Taylor, tax cuts, and Jim Wooten…

In his AJC column “Thinking Right”, conservative columnist Jim Wooten (who describes his column as “common sense conservatism”) had nothing but good words for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Taylor’s proposal to eliminate the state property tax…

Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor, with his proposal to stop collecting the quarter mill that the state adds to the property tax bills of 2.5 million Georgians, opened a can of worms that should have been opened long ago.

There’s never been any particular justification for the state to collect a quarter mill anyway.

The state certainly should eliminate the quarter mill, as Taylor proposes…

“The big guy likes big tax cuts,


  1. atlantaman says:

    “Yes it is, because contrary to popular belief, all Democrats aren’t tax and spend liberals, and some of us actually believe that relieving people of their tax burden by giving them a tax cut is a good thing.”

    Maybe I’ve been in politics for too long, but I’ve got a more cynical thought. The State of Georgia is clearly more conservative then the rest of the country. Taylor can take the blacks and urban liberals for granted, they’ll vote for him no matter what – but those folks are only good for around 44% of the vote. Taylor has to figure out how to get another 6% or 7% and that’s going to involve throwing some conservative rehtoric out there.

    Before you libs start howling, I know the sword cuts both ways and the Repubs have demographics that mainly vote for them. Although I don’t know of any other major demographic that votes so monolithically for one party (over 90%) then black voters, so I think they get taken for granted by Dems.

  2. RuralDem says:

    I’ll go with Andre’s thought. Most Democrats in Georgia are not the radicals that are a majority in most other states though it appears that eventually the out of touch liberal wing will full takeover the DPG. I think many people on here still forget that Conservative Democrats were a major force up until a few years ago. Sure most have jumped ship but there are still many who have not.

    Sure you can play the “my party is better than your party” game but ehh a Conservative is a Conservative in my mind.

  3. Eddie T says:

    Hey atlantaman,

    You’re aware that your boy Perdue received a “D” from the Cato Institute when it came to cutting taxes after his attempted $280 million tax hike, right?

    Y’all Republicans should stop fighting battles that ended a long time ago. Dems aren’t, and haven’t ever in recent memory, been in favor of tax hikes. That very same Cato Institute recalled the good old days of “tax-cutting Democrat Roy Barnes.” Homestead exemption anyone? Sales tax on groceries?

    One of the candidates for Governor has a history of cutting taxes for Georgians. The other doesn’t. At all.

  4. ColinATL says:

    I really don’t see the liberal wing of the DPG taking over. I’m a fence sitter myself, liberal on some issues, conservative on others, and frankly I think the party adequately reflects that. There are the wedge issues in our party of gay rights, and well, uh, gay rights, but that’s about all we disagree on.

    I really think you’d be hard pressed to find a Democrat who’s all for raising taxes as its own end. There may be Democrats & Republicans who want (have) to keep the budget balanced and keep a minimum of services, which may occasionally require a hike in taxes (usually only after cutting them for cuttings sake). There may be others who strategically want to raise taxes (e.g., cigarette tax) for policy reasons, and not for revenue.

    Regardless, I ultimately believe that most Georgia Democrats are National Republicans (born out in the differential between statewide & presidential voting). I truly believe that being a Republican in Georgia means you are a right winger in all its splendor, that Pat Robertson can do no wrong, that the US should be an openly Christian nation, that gays and lesbians should shut up and sit in their closets quietly, that George Bush is the best President ever, that gun control is anathema, and that you never met a tax-cut you didn’t like, especially if it doesn’t help the poor, since they get such a free ride already.

  5. RandyMiller says:

    The Cato institue grades governors by who’s cut taxes AND spending the most, they get the highest grades. Arnold gets an A. Jeb gets a B. I notice states with the highest tourism fair very well, as this is a great sorce of reaping revenue. Let’s be real here, who wants to fly from Europe or drive cross country to see the Carter’s home in Plains?

    What the dems here always fail to mention is Perdue faced shortfalls due to national recession, layoffs, and post 9/11 jitters. Perdue could have done the other, keep services as is, go deeper into debt. Our state today is healthy and secure, Perdue did the right thing. Forbes gave us 10th best state in which to do business. If we’re such a tax happy state, how’d we get that?

  6. Dan says:

    Eddie T., are you aware that Tobacco Companies are some of the biggest contributers to the Cato Institute. Could this be why they didn’t like raising taxes on tobacco?

  7. Bill Simon says:

    Dang! Everyone is influenced by money! We should just do away with it altogether.

    As someone willing to step out on a limb, I will volunteer my services to keep everyone’s money. Y’all can wire it to either my Cayman Islands account or my Bahamas account.

  8. rugby_fan says:


    Are you aware the Think Tanks reject undue influence from their corporate influences and pride themselves on their independence?

