It’s a Trap: “I voted to repeal that Indexed Gas Tax” edition

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It's a Trap: "I voted to repeal that Indexed Gas Tax" edition

Yes­ter­day I led with the Index­ing of the Gas Tax that is included in this years bud­get bill.

It’s the worst of all pos­si­ble taxes because it will auto­mat­i­cally go up every sin­gle year with­out the neces­sity of a sin­gle vote by a mem­ber of our 82% Demo­c­rat legislature.

We get one chance to stop the index­ing of gas tax increases for­ever, just one because if this bud­get is passed with the indexed tax it will not only never be repealed but it will be used as a polit­i­cal tool for years to come…by Democrats!

Here’s how it works: Lets say this bill passes and next year by some mir­a­cle voter anger in Mass­a­chu­setts over the tax boils over to the point where peo­ple actu­ally con­sider to vot­ing mem­bers out of office who sup­ported it.

Thanks to the out­cry a vote to repeal comes to the floor and nat­u­rally all 32 GOP House mem­bers vote to get rid of this law.

That still leaves them 49 votes shy of a majority.

So what do Demo­c­rat party lead­ers do? They iden­tify the mem­bers out of the remain­ing 128 who are actu­ally in dan­ger of los­ing seats know­ing they can free a full 36% to vote for repeal. Sud­denly 20, 30 even 40 democ­rats announce they’ve had a change of heart, they talk about how it was a bad idea and go on TV and radio promis­ing to vote for repeal. They man­age to get their totals all the way up to 47 democ­rats and the roll call vote takes place on the house with 47 democ­rats join­ing the 32 house repub­li­cans to junk this odi­ous tax…

…and repeal fails 8179.

But lets say some­how, by some mir­a­cle the vot­ers are actu­ally aroused the speaker, wor­ried not only about his pend­ing indict­ment (No demo­c­rat is allowed to be speaker of the Mass­a­chu­setts House with­out a pend­ing indict­ment) actu­ally fears the GOP might have a 501 shot of get­ting to that magic 81 seats and wrest the gavel from the party for prac­ti­cally the first time in gen­er­a­tions and decides to left enough of his mem­bers vote for repeal to actu­ally clear the House…

…then it goes to the Sen­ate where the num­bers are even worse.

Of the 40 Sen­ate Seats the GOP holds exactly 4. 4. That means the Pres­i­dent of the Sen­ate can allow 36 of the 76 mem­bers of the demo­c­rat cau­cus, nearly half, to vote in favor of repeal with­out fear of its passage.

And all of this pre­sumes both sides are wor­ried about a Gov­er­nor who would actu­ally sign a repeal. Even if both houses some­how decided it was polit­i­cally nec­es­sary to vote to repeal Gov­er­nor Patrick or the next Demo­c­rat to fol­low him will veto it, to “pro­tect our roads and bridges”.

The worst part about it. This entire exer­cise can be repeated on an annual basis, with a few votes shift­ing here and there as dif­fer­ent mem­bers find them­selves in trou­ble in dif­fer­ent years. They’ll be a whole crop of Democ­rats on TV, in Speeches, on the Radio and in the papers point­ing to their repeal vote as proof they the care…a vote that will mean nothing.

And why will they do this? Because they will assume vot­ers in Mass­a­chu­setts fool­ish enough to re-​elect them after they voted for the ini­tial index­ing of taxes will be fool­ish enough to believe such nonsense…

…And they’ll be right.

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Yesterday I led with the Indexing of the Gas Tax that is included in this years budget bill.

It’s the worst of all possible taxes because it will automatically go up every single year without the necessity of a single vote by a member of our 82% Democrat legislature.

We get one chance to stop the indexing of gas tax increases forever, just one because if this budget is passed with the indexed tax it will not only never be repealed but it will be used as a political tool for years to come…by Democrats!

Here’s how it works: Lets say this bill passes and next year by some miracle voter anger in Massachusetts over the tax boils over to the point where people actually consider to voting members out of office who supported it.

Thanks to the outcry a vote to repeal comes to the floor and naturally all 32 GOP House members vote to get rid of this law.

That still leaves them 49 votes shy of a majority.

So what do Democrat party leaders do? They identify the members out of the remaining 128 who are actually in danger of losing seats knowing they can free a full 36% to vote for repeal. Suddenly 20, 30 even 40 democrats announce they’ve had a change of heart, they talk about how it was a bad idea and go on TV and radio promising to vote for repeal. They manage to get their totals all the way up to 47 democrats and the roll call vote takes place on the house with 47 democrats joining the 32 house republicans to junk this odious tax…

…and repeal fails 81-79.

But lets say somehow, by some miracle the voters are actually aroused the speaker, worried not only about his pending indictment (No democrat is allowed to be speaker of the Massachusetts House without a pending indictment) actually fears the GOP might have a 50-1 shot of getting to that magic 81 seats and wrest the gavel from the party for practically the first time in generations and decides to left enough of his members vote for repeal to actually clear the House…

…then it goes to the Senate where the numbers are even worse.

Of the 40 Senate Seats the GOP holds exactly 4. 4. That means the President of the Senate can allow 36 of the 76 members of the democrat caucus, nearly half, to vote in favor of repeal without fear of its passage.

And all of this presumes both sides are worried about a Governor who would actually sign a repeal. Even if both houses somehow decided it was politically necessary to vote to repeal Governor Patrick or the next Democrat to follow him will veto it, to “protect our roads and bridges”.

The worst part about it. This entire exercise can be repeated on an annual basis, with a few votes shifting here and there as different members find themselves in trouble in different years. They’ll be a whole crop of Democrats on TV, in Speeches, on the Radio and in the papers pointing to their repeal vote as proof they the care…a vote that will mean nothing.

And why will they do this? Because they will assume voters in Massachusetts foolish enough to re-elect them after they voted for the initial indexing of taxes will be foolish enough to believe such nonsense…

…And they’ll be right.

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This is the difference between this blog and the Massachusetts House. Most members have no fear of losing their seat no matter how they vote, while I have to earn your support on a daily or weekly basis to make that paycheck to stay afloat

If you think I’m earning it this week, then I’d appreciate it if you consider hitting DaTipJar below.

and consider this, if just 121 of our tens of thousands of monthly readers subscribed for just $10 a month. This daily tip jar shake can fade away appearing only for road trips or emergencies.