“FASTER” is a disaster.
Everyone knows the first couple of paragraphs of the Declaration of Independence, you know, the good stuff about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Fewer people read on to the list of grievances against King George. (BTW if you’d like to listen to the whole Declaration do it here.) One of the reasons for separation from England listed was “For imposing taxes on us without our consent.”
Here in Colorado, in spirit and in law, “consent” means a vote of the people. Yet our governor again today is using the backdoor to raise taxes without our consent. By signing the 67 page Senate Bill 108 into law, Backdoor Bill is raising car taxes by $250 million a year – without a vote of the people. His excuse is that he calls it a “fee,” not a “tax,” and of course your wallet will be able to tell the difference. The press keeps calling this a $41 per car “fee” increase, but do the simple math: The $250 million a year will be paid by the 5 million Coloradans in one way or another (businesses don’t pay taxes, people do). That’s $50 per man woman and child in the state per year, forever, and all without a vote.
To add insult to injury this bill has a “safety clause” slapped on the end. This prevents the citizens, through the petition process, from putting this bill on the fall ballot for all taxpayers to consider. Why doesn’t he respect citizens enough to ASK FIRST? Who knows, if it is as good as he says, wouldn’t it pass?
Governor Ritter seems to have developed a nasty habit of supporting backdoor increases in government:
Gov, my momma always said gentleman ask first.