Thursday, April 30, 2009

Post-Dispatch: Richard offers "empty talk about an idle plan"

House Republicans' plan to use federal stimulus money for tax cuts was criticized in a St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial today. The editorial criticized Speaker of the Houes Ron Richard, R-Joplin, for neglecting Missouri concerns while going on Fox News to appeal to the "teabag crowd":

Ten days later, Mr. Richard wouldn't come to the phone. He had just stripped the Metro funding out of the bill. According to news reports, he was pursuing a new plan — one that his caucus would try to jam through without a public hearing or input — that would take the federal aid and use it to reduce the state income tax rate from 6 percent to 5.5 percent.

There's some doubt that federal rules would permit the state to use stimulus funds to reduce taxes. No evidence was offered suggesting a few bucks extra each week in Missourians' paycheck would stimulate the economy. Leaders in the state Senate were highly skeptical the plan would survive if it reached them.

We wanted to ask Mr. Richard about these issues, but his communications director said his schedule was full, that the speaker could not free even 10 minutes to explain the political about-face to St. Louisans struggling to get to and from work.

Indeed, the speaker was booked. He was readying himself to appear on Fox News. It was a devil's bargain. Mr. Richard and his caucus decided to throw stranded commuters under the bus. In exchange, they received 15 minutes of fame — playing to the tea-party protest crowd with empty talk about an idle plan.


The Weave said...

I for one am glad to see that the speaker is trying to look out for all Missourians and not just the ones in St. Louis for a change. Whatever it takes to reduce taxes of any kind and by any manner is good for Missourians.

Anonymous said...

Ok, so "The Weave" gets his wish, we will no longer fund the military, roads and schools, health care supplements, all forms of research, preservation, ect. Within five years we'll all get to live like our ancestors from 200 years ago, or be under the reign of some foreign power who will reinstate King George's policies. Yes, I agree, this is what will be "good for Missourians," you dupe.

the weave said...

Anonymous, read the post dummy, this has nothing to do with whats funded. It would simply replace the half of one percent of tax with federal aid. The Post Dispatch is only interested in keeping all of our tax dollars in the St. Louis area. What about the rest of Missouri?