Yesterday voters demonstrated just how TEA’d off they are when over 200,000 Americans showed up at tea parties across the country to protest the lack of accountability in Washington, D.C. Republicans and Democrats alike are being blamed for the “business as usual” tax and spend policies in our federal government. While the country did vote to throw the Republicans out, it’s apparent that the Democrats are escalating the march to bankruptcy, one trillion dollars at a time.
Jumping on the bandwagon, Governor Rick Perry touted his anti-tax credentials, which is amazing considering that he presided over the institution of a gross (no pun intended) margins tax on businesses in Texas, which now taxes revenue regardless of whether a company shows a profit. Ironically, before Governor Perry signed the margins tax on business in 2006, many conservatives in Texas, including me, converged on the State Capitol to stage a tea party to protest the new tax. Our efforts were in vain, and Perry signed the new tax into law, to the chagrin of Texas conservatives. The legislature is at this very moment attempting to “fix” this business-killing, punitive tax which will have a devastating effect on Texas entrepreneurs.
Now that he is facing a challenge from Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, it appears that Governor Perry is all for lower taxes. It’s amazing how an impending election can cause a politician to change course. All I can say is that Perry should have listened to conservatives in ’06, when he won with just 39% of the vote. Just as voters have demanded accountability from D.C., many of us in Texas are now demanding accountability in our state government. It is no longer a matter of campaign promises, because we’ve seen Governor Perry in action for the last ten years. From the margins tax, to the Gardasil vaccine which he mandated for 12 year old girls, to the Trans Texas Corridor which he planned to force on private property owners, we have seen the real Governor Rick Perry. It’s time to hold him accountable.