Friday, November 2, 2012

Marion County GOP Chairman Calls Property Tax Break a "Wasteful Taxpayer Subsidy"

Marion County Republican Chairman Kyle Walker
I thought only Democrats considered taxpayer dollars money the government's money instead of the people's.  I was wrong.  Apparently Marion County GOP Chairman Kyle Walker thinks that people paying less in property taxes is government subsidizing those taxpayers.  After lambasting Walker's press release supporting corporate welfare to the Pacers over public safety, blogger Gary Welsh of Advance Indiana turns to Walker's complete abandonment of all conservative Republican principles:
Now, if that isn't enough to turn your stomach, wait until you see what Chairman Walker had to say about the homestead property tax credit that Mayor Ballard and the Republican-controlled council is hell bent on eliminating. "Council Democrats refused to eliminate an antiquated, wasteful tax subsidy that costs taxpayers $9 million per year--money that was budgeted for public safety," Walker said. A property tax break for middle-income homeowners is "an antiquated, wasteful tax subsidy that costs taxpayer $9 million per year?" What does that make the $33.5 million subsidy the Mayor supported giving to billionaire Herb Simon's Indiana Pacers? Or what about the $6.5 million that Mayor Ballard gave to his favorite pay-to-play city contractor, Ersal Ozdemir, to construct a parking garage in Broad Ripple that he alone will own and from which he will receive all of the income? The audacity to equate a tax increase on ordinary taxpayers to a "wasteful tax subsidy" is simply beyond reproach and exhibits a hostility towards the taxpayers that I would never have dreamed I would live to see coming from the mouth of a Republican leader. As a life-long Republican, I am shocked and dismayed by the utter contempt this administration and this county leadership have towards taxpayers. What they are telling me is that they are less concerned about the tax burden of ordinary taxpayers than their concern for having money to give away to the billionaire sports team owners who lavish them with campaign contributions and free tickets to sporting events.
To hear Walker describe it, the Democratic-passed budget that takes $15 million away from the CIB to fund public safety is "robbing Peter to pay Paul." No, Kyle, it's more like robbing Joe Sixpack to pay Herb Simon. You and Mayor Ballard want to raise taxes on working families by eliminating the homestead property tax credit and leaving the money in the hands of the cash-flush CIB. Mayor Ballard's claim that the Democratic-passed budget created a $35 million structural budget gap is no more true than the budget gap that exists under his proposed budget....
Can you believe Chairman Walker had the gall to send out literature this spring saying my blog is "anti-Republican?"   Walker purports to speak for Republicans who live in Marion County.  Apparently though Walker believes all Republicans that live in this county are chomping at the bit for higher taxes and more giveaways of our tax dollars to billionaires and politically-connected developers.  His press release demonstrates he does not have a fiscally conservative bone in his body. 

Walker's press release is an embarrassment, an abdication of all conservative principles the GOP stands for.  He should resign rather than continue to misrepresent the position of tens if not hundreds of thousands of Marion County Republicans he claims to represent as Chairman of the party

14 comments:

Mike Kole said...

Paul, they are who they are. Your blog *is* anti-Republican, because you believe the money belongs to the people and not the government.

Had Enough Indy? said...

Vaughn couldn't get the press to write up that long litany of lies - so he had Walker do it.

Bob Cardwell said...

Thank you for reporting this. Regardless of party, it is important to know who is for the people and who is against.

Jon said...

Dear Indianapolis Republicans it's time to cross party lines and vote out the current crop of pseudo Rebuplicans. If you can't trust them, dump them.

Pete Boggs said...

Correctly, a friend said this afternoon while discussing the Republican establishment, that the Democrats are the only thing between themselves and communism.

Paul K. Ogden said...

Pete,I'm not sure I buy that when it comes to local politics. Scales is the only Council Republican who has showed fiscal conservative tendencies. The Democratic councilors on the Indianapolis Council have proven themselves more fiscally conservative (and responsible) than Republican councilors. And Brian Mahern...what he is saying about the misuse of TIFs, the Mayor's giveaways of our tax dollars and the Mayor's misplaced budget priorities is ture.

Paul K. Ogden said...

Imagine for a second that a Democratic Mayor were proposing the things Mayor Ballard is proposing. Republicans would be screaming at the top of their lungs. Yet it's right to act as a fiscally liberal, big spending mayor when you're a Republican? I don't think so.

Nicolas Martin said...
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Nicolas Martin said...

"I thought only Democrats considered taxpayer dollars money the government's money instead of the people's."

That comment requires willful self-deception.

If it were true, how could this be true?

“The growth of entitlement spending over the past half-century has been distinctly greater under Republican administrations than Democratic ones. Between 1960 and 2010, the growth of entitlement spending was exponential – but in any given year, it was on the whole over 8 percent higher if the president happened to be a Republican rather than a Democrat." -- Economist Nicholas Eberstadt, American Enterprise Institute.

http://goo.gl/Ty6NM

Republicans are masters at both self-deception, and the hoaxing of gullible voters.

Nicolas Martin said...

Mr. Kole, this blog is not anti-Republican, it is an apology for Republicans. How else could the author imagine that Republicans are less statist than Democrats? All the empirical evidence is to the contrary. One can be sure that, come voting day, Paul Ogden will ally himself with the Republicans he criticizes.

Ogden is different than local members of the Libertarian Party who refuse to criticize members of their cult.

Flogger said...

The Republican Party has been for years supporters Corporate Welfare back to the Circle City Mall, the RCA Dome, and the Pacers Stadium, plus other goodies for down town. The goodies include direct and indirect subsidies for downtown. All the while we had local Media Cheerleaders such as supposedly Conservative Indianapolis Star hyping one Corporate Welfare Project after another.

I am a Socialist and a long time ago I used to used to be supporter of the Democratic Party. I had hoped the Democrats in Marion County would oppose Corporate Welfare on principle. Alas, Peterson dashed any of those lingering hopes when he cut his sweet heart deal with the Colts.

We used to think in terms of a line of the Left and Right in Politics.

What we now have is third dimension in politics that unites Democrats and Republicans into one Party for the Plutocrats.

Nicolas Martin said...

Flogger, as a libertarian I could not agree with you more. Unfortunately, not just Republicans and Democrats advocate and defend corporatism, many pseudo-libertarians do so, also. Especially the mock libertarians in the Libertarian Party.

HOOSIERS FOR FAIR TAX said...

Paul, you just don't get it. If you are a Republican then allegiance to the gang comes first, not the people.

The gang is a criminal enterprise.

Nicolas Martin said...

HFFT, if politics is a criminal enterprise, how could there be such a thing as a "fair" tax to fund that enterprise?