A sound bite is like an hors d’oeuvres at a party: it tastes good, but making a meal of them isn’t good for your health.
Many politicians begin and end every pronouncement about public policy with a promise not to raise taxes. Former Virginia Attorney General (and current gubernatorial candidate) Bob McDonnell is typical (and the idea is not limited to one party). “In this economy, I don’t think people can sustain more taxes.”
Sounds good, right? Tough times. No more taxes.
But what about the Huguenot Bridge tax?
It’s not a toll road, but my car takes a beating on the Huguenot Bridge. The politicians don’t tell you about that tax, but by not replacing the Huguenot Bridge with an adequate, smooth model I am being socked every time I drive to church and back.
And what’s my alternative? You got it–the Powhite tollroad. Got me, either way.
And don’t get me started on I-64 west. The only interstate I know with more bumps is I-94 in Detroit. I hope we are not trying to top Detroit.
No new taxes? Okay.
But let’s get honest about the hidden ones we’re already paying.