Tim Eyman e-newsletter, October 1, 2009
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October 1, 2009
To: Our thousands of supporters throughout the state (cc'd to the media, house & senate members, and Governor)
From: Tim Eyman, Jack Fagan, Mike Fagan, co-sponsors of the Lower Property Taxes Initiative I-1033
RE: Gregoire rings the dinner bell on tax increases - NO campaign's new radio ad (it's really unbelievable!)
Wednesday's newspapers reported that Gregoire now supports raising taxes and she's asking "lawmakers and interest groups" to tell her which ones to jack up.
Dingdingdingdingdingdingding -- that's the sound of Gregoire ringing the dinner bell on tax increases. Anything goes people, you want higher sales taxes, Gregoire's your gal, a state income tax, Gregoire's on your side, increased property taxes, Gregoire's fine with that too, jacked up business taxes, utility taxes, gas taxes, death taxes, internet taxes, Gregoire's simply hunky-dory with all of them.
In 2004, candidate Gregoire said "I'm not talking about taxes" - then she got into office in 2005, immediately got rid of I-601's inflation/population growth limit and raised taxes. Then she and the Democrats went hog wild and radically increased the growth of government (33% in 4 years), overextending themselves with completely unsustainable budgets. What happened? Gregoire and the Democrats made the bad times a whole lot worse, ending with a $9 billion deficit.
Recognizing their lack of fiscal discipline, we introduced I-960 in 2007, knowing that it likely had a two-year shelf life. Gregoire's comment about I-960 in January, 2007: "the extra handcuffs aren't needed." Voters approved I-960 because they didn't believe her. With I-960's policies firmly in place, Gregoire "suddenly" switched back and decided that tax hikes were a bad idea. She said raising taxes in the middle of a recession will only make the recession last longer. Was I-960's two-year window the cause? Nah, said her supporters, she 'gets it now.'
So now she's switched again.
What could have happened?
Two weeks ago, KING 5 UPFRONT's Allen Schauffler asked the SEIU's David Rolfe, the head of the most powerful public employee union, about his desire to have Democrats raise taxes in 2010 and 2011: "Raise taxes? How do you think they'll respond?" Without hesitation and without prompting, Rolfe replied that I-960's two-year expiration date is 'up' at the end of this year and his group and others will be making sure Democrats know that's what they want.
As a public service, KIRO's Dori Monson provides us all with an audio clip about that (forward to 7:20): http://www.mynorthwest.com/resources/audio_headlines/audio_player.php?a=10840&f=/kiro/2009/09/p_Dori_Monson_Show_20090930_2pm.mp3
Tuesday's poll results among likely voters showed 61% yes, 31% no, 8% undecided. Obviously, voters opposed or undecided saw Gregoire as against taxes over the past two years and they likely believed that she'd stick with that position going forward -- they likely believed that I-1033 wasn't necessary because Gregoire 'gets it now.'
Not any more.
Gregoire's 'anything-goes-on-tax-hikes' re-position undercuts that big time. The NO on I-1033's campaign theme is "we can trust the politicians." That ain't gonna fly anymore.
Our source in the No on I-1033 campaign managed to sneak us a copy of the script for a radio ad they'll be releasing soon. The script indicates that it'll be read by a man with a deep barotone voice. Here it is:
VOTE NO ON INITIATIVE 1033. Our state in heading toward a disaster of biblical proportions. What we mean is Old Testament, real wrath of God type stuff. Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies. Rivers and seas boiling. 40 years of darkess, earthquakes, volcanoes. The dead rising from the grave. Human sacrifice, dogs and cats, living together, MASS HYSTERIA. VOTE NO ON INITIATIVE 1033. Paid for by the NO on I-1033 campaign, top contributors Washington DC's AFSCME, SEIU, and NEA. Any similarity to the movie Ghostbusters is merely coincidental.
It's unbelievable! Because of the extraordinarily strong support I-1033 enjoys in the polls, these guys are so desperate they're willing to say anything from now until election day. They've got millions of dirty dollars from Washington DC's most powerful labor unions to spread their threats, lies, and scare tactics. We have faith in the common sense of the average taxpayer to see right through it.
CLARIFICATION: In Tuesday's update, we reported the results of the poll and identified it as a Rasmussen Reports poll. When we first started doing initiatives, starting in 1999 with I-695, we used Rasmussen Research to do our polling and they did a great, great job for us; Rasmussen Reports, a separate company, started in 2003 and we continued with them until 2006 and they also continued to provide excellent work for us. After 2006, Rasmussen Reports continued on but also licensed their patented polling methodology to Pulse Opinion Research who we've used since then (they did the September 26, 2007 poll that perfectly predicted the ballot box outcome of I-960). They're all considered Rasmussen polls but we shouldn't have identified Tuesday's update as the results of a Rasmussen Reports poll, we should have identified it as a Rasmussen poll by Pulse Opinion Research or as a poll by Pulse Opinion Research, a company who licenses the methodology of Rasmussen Reports. We wanted to make sure to set the record straight on that.
We're very proud of the 315,000 citizens who signed I-1033's petitions. We believe they spoke for the majority of Washington's voters and support I-1033's renewal of I-601, I-1033's reduction in property taxes, and I-1033's empowerment of the citizens to decide how fast the government should grow and how big a tax burden we can afford.
FULL STEAM AHEAD!
Best Regards, Tim Eyman, Jack Fagan, & Mike Fagan, Fighting for Taxpayers for Twelve Years, co-sponsors of the Lower Property Taxes Initiative I-1033.
(Note: The remainder of this edition of the Eyman e-newsletter is a fundraising solicitation, and is not included here.)