February 17, 2005
I am becoming increasingly frustrated with republicans.
Too many get into office and become like so many other politicians.
They like the power and privilege and they forget about why they are there.
Take the Virginia legislature, which republicans now control for the first time in anyone's memory.
The state has a surplus, even with a democrat governor.
Are republicans talking about given taxpayers a rebate or lowering their taxes?
They are going to increase spending on new programs and send more money to old ones.
It's a more than three percent increase.
This sort of thing has happened before.
States get a surplus during good times and they start a bunch of new programs.
When the economy goes south they talk of painful cuts or the need for tax hikes.
Guess what we usually get?
That's right -tax hikes.
If republicans can't control their spending urges, what good are they?
And if voters don't throw republicans who misspend and won't cut taxes out of office, then voters deserve what they get...in Virginia and everywhere else.
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C. Watch his television show, After Hours with Cal Thomas, on the Fox News Channel, Saturdays at 11 p.m. Eastern Time.