Democratic House and Senate leaders say they feel betrayed that Republican Gov. Linda Lingle, after promising to work with them, is now threatening to veto any tax increases.This is the scene playing out across the country. Republicans (with some minor exceptions) not wanting to raise taxes...Democrats wanting to hit the taxpayer with a two by four across the forehead.
"When we met with her, she said everything was on the table, and now she says, 'No new taxes,'" said Sen. Donna Kim (D, Halawa-Kalihi Valley).
The governor defended her change in position.
"I remain committed to balancing the budget without raising taxes or laying off employees. Either of these actions would further weaken our economy," Lingle said.
WHERE IN THE HELL IS THE LEADERSHIP IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY???!!!???? GET YOUR SANCTIMONIUS FACADES ON TELEVISION AND INFORM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OF THIS SCENARIO!!!
It will do two things:
1. The Democrats will again and rightfully be associated with tax and spend legislation.
2. Some Democrats in shakey districts will be forced back into a more taxpayer friendly position.