the proverbial wolf that continues to lick the knife blade because it
enjoys the taste of its own blood, the Democrats are back with another
huge tax increase.
At a time when the state’s economy and taxpayers are still staggering
under the burden of last year’s $12.6 billion tax increase, Democrats
are pushing a plan to raise taxes by yet another $5 billion and to
borrow an additional $8.7 billion.
Among the proposals are extensions of the increases in the sales,
income and car tax that were approved last year by the usual suspects,
but were due to expire after two years. This goes to prove the adage
that there is nothing so permanent as the temporary. In a recent
column, Joel Fox, the president of the Small Business Action
Committee, provided a number of excellent examples of "temporary"
taxes that seem never to disappear. Among those is the federal
telephone tax established to pay for the Spanish American War, which
remained in place for 108 years after the war ended.