I noticed the DCTimes editorial about Bob McDonnell not taking the tax pledge, and subsequent faux-outrage on NLS over this. Look, I understand that there was some push back on McDonnell over the regional tax bill (which this blogger supported, too). But do Democrats really want to get into a debate over who's better on keeping taxes low between Bob McDonnell and Creigh Deeds? The thing that makes Deeds a much worse candidate than Warner and Kaine in the past is he has a deep political record of ten years worth of votes in the General Assembly while the other two were comparative blank slates. The other thing about the regional tax bill that shows us is the difference between McDonnell and Deeds on taking on the issues facing Northern Virginia head on. I remember a couple months ago a friend of mind pointing out to me when we were discussing the merits of McDonnell versus Bolling that despite the regional tax failure, it was Bob McDonnell who stuck his neck out and tried to find a solution of transportation funding. I know Rural Courthouse Senator Creigh Deeds wasn't around. He knows as much about the suburbs and our needs as I know about raising a donkey. When it came time to find and/or manufacture money for Northern Virginia roads, Bob MCDonnell stepped up to fight for us and Creigh Deeds sat silently on the back bench. It obviously didn't work out, but I think voters in the suburbs will recognize who fought for them and who is out of touch and has no idea what issues face our region.
Well, as a practical person, I think actions say a lot about a person.
Specifically, when I see that one gubernatorial candidate has voted over 50 times to cut taxes in his career and another candidate voted for the largest tax increase in Virginia history, wanted to impose a 120% increase in the gas tax during a recession, voted for higher cigraette taxes, et al., I think it’s pretty clear to me as to who I can count on to keep my taxes low.
When I see one lieutenant gubernatorial candidate was so off with her state revenue projections that it generated a billion dollar budget deficit, despite repeated warnings from the other lieutenant governor candidate, it’s pretty clear to me who has a better understanding of the state’s financial picture.
When I see one attorney general candidate who’s voting track record has tacked further and further to the left with every re-election and the other’s remain consistently pro-taxpayer, pro-business, and pro-family, it’s pretty clear to me who I can count on to effectively run one of the state’s largest law firms.