The Corner

Virginia Tax Hike

A Democrat in the Virginia state Senate has called Republicans in the House “a mob” for not falling in line and supporting the tax-increasing budget that just about every other politician in the state seems to want. (Funny how it’s “a mob” that now defends me, in Prince William County, from a Richmond shakedown.) Republicans in the Senate appear to want the tax hike as much as Democratic Gov. Mark Warner, who got this business started a few weeks ago. Warner is arguing in favor of the tax increase on radio this way: “”I’ve got my kids talking to me, saying, ‘Dad, why can’t they just compromise?’ ” Memo to Virginia House Republicans: Make Warner tell his kids, “It’s because real Republicans don’t compromise on taxes.”

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.


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