Should Republicans Hate Taxes?

Last week I went to a local Republican meeting. At the meeting one of the State Representatives spoke about a recent vote that took place in the legislature. A little bit of background is needed. Michigan is notoriously known for having the absolute worst roads in the United States. Many of my fellow drivers have received numerous flat tires, broken axles and many other car ailments. A road funding and fixing bill was necessary and has been argued for in the Michigan Legislature for nearly two years.

Last year, instead of passing a bill, the legislature passed the buck onto the people of Michigan and asked voters to vote for the tax increase. It left many of us very frustrated because that is seemingly the job of the legislature. The voters overwhelming rejected the measure and sent it back up to Lansing. Many will argue that the vote against was because Michiganders don't want higher taxes.

In fact, during the meeting that I went to, there was a line at the microphone in order to yell at the Republican State Representative who voted for a tax increase to fund the ailing roads. Many argued it was illegal and against the Hedley amendment (it was not). The bottom line that many seemed to suggest was that Republicans hate taxes.

Is this true?

Have we become the party that says no to ANY tax increase?

The short answer is yes and frankly it is a bad strategy. Now I am NOT advocating that we go gallivanting around and raise taxes willy nilly. Oakland County has had two milage increases, in which voters wanted to pay for the zoo and art museum. Voters don't mind paying taxes, but they also want accountability. The current strain of pure anti-tax Republicans is stupid and counterproductive. Voters want accountability. I suspect that the young State Rep at our meeting will probably not be re-elected. But I applaud him doing what he is paid to do as a representative, help run our state. If anti-tax Republicans in Michigan would like to be helpful, they would help balance, raise and lower taxes in a smart economic sense.