GOVERNOR’S “FLIP-FLOP” COMPARED TO GEORGE H.W. BUSH’S “READ MY LIPS” PROMISE
|| By FITSNEWS || A grassroots group is taking S.C. governor Nikki Haley to task for her support of a gasoline tax hike – accusing her of flip-flopping on the issue.
The ad – paid for by the Columbia, S.C.- based group “Citizens for a Free Market” – compares Haley’s 2014 pledge to veto any gas tax hike to former U.S. president George H.W. Bush‘s infamous “read my lips” promise.
“There are moments in history on the national level,” the spot states, referring to Bush’s “no new taxes” promise.
The spot then segues into Haley’s 2014 State of the State speech, in which she vowed to “veto any bill that reaches my desk that raises taxes on gasoline.”
Take a look …
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Obviously this ad is poorly written (and very poorly produced). And to be fair to Haley (something we don’t relish doing), her proposal did include a substantial income tax relief component – which she claims would more than offset the gas tax hike.
Do we trust Haley’s math? Hell no … but her plan (for what it’s worth) is a tax swap, not a pure tax hike.
Either way, the governor’s efforts to get her plan through the “Republican-controlled” S.C. General Assembly appear doomed. And not just because of confusion surrounding her tax proposals, but also due to her failure to articulate specific reforms to the S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT).
For more on that latter point, check out this excellent guest column published by FITS earlier this week …