snuffer states that over a billion dollars in some years get paid out without knowledge of the money's destination.
This is an issue where Snuffer should get the backing of Tennant and other Democratic contenders for the office of governor. With a third of the budget unassigned, Tomblin could conceivably steer funds in directions that could benefit his campaign. It leaves a good impression when the governor shows up in person with a few thousand dollars for your town's senior center. I'm not saying he'll do it, but the situation leaves too much temptation.
Here is a link to the budget votes. You can probably tell that it was almost entirely party line, Democrats in favor and Republicans against. It's obvious that Republicans and some responsible Democrats are continuing to campaign for transparency in government. And we, as taxpayers, always deserve to know.We should congratulate the Legislature for taking some baby steps towards making the state economy more friendly to taxpayers and business. The food tax dropped to 2% and the corporate franchise income tax was lowered as well. These are baby steps though, and fall well short of the drastic reforms needed to make West Virginia business friendly.