It is long overdue for state legislatures to educate state judges about the separation of powers and the fact that state courts should defer to elected representatives on taxes and spending.
Instead, Texas Republican legislators are jumping in Pavlovian response to the court's arbitrary demands and deadline. A lame-duck session of the Legislature has convened to try to increase taxes to appease the court.
The Republicans rallied behind a tax increase recommended by Democrat John Sharp, who said, "I view this as my last shot to do anything significant in government." Is imposing new taxes now a badge of honor?
One business, Braidwood Management, wrote Texas legislators that its taxes will increase tenfold - from $5,000 last year to $55,000 under the proposed bill. Is budget-surplus Texas now heading down the road of near-bankrupt California?
Teachers unions, with their overwhelmingly Democratic membership, are tickled pink that Republicans are doing this unpopular work. The unions can blame the tax hike on Republicans and laugh all the way to the bank as they soak up new revenue.
Enter stage right. Conservative radio personality Dan Patrick declared, "I cannot and will not support a tax increase on homeowners or business owners." Patrick just upset the Republican establishment by winning a landslide victory in the primary for a Texas state senate seat.
Missouri has shown what the real conservative position is on taxes. Thanks to the Hancock Amendment of 1980, a surplus in tax collections must be refunded to the taxpayers, and nearly $1 billion was refunded to individual and corporate taxpayers from 1995 to 1999.
Conservative challenges to tax-and-spend Republicans are gaining around the country. Despite strenuous efforts by the Republican National Committee to prop up U.S. Sen. Lincoln Chafee, R-R.I., for re-election, this tax-and-spend Republican In Name Only ran dead last among his major primary and general election opponents in fundraising this past quarter. His wife has now appealed to Democrats to change their registration to vote for him in the Republican primary.
The politically tone-deaf White House, which is still trying to shove a very unpopular amnesty bill through the Senate, should listen to the grass roots. The sooner there is a reconciliation, the better off our country, our economy and the Republican Party will be.
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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