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Posted Sunday, May 10, 2015
Raleigh, NC - The news that North Carolina’s state General Fund budget revenue is now predicted to come in $400 million above original estimates caused the Left to go into full spin mode. For months, liberal progressives were fretting about the end of Western Civilization as we know it due to earlier projections that revenue this year would come in below the amount used to set the budget.
Somehow blind to the irony, first they were upset that revenue may be too low this year, now they are upset that revenue may be too high. We are used to the narrative coming from the Left that government never has enough money, but now that revenues are higher than expectations liberals suddenly find compassion for taxpayers.
Dan Blue, the Senate minority leader from Raleigh, dutifully read the new script to the media, proclaiming that the higher-than-expected tax revenues came “directly out of the pockets of middle-class families.”
Blue added: “Small businesses and middle-class families across North Carolina got absolutely slammed, absolutely slammed on Tax Day, paying more than they have paid ever before.”
Blue’s history as a state legislature dates back to the beginning of the 1980s, and rarely over that time period, when he and his fellow Democrats held the reins of power, did they meet a tax they didn’t like.
Indeed, Blue and the Democrats have a long history of passing taxes hikes that “absolutely slammed” the middle-class and low-income households.
Following is a sampling dating back three decades, spanning Blue’s long tenure in the General Assembly, of tax increases approved by Democrat-controlled legislatures that imposed a heavier tax burden – especially on lower- and middle-class households.
In that vein, the Civitas Institute presents: “Ten Tax Hikes That Slammed Middle Class Families – Courtesy of NC Democrats”*
The above list doesn’t include all the taxes Democrats passed while they were in power, or Democrats’ failed attempt in 2011 to extend the “temporary” 2009 sales tax hike.
Finally, what’s even more rich is Blue’s faux outrage over the expiration of the tax deduction for small businesses, given the fact that Blue voted against the 2011 state budget that included the tax deduction.
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