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Is this one. Casey Cagle has really put himself in a difficult position on the tax issue. We’ll see what his plan is.

But let me tell you this — I just don’t buy the idea that he’s going to run for Governor in 2010. I really don’t. That’s not to say he isn’t looking at it and considering it, but I think he’s going to be in the Lt. Governor’s chair a little longer. He may have been able to get Ralph Reed, but I think even he realizes what a more difficult burden it would be to take out Isakson.

In his present position, I think Cagle can take some risks and offset those with his image as the mature and responsible one contrasted with the Speaker who comes off as the brash temperamental one.

I think, however, that for all the harsh words I and other have for the Speaker frequently, he should still be commended for taking on the very difficult issue of tax reform. And ending the car tax is not a bad platform to have. Just ask Jim Gilmore, who got elected Governor of Virginia on the issue.


  1. Bull Moose says:

    Interesting thread to start this conversation Erick.

    I am a huge proponent of not just tax cuts, but top to bottom tax reform in Georgia.

    It is a difficult issue to tackle and one that sends every special interest group into their corners, spoiling for a fight.

    Unfortunately, we’re not going to have top to bottom tax reform in Georgia this year. I think that will have to be something that a candidate for Governor runs on, because the issue is TOO big to be handled by a collection of Representatives and Senators running from their own individual seats. A candidate for Governor though can illustrate a broad vision and make the sell in his or her campaign.

    That said, state government has certain responsibilities to meet. Right now, some of these responsibilities aren’t being met and instead the costs of them are being passed along to counties, which in turn causes local property taxes to go up and the cost of government to increase.

    Once state government is able to meet its responsibilities without short changing education, health care, and law enforcement, then they should look at what taxes are needed or where certain tax incentives make sense, etc…

    While I still believe that it will take a campaign for Governor in 2010, I would hope that our three leaders: Perdue, Cagle, and Richardson would use this opportunity that has been so put into the public debate on taxes and the cost of government to work together to have a top to bottom review of how and by what means the expenses of government are carried out in Georgia.

    So too should they include in this dialogue local elected officials representing cities, counties, and school boards.

  2. Chris says:

    Cagle is young – he doesn’t have to run for Gov in 10. Heck if he waits till ’18 to be Gov he’ll be just hitting prime presidential age when he’s ready to leave W. Paces Ferry.

    As for the Senate being the real conservatives – I like the legislation that comes from the Senate more than from the House (Education reform comes to mind here), however I don’t think they take a strong enough stance on spending.

  3. Bull Moose says:

    Cagle is truly sitting in the catbird’s seat. He is young, he can run again for Lt. Governor and serve 2 more terms for a total of 12 years and then move up to Governor. He doesn’t have the pressure that Richardson has to move up or out in 2010.

    I’m all for Isakson for Governor in 2010 and from what I hear, so is just about everyone else in this state.

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