It�s not looking good for Democrat candidates across the state so Governor Joe Manchin is trying a new tactic: campaigning on the taxpayer�s dime.
After releasing his plan to reduce some taxes while increasing others, Manchin will go across the state selling his plan. Of course the local Democrat candidates will magically show up as well with sycophantic words of approval. While Manchin may make feeble attempts to claim that everything is on the up-and-up, it doesn�t take a tax expert to know that all Manchin�s stump speeches will end with, �and if you elect my team, we�ll get this legislation passed.�
You really have to wonder if anything is below this man.
And what of the legislation? While Manchin touts it as a tax overhaul, with only a 0.0015% reduction in the business franchise tax, a 1-penny reduction in certain food taxes and increase in other taxes, it is miserly at best.
The proposal also raises the state income tax exemption to meet federal poverty rates. I remember helping Senator Steve Harrison (R-Kanawha) draft that legislation four years ago when I was his aide. Of course, the Democrats killed the bill but now they�ll be giggling with glee to pass it.
But the proposal is not just about tax cuts; get ready for the price of gas and food to go up.
Gasoline will go up 5-cents and wholesale gas taxes will raise; something businesses will pass on to you and me.
Daddy Manchin has noticed you are too fat and too unhealthy. Under the guised of taking care of you, he wants to raise the taxes on cigarettes and snack foods to penalize you for making bad choices so he can get more of your money. What�s next? Is he going to tax vehicles with poor crash ratings, fine us for running with scissors or make us do community labor for going outside without our galoshes?
The purpose of government is not to micromanage your life. But that is exactly what Democrats believe they are on this earth to do.
The purpose of government is not to increase ad infinitum. But with one of the largest governments in the union, that is exactly what Democrats have created.
The citizens of West Virginia need to go to the polls asking one question: does the candidate support Manchin�s tax proposal? If so, they need to make sure the candidate never get the chance to vote for it.
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