The election cycle
That Democrat gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf already is proposing to increase taxes if he is elected comes as no surprise.
It's what Democrats do: raise taxes to pay for endless government programs. It's the same blueprint we see in Washington. It's an effective strategy, especially after a Republican spends four years cutting back programs and controlling spending.
This is pretty much standard practice in two-party politics. We elect someone who spends like a drunken sailor. We get fed up, toss him out and elect a guy to stop the insanity for some temporary austerity. Later, we boot him out for not spending enough. Rinse and repeat.
It's too bad there is no strong third voice in our state government. Of course, we all know one of the few things the two parties work together on is the effort to quash any possible third party. This allows them to maintain their stranglehold on power, so all they must do is be satisfied taking turns shafting the citizens.
One thing neither entrenched party wants is someone asking tough questions — questions like: “Why are we paying so many hidden taxes, such as auto emission testing fees, when only a tiny fraction of cars fail?” or “How did our legislators manage to turn a profitable turnpike into a giant albatross?”
Don't expect answers from either side in the campaign ahead.
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