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John Lassiter Wants to Raise Your Taxes

As expected, Republican John Lassiter and Democrat Anthony Foxx ended up on the same side of the full-penny for transit tax hike. Tonite the pair will appear at a mayoral candidates forum. Yay Democracy!

The two other at-large council members not running for mayor — Republican Ed Peacock and Democrat Susan Burgess — both voted against the $70m. a year tax hike. Council approved seeking the authority by a 7-4 vote. This means of the four at-large seats on the Charlotte city council, two voted for the hike, and two against. Yay Democracy!

If you don’t think this thing was totally stage-managed by the Uptown crowd after that come to Jebus meeting with the county delegation last week, you probably also believe Pat McCrory is sticking to some sort of “pledge” not to “go outside” the half-cent to build trains.

Oh, and one more thing. If Warren Cooksey, Andy Dulin, and Ed Peacock support Lassiter for mayor then their No votes on this tax hike are null and void. Can’t have it both ways, guys.

Even if that is the Charlotte way.

Bonus Observation: Next up, the county commission. Watch George and Vilma fall right into line behind Jennifer Roberts.

8 Responses to “John Lassiter Wants to Raise Your Taxes”

  • May
    12
    2009

    Half cent sales tax for transit…….. code words that actually mean ………. we the politicians now believe the voters have given us a mandate to ask for more and more and more………………………..

    Instead of trains why not buy some of the new fully electric busses now being built here in charlotte? 200 of them could shuttle plenty of commuters to down town from outlying areas.

    I admit that the previous statement is self serving.

  • May
    12
    2009

    Aside from pigment and nominal party affiliation, will someone please explain to me the difference between the two mayoral candidates?

  • May
    12
    2009

    Pete Kaliner predicted to me that some minority contractor issue will be manufactured to make it appear there is some conflict.

  • May
    12
    2009

    Hey, at least Mr Lassiter gave me something to do for the next six months – making sure he loses the mayoral race.

  • May
    12
    2009

    Ya know rick, I think a lot of other people had the some thought this AM.

  • May
    12
    2009

    As I’ve said before, this situation totally reminds me of the bit from Futurama where the two candidates for President of Earth are clones:

    John Jackson: “It’s time someone had the courage to stand up and say: I’m against those things that everybody hates.”
    Jack Johnson: “Now, I respect my opponent. I think he’s a good man. But quite frankly, I agree with everything he just said.”
    John Jackson: “I say your three cent titanium tax goes too far.”
    Jack Johnson: “And I say your three cent titanium tax doesn’t go too far enough.”

    The only real difference between Foxx and “Fredo” Lassiter is that one is black, and one is white. I look forward to voting against Lassiter in the primary (no matter who runs against him) and not voting for him in the general election.

    Just say NO to RINOs.

  • May
    12
    2009

    You think MECKLENBURG has RINOs? Here in Gaston (official slogan: “We’ve got Bessemer than you do”) the new GOP chair sent out a message telling the “GOP Faithful” that “we can send a strong message to our county government “we aren’t going to take it anymore”".

    Gaston has a county commission that is 100% Republican.

  • May
    13
    2009

    I was there, on the front row. I guess it’s naive in retrospect, but with Burgess’ backpedalling, the Tea Party people, neophytes that we are, felt like momentum was on our side with this thing. When Lassiter started babbling about supporting transit and having a “balanced” transit system, the collective gasp was like somone sucking the air out of the room. I guess he thinks he’ll win going after independents and “conservative” Democrats (we see how well that worked for Mayor Pat’s gubernatorial race last year), but I can tell you there were 50 well-motivated, hardcore liberty conservatives in that room who WON’T be making calls, walking neighborhoods, or doing anything ELSE to help Lassiter get elected this Fall.

    Guess he’ll be wooing those elusive independents all by himself.

    Max, with regards to Gaston’s new county chair, I can tell you that the only experience I have with him is having him help shoot down a resolution to restore NC’s state sovereignty at the 9th District GOP Convention in April. His reason? He didn’t care for the people who submitted it. In fact, he said, “I don’t like those people.” I’m not sure who he was referring to, other than Republicans opposed to an out-of-control federal government. Those bastards!

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