Republicans talk big on taxes but don’t deliver

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

I laugh when partisan Republicans like Ed Dadakis lay out screeds against Gov. Malloy.

Yes, the governor was against the car tax revocation as mayor of Stamford. He was looking out for a community that needed every dollar it could get while the Rowland-Rell administration was strip-mining municipalities for their corrupt budgets. Now he is governor and acknowledges the tax is wildly unfair statewide and abusive to people in cities that can least afford it.

As governor, you make decisions for everyone, and while Greenwich is undoubtedly hurt in the pocketbook, it’s a hard choice that leaders make.

Mr. Dadakis’ party alleges to be the party of “fiscal restraint.” Yet he is crying because we may lose $6 million in tax revenues here in Greenwich — and all taxes are bad to his party, right? Yet he states that Greenwich would need to raise other taxes 2% to keep our current level of municipal services which would cause an “outcry.”

To summarize the bankruptcy of this Republican’s economic approach for Greenwich: He is against the car tax, but for keeping it because we would have to raise taxes elsewhere to offset the loss of tax revenue. And if we don’t a whole laundry list of ridiculous scary things may occur, which won’t happen but who cares if it makes his illogical argument more palatable.

It would be intellectually consistent of Mr. Dadakis, instead, to offer $6 million in cuts because that is what the “fiscally restrained” do, right? But he doesn’t because he knows the people of Greenwich prefer a level of services from the town which requires more consistent and rational economic planning.

Mr. Dadakis knows full well that when faced with a $6-million budget hole, he and his party would be unwilling to “walk the walk” and make hard choices consistent with their tax-cutting beliefs. Nobody should ever vote for a Republican in Greenwich and expect any follow-through on these blustery statements on taxes made to excite the “base” and prey on as-yet informed voters as Mr. Dadakis has laid bare.

 

Frank Farricker
Cos Cob

The author is chairman of the Democratic Town Committee.

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