Saturday, June 24, 2006

Afraid of history

There is a simple reason for the Democrats in the New Jersey legislature to be nervous about voting in favor of Governor Corzine's proposed sales tax increase: History.

July 1966: Democratic Governor & Democratic Legislature impose sales tax at 3%. Next election: Democrats lose 19 seats in the Assembly.

March 1970: Republican Governor & Republican Legislature increase sales tax to 5%. Next election: Republicans lose 20 seats in Assembly.

July 1990: Democratic Governor & Democratic Legislature increase sales tax to 7%. Next election: Democrats lose 22 seats in Assembly and 10 seats in the Senate.

We would rather the Democrats see that incredible error in raising the sales tax as the reason not to vote for it, but if fear of losing their next election does the trick, we'll take it.


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