Monday, June 12, 2006

Chet Culver: a friend to government oversight

Chet’s all over the state coming up with ideas…some that sound like they came out of the Nussle/Vander Plaats campaign.

I suppose when the other guy is running contrast ads that suggest Des Moines/Polk County nurtures corrupt state government, and you just happen to be a statewide elected official from Polk County, it makes sense to be on record in favor of audits and oversight. Reported by Quad Cities Times:

… “I want an audit of every agency in state government,” he said. “I think we can save 5 percent of Iowa’s budget, or about $250 million.” He added that much of the cost savings will be through better use of technology.

Revenues already are up in Iowa thanks to Gov. Tom Vilsack, he added. But he also said the state could generate between $150 million and $200 million by raising the cigarette tax. …

A Democrat interested in cutting government and government spending is not credible (okay, maybe Ed would have been credible on this point). The Democratic Party faithful are made up groups that exist because government pays for it. Look at the public employment union endorsements (AFSCME & ISEA) over the last few election cycles. Can anyone find more than a few Republicans?

Peggy Noonan, our retro conservative WSJ columnist, put it this way:

Democrats use complexity as a thing to hide behind when they talk about taxes. Republicans can say, and can mean, "I hate taxes and will cut them." Democrats can't say that, because they don't hate taxes and in fact will raise them. Though they will not say it. They will say, "Tax cuts on the top 10% of income earners are nonprogressive and unhelpful, and I will cut their tax cut, or hike their taxes, and in turn make commensurate cuts on the taxes of the most deserving lower income taxpayers, though not in a way that will negatively impact the deficit."

When voters hear this they know exactly what it means: We will raise taxes.


BTW -- Do you think that Chet Culver will stop at a tobacco tax increase?

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