Apparently the Michigan GOP house has Republicans who want to keep higher taxes and higher spending.
Sometimes you gotta just wonder why, when given the chance, some Republican lawmakers refused to consider the amount collected from the working class as too high. Especially given they operate under the banner which says:
I BELIEVE government must practice fiscal responsibility and allow individuals to keep more of the money they earn.
By golly, that seems simple enough.
This is truly “the money they earn.” Oh yeah, I suppose the “fiscal responsibility” component of that oft ignored screed might well provide an ‘out’ for any ausgespielt fiscal-moral compass by a GOP type, but its not as-if the state budget is going down, right?
The following HOUSE REPUBLICANS may be using the excuse that they wanted to see cuts in spending first, but given the insignificant amount of taxes being reduced upfront, doesn’t that itself reveal the expectation that they will not?
Last evening Ray Franz, the former state rep called and asked why conservatives weren’t on board with HB4001, reducing that tax to 3.9% and then dropping a little till we are dead.
The bill is simple enough to understand,, but as I told him, folks are having a hard time trusting Lansing’s political class.
He got an earful. 6 years with GOP control of everything. We have budgets that are $8 billion more, raised fuel taxes, gave taxpayer money to a failing school district, paid off Detroit debt, advanced progressive social goals with medicaid (welfare medical) funding, gave away our insurer of last resort, and an income tax decrease of a pittance is supposed to make it all better?
But when it comes down to it, should we really have to say anything?
Platform matters. Its what makes a party believable. But as I pointed out to the former legislator, too much has been done in the solidly GOP controlled years, that many of us didn’t engage because hitching our wagon to the GOP has found us more than disappointed too often.
Ray voted against the platform many times. Even one time bemoaning the fact that he did on Facebook.
This time, we even have a GOP misfit crying about staying late to do the people’s work. See image to the right.
Sorry you weren’t able to tuck your pet gerbil in last night Dave.