posted on June 12, 2006 11:10
This was the headline in The News & Observer Monday:
“Taxes, fees on the rise in Triangle.”
This is why progressive Democrats need to look before they leap.
The story added:
“Raleigh gets a double whammy from the city and Wake County.”
This is where polls can fool you. A quick-and-dirty poll could lead you to think Raleigh voters are all for the various tax and fee increases being discussed – for schools, for city water and for city taxes.
But I saw something different in polls last year. Almost all the intensity of feeling was AGAINST taxes and spending.
If the City Council is not careful this year, it will gift-wrap a strategy for a less-progressive candidate next year. His message would be:
“School bonds. School taxes. Higher water fees. Higher garbage fees. Hundreds of millions of dollars downtown for a civic center, parking deck and hotel subsidy. A billion dollars for a light rail boondoggle. Had enough?
“It’s time somebody stood up to the big spenders in City Hall. Elect me and I’ll do it.”
It could work.
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