  9. RandyMiller says:

    Dan’s got a point, below is copied from accuracy.org.

    “Although news reports and media commentaries often include the Cato Institute’s assessments of tobacco-related issues, Cato’s direct ties to tobacco rarely get mentioned. For years, the list of Cato’s large contributors has included Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds.

    As it happens, Cato is a fierce tiger when it comes to advocating for oppressed tobacco firms. Early in the summer of 1997, a Cato “Policy Analysis” by senior fellow Robert A. Levy denounced state lawsuits against tobacco companies to recover Medicaid costs for treating people with smoking-related diseases. Levy claimed that anti-tobacco politicians were “willing to deny due process to a single industry selected for its deep pockets and public image rather than its legal culpability.”

    So this is why Cato gave Perdue a D.

  10. Decaturguy says:

    Taylor can take the blacks and urban liberals for granted, they’ll vote for him no matter what

    Aren’t you forgetting that many Democrats may be so disgusted with Mark Taylor that they might just sit on their hands this November?

  11. Jace Walden says:

    Here’s a thought that a friend of mine brought up. I’ll take it a little further…

    Why are the Republicans on this blog not consistent? Perdue has never seen a tax increase he didn’t like. That is a fact.

    Everyone says “Oh, well the budget was just left in shambles” or “Oh, we had a huge deficit.”

    Here’s a thought: CUT THE DAMN SPENDING.

    Deficits are no excuse to raise taxes. They are, however, a reason to cut spending. Taxes need to be cut. Spending needs to be cut. Sonny has done neither. Sonny got a “D” from the Cato Institute because he is NOT a fiscal conservative. Plain and simple.

    And, here’s another thought…

    Why is everyone critcizing Cato because of their ties to the tobacco industry? No one ever forced someone to smoke a damn cigarette. If you smoked a cigarette thinking it might be good for your health, then you’re an idiot.

    The Tobacco industry shouldn’t be held accountable for the choices of its clientele. Stop giving Cato the whole guilt by association crap. It ain’t playing.

  12. Warrior says:

    Taylor wants to cut property taxes by less than 1% while Perdue wants to ELIMINATE the income tax for a segment of the population. Taylor wants to raise the gas tax. Perdue eliminated it temporarily. Taylor fought tax cuts when in power and now says he wants to cut them, but proposes billions in new spending. At least Perdue has been a spending hawk – even against the GOP legislators. I’ll go with the record not the rhetoric!

  13. DTK says:

    “Eddie T., are you aware that Tobacco Companies are some of the biggest contributers to the Cato Institute. Could this be why they didn’t like raising taxes on tobacco?”

    Please. Go to Cato and do a search for tobacco subsidies and you’ll see that Cato doesn’t bend over backwards to the tobacco industry.

    This is as bad as the columnists who recently attacked the Heritage Foundation for taking money from Wal-Mart and then writing op-eds that attacked the economic reasoning behind Chicago’s “living wage” legislation. The critics said that this proved Heritage was in the tank for its corporate benefactor, even though Wal-Mart’s contribution was just a drop in the bucket in relation to Heritage’s yearly donations.

    Unfortunately Heritage’s critics didn’t take the time to look up all the op-eds Heritage researchers wrote criticizing Wal-Mart for taking government subsidies and using eminant domain.

    Dan, just admit your candidate is a tax raiser and that he is fortunate Westmoreland & Co. stood up to him at the beginning of his term, thus keeping him from proposing more tax increases.

  14. truerblue says:

    I think everyone might be a bit surprised in the general election with the number of ballots bearing ‘Write in’s”. Alot of us still haven’t gotten over Taylor’s attacks on Cox in the primary. Remember the thousands of postcards mailed to black precincts prior to the election from Taylor’s camp complete with Cox’s picture and the words “Jim Crow”. Taylor is smarmy plain and simple-the worst kind!

  15. kevin35 says:

    Whoa Sonny raised the fuel tax 3 times since he was elected. The only time it was dropped was after the hurricane. The gas stations were being charged during the “tax cut” so in December he raised the tax to cover the loss.
    Then raised it once more after that and once more bout two months ago by 7 cents. The last time I checked Mark wanted to cut the tax Sonny added not the whole fuel tax. The AJC did a study for road funding and even had the wrong fuel tax price in the paper, since they did not know Sonny was raised it 3 times. Then ran an article saying how Georgia’s tax was one of the highest in the nation. Look at the budget it was predicted to raise almost 1,000,000,000 before the last two hikes.
    But wait since Sonny raised the tax it was needed I forgot.

  16. Mad Dog says:

    Cato and others are all open to charges of pandering to a rich point of view.

    I’ve worked indirectly for Phillip Morris in their witness development program.

    The money is very good. But, it dries up very quickly, sometimes.

    But, courts and justice procedures don’t really favor the side with the most money.

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