Associated Press -- Dems challenge WA initiative curbing tax increases : "Rep. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle, one of the dozen House Democrats backing the lawsuit said he doesn't expect any broad tax increases if the measure is successful. But he argued that the Legislature needs the ability to at least repeal tax exemptions, such as one for banks."
Eyman responds: "Democrats have proven time and time again that they'll impose tax increases on the working class without the two-thirds requirement. In 2010, with mega-majority control of the House and Senate, the Democrats suspended Initiative 960 which gave them a carte blanche opportunity to raise any tax they thought worthy or repeal any tax exemption they thought unworthy. What didn't they do? They did not impose a state income tax on the wealthy or repeal tax exemptions on big banks or big oil. Who did they target during that "minus the 2/3" legislative session? The working class. They imposed taxes on soda pop, candy, beer, and cigarettes, all of which are disproportionately hurtful to the working class and the poor.
"So now, with the overwhelming defeat of I-1098's state income tax, why should anyone believe Seattle Democrats like Jamie Pedersen when they claim they won't impose broad-based general tax increases on the working class and the poor again without the two-thirds? No one should. Pro-tax-increase Democrats claim they're only interested in taxing the rich, but whenever they have the opportunity, they always pick on the working class and the poor. The fact is that Democrat politicians' lust for tax money outweighs their supposed commitment to social justice. They know that powerful corporations and labor unions can fight back against efforts to tax them, but the working class and the poor cannot. So their decision to sue the citizens over I-1053 should be viewed for what it is: an arrogant effort to clear the decks for massive tax increases on everyone, especially the working class and the poor."Posted by Tim Eyman at July 27, 2011 10:06 AM | Email This