Thursday, May 18, 2006

Want Smaller Government? There's Only One Choice Remaining

Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later.

Blackwell backs killing tax, spending ballot issue

Ken Blackwell, under pressure from his own party, has backed away from his support of a Taxation and Expenditure Limitation Amendment. The Republican Party, it would seems, prefers to have unlimited ability to raise taxes and spend, spend, spend till daddy takes the T-bird away….

As a release from the Libertarian Party of Ohio noted:

This may be the first time in history a politician has broken his central campaign promise to cut state and local taxing and spending BEFORE getting elected.

Are any of us really surprised by this? Did we really expect a Republican…even an ostensibly “conservative” one such as Blackwell…to have the will to pull government into check?

I didn’t. I don’t know how many of you did.

Anyone who didn't think that the Republican Party leadership would not allow anyone serious about cutting government to actually be put in a situation where it could be made possible, is just plain delirious. In case you forgot, this is the party that has turned Ohio into the 3rd highest taxed state , ranked 41st in friendliness to small business, and 43rd for economic freedom. Of course they want nothing of the sort! Go pedal your fiscal responsibility elsewhere!!

But I think the shot has been fired. The line in the sand has been drawn. It’s time for the rank-and-file, small government advocates who have clung to Republican Party as the last, best hope to restore liberty to make a decision. And it’s to them I say the following….

You voted for Ken Blackwell because you believed he could cut outrageous government spending, reign in tax rates, and improve Ohio's abysmal economic conditions. Yet, even after securing your nomination, the party’s leadership has turned its back on you, and has used every tool available to leverage its weight against your voice. You wanted small government, but the party you belong to is run by people who do not represent you. They’re ignoring you. And what's even worse, they are working against you.

There is only one candidate for governor who does support limiting taxation and government spending. There is only one candidate who recognizes that Ohio is in dire straights and is willing to put principle ahead of politics. There is only one candidate who means what he says when he promises to cut government.

That candidate is, of course, the Libertarian Party candidate: Bill Peirce.

So…will you fiscally-conservative advocates of individual liberty and personal responsibility step up and vote for the only candidate who will give you what you want? Will all you small-business owners out there vote for the only candidate who will put your needs ahead of his own ambitions for political power?

The time is coming up to make a choice. Are you serious about wanting smaller, cleaner government, individual liberty, and economic prosperity?

Or are you more interested in propping up The Party, while Ohio goes down the toilet?

In November, you’ll have a choice.

(And you just gotta feel some embarassment for people like Scott Pullins , head of the allegedly “pro-taxpayer” group Ohio Taxpayer’s Association, who came out in favor of Blackwell. Then again, after being victimized by a Blackwell witch-hunt, it would make sense that he would cower back into line, as if he’s suffering from battered-woman syndrome. Next thing you know, he’ll start pedaling excuses why this betrayal of taxpayer interests is actually a good thing. I guess that goes to show that even the best watch dogs can turn into lap dogs.)


Blogger Brian Duffy said...

I am considering voting libertarian.

One note, I am opposed to TEL as I am any other limit, e.g. term limits. These laws do nothing but place an artificial constraint upon what should be a disciplined person.

6:19 PM  
Blogger Libertarian Jason said...

Politicians?! Disciplined!? HA!

And here you've always told me that conservatives believe that man is "fallen".

Don't you know that power corrupts?

7:45 AM  
Blogger Brian Duffy said...

So you are in favor of a new law?

9:26 PM  
Anonymous Libertarian Jason said...

A law that restricts the power of politicians?

You bet!

Why? Do you support allowing politicians to have unrestricted power?

12:43 PM  

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