First, I hate taxes. They are a necessary evil. I generally support cutting taxes whenever we can.
The problem is, cutting taxes really means cutting spending. And our Republican Legislature just isn’t doing that.
Florida is having a budget crisis. There will be a special session to cut spending for the current fiscal year – the one that began last July 1st. They have to take $2.3 Billion back from the government agencies to whom the money was allocated during the last session last Spring.
Okay, that is tough. Tax revenue from current tax levels will be $2.3 Billion less than expected.
Maybe, for now, the mantra of cutting taxes should be put aside for one of “prioritizing spending”.
But Erin VanSickle, the more-than-capable spokeswoman for the Republican Party of Florida stuck to the party line, as posted on the Orlando Sentinel’s Central Florida Political Pulse article about Karen Thurman’s re-election:
“We congratulate Karen Thurman on her victory today, but we will not respond to the Florida Democrats’ divisive political rhetotic,” GOP spokeswoman Erin VanSickle said.
“Floridians are tired of the same old sniping, especially during the holiday season, which is why Republicans will instead focus on getting our economy back on track and cutting taxes for Florida’s families and businesses.”
The Republican Party needs to find a new mantra during these tough budgetary times.
It’s time to take the knife to entire government programs: follow the “less government” part of “less government, lower taxes, more freedom” line.
Here’s my new line: “We need to really ask if government should be doing X, Y, and Z. If not, let’s cut those programs entirely and focus their funds on important services such as education, public safety, and health care.”