Below was posted on 12/13/2014...Why does Ramsey still want to hurt poor people?
With gas prices dropping, the economy doing better and Gov. Bill Haslam moving into a second term, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, R-Blountville,agreed the timing could be right to raise the state's gas tax. (Oh YEA!!! The timing could be right to raise taxes??? As Republicans, I didn't think there was ever a right time to raise taxes)
However, he doesn't support just raising the tax and not coming up with a comprehensive solution to fix the system for funding roads. (Uhuh...he doesn't just support raising the tax, he wants to hoodwink you into thinking they will lower taxes somewhere else all the while implementing taxes on things we never use to tax. That way they can claim to be for lowering taxes when in actuality they are doing the work of the democrats. If we had wanted that, wouldn't the people of Tn have voted in the democrats?) And getting a comprehensive bill this session, regardless of whether the timing is good, is unlikely, Ramsey told reporters Thursday. (Yeah, you can believe that. If you think last session was contentious, wait until this session. Citizen activists are going to go into overdrive because most of them realize both parties are marching towards the same progressive goal)
"I am not in favor of just raising just the gas tax. That does not solve our problem. I'm looking for a long-term solution," Ramsey said. (Hahahaha Ramsey told a funny. In case you haven't noticed, neither party wants to solve the problem, they just want to be in charge of where the money goes. That is all.)
"It's going to take a very comprehensive bill. The timing is good...but can we have that comprehensive bill ready in time? I don't know." (When you hear a politician mention the word "comprehensive"...run for your life and hold on to your pocketbook. )
Tennessee taxes 21.4 cents per gallon of fuel (If only they had more money and a higher gas tax, then the problem would be solved...or rather we would be like California...in deep financial doodoo) -- Ramsey likes to call it a "user fee" and not a tax (Of course you do. No politician wants to call a tax a tax..."user fee" sounds so benign but lets call it what it is A TAX) -- and provides the state more than $650 million a year, according to the state Department of Transportation. That amount hasn't gone up for almost 25 years, and Haslam recently said a raise must happen at some point in order to address future road projects. (650 MILLION a year!!! It hasn't gone up in 25 years. Does anyone in their right mind think that 650 MILLION a year is not enough to do what needs to be done? Awww but there in lies the rub. They aren't spending all of that money on the things they are supposed to. A HUGE portion of this money is being siphoned off into green projects like bike paths and other green projects that steer people towards other modes of transportation. Anything but cars. Perhaps if you would stop spending the money raised from gas taxes on things that don't have anything to do with cars, you wouldn't need to rob Peter the Taxpayer to pay Paul the GREEN Crony Capitalist.)
"There's no way the state can continue on the path that it's on, it just doesn't work," Haslam said in early December. (Actually, there's no way the state can continue on the path that you and other so called Republican leaders are leading the state down. We don't have a taxing problem. We have a political leadership problem that is systemic from Capital Hill on down to our local councils. )
"We're evaluating our needs, and is this the right time to do that or not? I mean I think anybody would tell you we can't keep doing it; I think the question I think in Tennessee for the last several years has been, 'At what point and time do we have to do that?' We obviously don't want to do that until we have to." (Ok, the only thing they are evaluating here is do they have the political capital to get away with this. Will the people forget in a couple of years that WE REPUBLICANS raised taxes? They obviously don't want to do this if it will cost them an election. THAT IS ALL! Question for Republican voters....WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO REALIZE THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS NO BETTER THAN THE DEMOCRAT PARTY! The solution to our problems lies with US GETTING INVOLVED!)
Ramsey said everyone agrees building and maintaining roads is a core function of government. But creating a bill that does more than raise the gas tax -- he didn't elaborate on what "comprehensive" might look like--by the end of session "will be the challenge," Ramsey said. (OK, so let me clue you into what "comprehensive" might look like: Taxes on services we don't normally tax...Hair salons & Hotels and many other services not currently taxed...you know...cuz 650 MILLION IS JUST NOT ENOUGH!)
The state also heads into the year facing the potential for budget cuts. (Cry me river...budget cuts??? IT'S ABOUT FREAKING TIME!) Haslam has asked all state agencies to present budgets with a 7 percent cut; he recently told Senate Republicans he hopes they won't need to cut that much, but there will certainly be some cut.
Ramsey applauded the governor's approach to the budget and recognizing cuts are sometimes necessary.
"I admire him for that. That ought to be something you do every year, even in good times, is look at cuts to see if you're doing something that you shouldn't be doing. Every business should go through that, every family should go through that," Ramsey said. (Yeah, every family does do that and unfortunately for them...YOU GUYS WANT TO RAISE TAXES WHICH HURT THEM EVEN MORE!)
The new legislative session starts in January. (God HELP US! We are certainly going to need it...)
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