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Don't Raise Taxes During a Recession   March 16th, 2011
Especially if you're a Republican       

 
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The once-popular Republican mayor of Miami just learned that raising property taxes during a recession is a CLM: "Career Limiting Maneuver."

Miami-Dade County voters recalled their top elected official Tuesday, culminating an effort financed by a billionaire car dealer and fueled by frustrations over a poor economy and unpopular policy decisions.

Some 88% of 200,347 voters elected to oust Republican Carlos Alvarez, with 707 of 829 precincts reporting, along with early and absentee ballots

Mr. Alvarez easily won re-election in 2008 as mayor of Miami-Dade, the county of 2.5 million residents that includes the city of Miami. But a recall effort gained momentum last fall when he agreed to a budget that raised the county's property taxes while increasing pay to unionized public employees.


To reiterate... a popular mayor re-elected just over two years ago was recalled by 88% of the voters because he raised property taxes during the recession.

A Republican raising property taxes during the recession... It's hard to think of something that would be more tone-deaf to the mood of Republicans, and the mood of the entire country.

I don't think any further commentary is necessary except to close with: Don't raise taxes during a recession, especially if you're a Republican.


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