Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Question of the Day

All across Democrat Delaware tax, fee, and fine hikes are in vogue, like gangbusters.

The government spending binge of the last 10 years, wherein the Democrat party has swamped Delaware with bloated patronage, far exceeded both the economic and income growth of the citizenry, easily by a multiple of 2 or even 3, in the case of Wilmington government.

Now that economic growth has ceased, the only real solution proffered from Delaware's monopolist political party is to bleed even more from the productive economy to continue servicing the unsustainable aggregate of government expansion with which the last 10 years has left us.

So, this means, in many cases, higher tax rates all around.

The question is : should we see economic prosperity return in the near future, despite the unbalanced load of government weighing more heavily on it than in Delaware's history, who thinks we will see all these tax increases rolled back as a lot more money begins rolling in from the higher tax rates when times are good?

Who thinks rates will stay high and these governments will simply embark on another round of bloated expansionism and unfettered excess?

22 comments:

Hube said...

Oh, but c'mon Tyler! The DE lefty bloggers met with Markell the other day so everything will be A-OK!!

/sarcasm

Tyler Nixon said...

Quite obviously he was looking for a diversity of opinions and ideas.

"Raise taxes. Spend more!"

"No! No! No! Raise more taxes! Spend more than more!"

"Oh no, you're both wrong. Raise new more taxes and raise all taxes more! Spend even more than those rich bastards can imagine! No offense, Jack!"

Jack : "Now that's what I call investing in our future!"

Thank the Lord Jesus and the Blessed Mother that we have a balanced budget mandate in this state.

downwithabsolutes said...

I'll have you know the DE Lefty bloggers didn't meet Markell "the other day." We just met him this morning!! ;-)

Also, Smitty showed up and an invite was extended to Steve Newton, who wasn't able to attend. I didn't do the invites. Had I then I would have invited a whole slew of people. Unfortunately, the meeting was only 45 minutes. Hopefully Jack will have more in the future.

Hube said...

Oh, this morning? How convenient a time? Maybe he thought we were out of work so we could attend?? LOL!

Yeah, but Mike -- really. Tyler's point is that the Dems have been in control of DE effectively for over a decade now. Markell was PART of it. You guys voted for him.

But we're supposed to expect something different?

I'm sure you'd be thinking that had Cheney run last year and HE won the presidency, right?

Hube said...

(And BTW, that wasn't meant as a personal swipe at anyone -- just really ... how convenient a time is the freakin' morning during the week??)

downwithabsolutes said...

Hube,

This was a dry-run for what will hopefully be more of these. It was an impromptu meeting that was called just several days ago. I understand what you're saying and I agree. Just because the meeting was held in the AM doesn't mean there won't be evening opportunities in the future. Markell generally has loads of meetings at night, as well, so I'm sure this wouldn't be out of the question.

The bitching here seems to be more directed because a bunch of DL'ers (who I haven't been the most receptive to these days) happened to show up over anything. I'm discriminating enough of them, but I'm not so dense that I don't realize that their blog is perhaps one of the most highly-trafficked in the state and that there are those who are interested in what they have to say. I'm not going to sleight Markell for reaching out to them, me, Garrett, Newton, and Smitty.

I'm sure more of these will occur, but starting in Sussex perhaps wouldn't be a good idea if only because there's such a bigger well of bloggers in NCC.

And, no, I wouldn't be bitching about Cheney holding meetings because, quite frankly, we weren't energy-industry honchos attempting to draft energy policy. We were a bunch of bloggers (mostly Lefties) who asked some tough questions of the governor. And he handled himself well. I'm wishing Steve Newton would have showed up because, obviously, this wouldn't be nearly as much of an issue here and elsewhere had he been there. Invitations were extended (not by me, BTW). There will be more invites, I'm sure.

downwithabsolutes said...

Final paragraph should start: "I wouldn't be bitching about Cheney holding meetings LIKE THIS." Cheney's meetings (if they're the ones I think you're referring to) were with energy-industry folks who helped caused the California/Enron debacle in 2001. This little gathering at a public place (Panera Bread) is hardly on the same level as that.

Tyler Nixon said...

Sheesh, Mike. So sensitive.

Tyler Nixon said...

Are you feeling used?

Hube said...

Mike: You totally missed the point about Cheney. But that's OK. I know you're a Markell guy.

downwithabsolutes said...

Tyler,

I would hardly call it sensitivity, but after reading some of Maria Evans' ridiculousness spewed across DL, I just feel the need to defend this meeting.

Should we have invited you? I think so.

downwithabsolutes said...

Hube,

What was the point? Would I care if Cheney had media meetings with National Review, Fox News and Free Republic? No, because I don't really care. I'm just trying to get across that there weren't just lefties/DL-ers invited to this thing.

Steve Newton said...

Mike
I didn't "show up" or even reply to the invite because I only found it in my spam filter this morning. Rick Selander apparently sent it last Friday and I am not sure how it ended up there. I could not have come due to a class, but I would have then sent the invite to Tyler in my place.

But I give full marks for the invite, and have written Rick to apologize for not responding.

Tyler, I also am asking to put you on the invite list.

downwithabsolutes said...

Tyler, I should modify my previous comment. I wasn't in charge of invites, so it should read: "Should THEY have invited you."

Hube said...

Mike: Yeah, but Mike -- really. Tyler's point is that the Dems have been in control of DE effectively for over a decade now. Markell was PART of it. You guys voted for him.

But we're supposed to expect something different?


You think that b/c Markell met with some freakin' bloggers that we're actually going to see some CHANGE??

downwithabsolutes said...

Here's the problem as I see it over on DL: Maria is now making sweeping generalizations and calling into question the motive of Gov. Markell and his staff. I think it's far too soon to do that. That's what I think is really ridiculous here. Her gnat-like comments are grating at this point.

downwithabsolutes said...

You think that b/c Markell met with some freakin' bloggers that we're actually going to see some CHANGE??

Of COURSE not. I don't think this meeting was called to enact change. WHAT gave you that idea, Hube? I don't think ANY of us went in there thinking this was going to CHANGE anything. Geez...we just had some questions we wanted answered and that's how it went. Honestly, I don't think any of us believes the ideas or questions we have have any really gravity for "CHANGE" in Delaware.

Tyler Nixon said...

LOL. I love seeing a thread go all apeshit like this, even if just among friends.

Zoolander knew where he could reach me. Fuck him! Fuck everybody!!

Tyler Nixon said...

[That last comment was total snark, btw, in case ya hadn't noticed.]

downwithabsolutes said...

This is pretty fun...

Shirley Vandever said...

LOL, DWA, I'm wondering if you gave the Gov your insight from last night's public meeting:

706 pm: If I could sum up this hearing in one sentence: “Markell is fucked.” That’s just my pithy summation based on five comments thus far.

I'll wait for your summary to find out :)))))

downwithabsolutes said...

I didn't put it quite like that this morning, but he did make it known that he read my post from last night. He said it with a smile.