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Tom Davis Wages Impassioned Anti-Gas Tax Filibuster




|| By FITSNEWS || South Carolina Senator Tom Davis took to the floor of the State Senate this week to present a novel idea: That in a $25.7 billion budget, there should be more than enough money available to adequately maintain roads and bridges without raising taxes.

Imagine that: Government spending money on something it’s supposed to do – and doing it efficiently and accountably.

Of course that’s not the state we live in.  Our state maintains a bloated network of roads and bridges (the nation’s fourth-largest, as a matter of fact).  And our corrupt, unaccountable bureaucrats approve costly pork barrel projects while critical needs go unaddressed.

Rather than reform that system, though, our “leaders” want to take the easy way out and take more money out of your pocket.

As the curtain begins to close on a legislative dominated by smoke and mirrors – namely every form of tax swap under the sun – Davis has at long last drawn a line in the sand.

That line? “No new gas tax.”

Actually he drew the line over the weekend … in this column published on our website.

“I reject the premise that our state does not appropriate sufficient funds for our transportation needs,” Davis wrote.  “It does; the money just isn’t wisely spent.”

Davis’ filibuster passionately advanced that belief – citing projected surpluses that could be earmarked for transportation spending as opposed to revenue from a tax hike.

“I am not going to stand here and throw $700 million into a system that has proven it cannot do the job,” Davis said.  “That is irresponsible.”

Davis proceeded to compare the government’s demonstrably failed “more money” approach to funding infrastructure to its failed government-run school system – which also dumps ever-escalating amounts of taxpayer cash into a bureaucracy that produces diminishing returns.

“Tom Davis speech needs to be broadcast all over the state,” one former S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT) official told FITS.  “He is 100 percent correct.”

Indeed.  As we’ve noted repeatedly, the “Republicans” who support raising the gas tax have approved billions of dollars in new spending on South Carolina’s worst-in-the-nation government-run school system, its duplicative and inefficient higher education system, bailouts for wealthy corporations, shady ‘economic development‘ deals and … lest we forget … dozens of exorbitantly expensive and totally unnecessary highway projects.

They have the money to fix our roads and bridges without raising taxes … they are simply choosing not to do so.

Several of those “Republican” elected officials stood up to take pot shots at Davis – including powerful Senate president Hugh Leatherman and fellow fiscal liberals Luke Rankin and Greg Gregory.

But the pro-free market lawmaker held firm … forcing the Senate to adjourn with him holding the floor.

Good for Davis …

It’s about time someone stood up and challenged the liberal fiction that tax swaps and tax hikes are the only way to address South Carolina’s glaring infrastructure needs.  They’re not … unfortunately, he’s one of only a handful of lawmakers who gets that.  And who is willing to stand and fight for taxpayers who are already shelling out more of their income on fuel costs than residents of any other state save Mississippi and West Virginia.