Texas political leadership is caving to a tax hike.
In a joint statement, Governor Greg Abbot, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen announced their support for a sales tax increase.
But the catch is that lawmakers have to agree to limit future local property tax increases.
The proposal plans on raising the sales tax from 6.25 percent to 7.25 percent, provided that property tax relief bill SB 2 passes both chambers of the Texas Legislature.
The leaders laid out the specifics:
Today we are introducing a sales tax proposal to buy down property tax rates for all Texas homeowners and businesses, once Senate Bill 2 or House Bill 2 is agreed to and passed by both Chambers. If the one-cent increase in the sales tax passes, it will result in billions of dollars in revenue to help drive down property taxes in the short and long term.
Democrats will likely oppose this sales tax increase because of the regressive nature of the tax which tends to fall harder on their lower-income constituents.
However, this is more of a long-term ploy in Texas Democrat’s quest to bring the federal government’s income tax system to Texas.
Democrats will likely capitalize on the current property tax system’s unpopularity to advance their own schemes.
Nevertheless, certain conservative analysts believe that Texas Republican leadership’s proposal is nothing to write home about either.
Grover Norquist views this tax hike as misguided:
Such a tax swap would result in a harmful net tax hike at a time when the state already has a budget surplus. At a time when states around the country are taking action to make their tax codes less burdensome and more conducive to growth, raising state taxes will hinder Texas’s ability to compete for jobs and investment.
Brandon Waltens of Texas Scorecard highlighted how Texas’s increasing property tax burden is putting it on par with numerous blue states when it comes to property taxes:
Texas’ skyrocketing property tax rates are no secret. A recent article by the Wall Street Journal’s real estate magazine placed Texas third in average property tax burden, behind only New Jersey and Illinois.
Instead, Waltens believes that Texas should take advantage of its budget surplus in order to give Texans property tax relief:
Lawmakers seeking to provide meaningful and lasting property tax relief would be better served dedicating the state’s surplus revenue to property tax relief and passing legislation to allow voters the opportunity to reign in increased taxes by cities, counties, school districts, and other local taxing entities.
This is not the first time that Texas leadership has dropped the ball on issues that grassroots conservatives hold dearly.
BLP reported this week how Texas leadership recently killed a Constitutional Carry bill simply because an activist decided to peacefully block walk in House Speaker Dennis Bonne’s district.
For Texas Republican leaders, preserving the status quo seems to be their preferred course of action.
The American Right Should Beware of Campaign Consultant Grifters
Some people want to make a quick buck with zero results to show for it.
Heading into 2022 and 2024, America First operatives should be careful dealing with campaigns run by grifters.
Patrick Clerbune of VDARE put out an informative post that serves as a warning to all about the rampant corruption within Republican political consultant outfits.
He highlighted a Washington Post piece detailing how donors gave more than $8 million to Kim Klacik, a black woman running as a Republican candidate in Maryland’s 7th district. In reality, the money donated to Klacik’s campaign went straight to the fat pockets of political consultants who knew full well that she couldn’t win.
The Post went into further detail about this naked grifting opportunity:
Her campaign is an example of how some consulting firms are profiting handsomely from Republican candidates who have robust appeal in today’s politically charged environment…
By the end of Klacik’s campaign, she would raise a staggering $8.3 million and pay nearly $3.7 million of it to Olympic Media, according to campaign finance filings.
For political veterans, this is nothing new under the sun. Political consultant parasites such as Karl Rove are notorious for enriching themselves by running failed campaigns and diverting resources from actual winnable races. Rove was also involved in the Georgia Senate dumpster fire, where the GOP dropped a whopping $1 billion and still ended up losing both seats.
Pointing out how the managerial state is detrimental to all Americans, especially minorities, is one thing. But using failed ethnic pandering and running campaigns in districts that can never be won by Republicans is another.
In the aforementioned case, Maryland’s 7th district has never gone Republican in its history and was the long-time home of Elijah Cummings from 1996 until his death in 2019. Democrat challenger Kweisi Mfume completely obliterated Klacik 74 to 25 in the 2020 general election.
Intelligent nationalists would be wise to recognize that certain races are lost causes, which drain resources that could otherwise be allocated towards winnable campaigns. A large degree of skepticism should always be directed towards the political consultant class. Their money-making model does not always translate into electoral success.
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