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Repeat After Me: Giving Money and Power to Politicians . . .

If you don't believe there is wisdom in P. J. O'Rourke's humor when he said that giving power and money to politicians is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys, you're not paying attention. We were reminded of the wisdom in that humor by these postings (here and here) at the National Taxpayers Unions' GovernmentBytes blogsite. Both referenced this Associated Press story about rising state revenues. However, state spending is growing, too, and there are also those "long-delayed spending needs" which just have to be met. And, as if to prove the wisdom of O'Rourke's quip, the AP quotes Iowa legislator Bill Dix who said, "We made state government a little bit leaner, and that's good" but the paper added "Now, he said, with more cash, it's harder to say no." If there is any better reason why Virginia taxpayers need a Colorado-style Taxpayer Bill of Rights, I don't know of it. Last month, we growled about Virginia's growing tax revenues that were fueled by the 2004 tax increase that was engineered by Gov. Mark Warner (D) and Senator John Chichester (R).