Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Cato Killin'

Team Pataki in Iowa has been quick to point out his strong record when it comes to keeping taxes low. It's been essentially their most consistent talking point during the fledgling stages of his Caucus campaign. Well the folks at the Cato Institute object and they did so vehemently in the New York Post this morning.

IT'S hard to recall there was ever a time when fiscal conservatives nationwide saw New York's Gov. Pataki as a rising political star. Elected on a promise to cut taxes, Pataki delivered early in his first term, slicing the top state income-tax rate by 25 percent and reducing the capital gains and inheritance taxes, too. He even succeeded in cutting government spending.

But soon Pataki was raising taxes and hiking spending at rates that would make Nelson Rockefeller and Mario Cuomo smile. The same conservatives who had earlier cheered him were left scratching their heads, wondering: What happened to George?

Starting with his second term, however, Pataki's fiscal schizophrenia began to set in. (Is there something in the water in Albany?) Pataki proposed all sorts of awful policies, such as a multibillion-dollar bond initiative for roads and pork-barrel environmental projects. He hiked cigarette taxes and proposed over $3 billion in overall tax increases by 2005. The state budget exploded, too, growing by 76 percent since his first day in office - almost twice the growth of population plus inflation.

This year, Pataki has tried to convince people that the tax-cutter they knew and loved was back by proposing income-tax-rate cuts for the first time in almost a decade.

And those pathetic tax cuts are the good news. On the spending side, Pataki remained a lover of big government. His fiscal 2007 budget proposal expanded state government spending by 7 percent, the biggest proposed increase since 1995.

Perhaps Pataki's recent tax-cut proposals were simply an attempt to end his mostly disappointing governorship on a high note. Or, with his presidential aspirations altogether apparent, maybe it was simply a bid to convince the small-government advocates who vote in GOP primaries that he's still one of them.

Sorry to be so text heavy there, but there's too much good rhetoric to find things to cut.

Here's what we like about Pataki. Big state Governor, can raise the money, has a great team on the ground in Iowa. But they've got a lot to overcome. Pataki is unpopular at home and pro-choice. The Pataki folks have been forced to hold up the shiny object that is tax cuts in conservatives eyes. But according to CATO that shiny object might really be a house of cards.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like he's another "fauxscal conservative" This guy is a joke.

11:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pataki never had a chance in my mind, and now he will definately have no chance in anyone's mind - (except for those Republicans that attend the caucuses who are pro-choice and believe in massive tax increases).

12:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"proposed over $3 billion in overall tax increases by 2005. The state budget exploded, too, growing by 76 percent since his first day in office"

How does someone like Ed Failor Jr. support Pataki?

1:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boy if that's what CATO thinks of Pataki, wait til they take a look at Mitt 'cut and run' Romney's record.

1:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't realize this was a post about Romney. Somebody a little worried?

2:45 PM  
Blogger Caucus Cooler said...

Clearly 2:45 hasn't learned Rule #4 of the Caucus Cooler yet.

All posts end up being about Romney.

2:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of Romney, here's his quote from today about NJ's court ruling that allows gay marriage.
Gov./Pres. candidate Mitt Romney (R-MA) on the NJ marriage ruling:

“I believe that the best and most reliable way to protect traditional marriage is through a federal marriage amendment, as opposed to letting activist judges make policy on a state by state basis."

Now, this really hurts McCain if you are against gay marriage. The gay marriage, pro-choice, pro-McCain/Feingold republicans will be comfortable here.

5:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, some people in this country are worried that the Mormon Strategy will somehow work.

It won't.

5:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good question anon above. Why would Ed Failor Jr support Pataki? Perhaps he knows more about Pataki than your average blogger. He thoroughly researches folks and we all know they get serious about electing the people they want to be elected.

I think there must be more here than the article states. Since when can you believe a MSM newspaper. They always have an agenda. Remember, it's a blue state and a blue state paper. So...calm down a bit on the conviction and sentencing.

5:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's what happens when you let Democrats appoint the judges. The NJ judges admit that they found no constitutional right to marriage, but since they just can't tolerate it anymore, they threw it away and decided to do what they wanted to do. The very definition of activist judges.

The ruling is similar to the 1999 decision in Vermont that led to civil unions there, which offer the benefits of marriage, but not the name.

"Although we cannot find that a fundamental right to same-sex marriage exists in this state, the unequal dispensation of rights and benefits to committed same-sex partners can no longer be tolerated under our state Constitution," Justice Barry T. Albin wrote for the 4-3 majority's decision."

This affects Iowa very definately in that, in Iowa, we will now have a democrat political activist on our supreme court (Brent Appel)while his wife (Staci, I live in the Polo playing village in Warren County) gets herself elected to the state legislature. Now, how do you suppose Brent (tobacco settlement fat cat lawyer who gave Vilsack $100,000 for his position) will vote on issues like Gay Marriage in Iowa?

Jack Hatch (d)et al, are in support of the lawsuit against the state of Iowa on gay marriage that is currently pending.

It matters who appoints the judges. Vilsack is selling them to political activists who support gay marriage.

6:15 PM  
Blogger Burton Rider said...

Rather than engage in a slamfest, how about this:

I think we should express appreciation to all of the '08 hopefuls who have supported our Republican candidates and party organizations. I think we should also be appreciative of all the Iowa PAC staff, consultants, and supporters who have spent considerable time and political capital fighting for those contributions.

This is one of the most difficult election cycles I've seen, given the national environment, and we've needed more help than ever to try and fight these battles.

Thanks to Chuck L., Ed Jr., Craig S., Erik H., Matt G., Marcus B., Dave R., Eric W., and Commonwealth staff for working hard for 2006 candidates. Sorry if I left anyone out. Remember, at the end of the day, we're all on the same side.

There is a lot at stake. Now let's get it done...

12:09 PM  
Blogger Caucus Cooler said...

Amen to that BR. Dave K and Gentry S should probably be on there too huh.

7:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kum by yah (not sure how that's spelled)

9:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marcus? Come on. He's was a field staffer for two weeks for Dopf. Let's just make him Chair of the RNC.

7:25 AM  
Blogger Burton Rider said...

I was only saying he deserves credit for working to help '06 campaigns even though he's on an '08er PAC. I hardly think that means he should be RNC Chairman.

Jesus, anon, you really can't stand people in politics, can you? Maybe you should consider another line of work.

3:38 PM  
Blogger The Deplorable Old Bulldog said...

On an even less offensive note, Burton, what did you think of the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame show this year?

Can you imagine the political conniving that goes into wrangling that camera face time?

The 08 people are striving to be party leaders, and that's an important test if you are running to be the ultimate leader of the party. The next year and three months presents us Iowa Republicans a wonderful opportunity and we sure don't need to blow it.

It starts with some victories on the 7th. So listen up, we still have plenty of time for volunteers to contribute. Sign up-work your asses off and we will shock the critics come the 7th.

9:40 PM  
Blogger Burton Rider said...

You can't miss with Freebird, can you?

I liked the Miles tribute. Greatest album of all time is "Kind of Blue". One take? C'mon, it doesn't get any better than that.

I also liked Blondie (but when I watch her I try and remember her from 1979). Did you see that CBGB closed a couple weeks ago? Our guitar player did a few showcases there.

I was never into Black Sabbath or the Sex Pistols, but they had something to say, that's for sure.

8:29 PM  
Blogger The Deplorable Old Bulldog said...

You mean it isn't 1979-the real year the music died.

12:41 PM  

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