Chris Barge wrote an amusing article November 8 for the Rocky Mountain News. He reports:
Gov. Bill Ritter said Thursday he may ask voters to approve a tax increase next year to pay for either health care, transportation or higher education.
But he emphasized that while all three priorities need extra funding, only one of them should wind up on the ballot. Colorado voters are too fiscally conservative to approve more than one tax increase at a time, he said.
Barge reports that Ritter told the Joint Budget Committee, “I don’t think we can go for all three. That would be unfair to voters and would demonstrate a lack of leadership on my part and on the part of the legislature.”
We wouldn’t want a lack of leadership! Because, you know, promoting a tax increase for an unspecified goal, that’s real leadership. Especially when we’re still in the initial phase of the spending hikes from Referendum C. And, assuming that Ritter can figure out which tax hike to promote next year, when can we expect requests for the other two items? And how much will he ask for? The “208” Commission promotes health controls that will cost over a billion dollars of new taxes every year (and those are according to the figures bought by the Commission). Is that the end of the list? Even if Ritter got more tax dollars for health care, transportation, and higher education, would he be satisfied, or would he ask for still more?
Apparently, Ritter thinks that leadership consists of expanding the power, scope, and spending of government. The particulars of how that happens are of secondary concern.