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Tax-hiking wannabe Reaganites

Continuing the propaganda campaign to shove Gov. Brian “America’s Worst Governor” Sandoval’s (R&R-Advertising) Billion Dollar Tax Hike down our throats…

Liberal Republican State Sens. Moderate Mike Roberson, Ben “Blue Dog” Kieckhefer and Greg Brower inked a letter-to-the-editor which was published on Thursday in the Wall Street Journal defending Sandoval by maintaining that America’s Worst Governor only promised not to raise taxes the first time he ran in 2010, not when he ran for re-election in 2014.

They went on to compare themselves to Ronald Reagan, who as governor of California a dozen years before being elected president raised taxes.

Two quick points to counter this absurd defense: First, Sandoval broke his tax pledge in both 2011 and 2013 by extending the “sunsets” he promised he wouldn’t extend; a move supported by the Three Tax-hiking Amigos.  Secondly, neither did Sandoval campaign on jacking up taxes by a billion-plus dollars last year.

First the governor broke his word. Then he played hide the ball.  Both actions show an amazing level of disrespect for the citizens and taxpayers of Nevada.

As for comparing Sandoval and themselves to Reagan…oh, puh-lease.  That’s like comparing me to Mother Teresa!

The true Reaganites are those who embrace doctrine perhaps best articulated in his Farewell Address from the White House in January 1989…

“There’s a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: As government expands, liberty contracts.”

The conservative opposition to Sandoval’s Billion Dollar Tax Hike isn’t simply a reflexive “no” to raising taxes.  It’s a philosophical objection to the expansion of government that such a massive tax hike will enable.  As the Clintonistas said back in 1992, “It’s the spending, stupid.”