Arizona Republican Party Chairman Randy Pullen has posted what he calls "A Modest Response to Americans for Tax Reform," on the official blog of the state party, which addresses a letter that ATR sent to all Arizona lawmakers last week urging them to oppose Governor Jan Brewer’s proposal for a multi-billion dollar tax hike. In his response, Pullen explains why he thinks it’s a good idea, in the middle of a a recession, to impose the largest tax increase in state history on Arizona taxpayers.
What about seniors and those approaching retirement who have seen their savings decimated over the past year. Some may never recover sufficiently to enjoy the savings that they built and planned to use.
Let’s be clear, raising taxes is not governing. Tax hikes are the preferred policy of those that abdicate responsibility in governing.
In his response to ATR, Pullen justifies the burden of Brewer’s multi-billion dollar tax hike by claiming that the net effect will be that Arizonans will give back "20% of their tax rebate from Obama." While Obama, Pelosi, and Reid must be just tickled pink to know that state officials are using their legislative monstrosity, the stimulus bill, as justification to further raise taxes at the state level, what Pullen fails to recognize is that this money that Obama is dropping from the sky is not free money. Point of fact, Obama and the feds can’t give anything other than what they have already stolen from Arizona taxpayers.
The only gift Randy and the AZ Republican Party are giving to anyone is a perfect lesson on how not to brand your party.
Americans for Tax Reform is, and will continue, working with lawmakers on crafting a budget that does not raise taxes on hard working Arizona families who already spend 194 days out the year, well over half the year, just to pay for the cost of their government. Apparently Governor Jan Brewer and Chairman Randy Pullen think that’s not enough.