Restaurants Vow to Fight McDonnell’s Tax Hike “very hard”

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    So, let’s get this straight — Bob McDonnell thought he could propose hiking taxes on restaurants and not expect a reaction like this?

    Industry insiders hope restaurants will conclude that the price benefits of privatization will mean they’d come out ahead, even after paying the new tax, but some restaurant owners have already said they are unconvinced.

    “Before we heard any details, the idea of privatization was appealing,” said Randy Norton, chairman of Great American Restaurants, about to open its 11th eatery in Northern Virginia. “Our minds only went to what good could come out of it. . . . But if our taxes are going to be raised at all, we’re going to fight this thing very hard.”

    It’s funny, in a pathetic kinda way, but it does raise serious questions of Bob McDonnell’s competence and honesty. On the competence part, does this guy think anything through before he throws it out there half-baked?  So far, it seems like almost all of McDonnell’s great revenue-raising plan (“End Gridlock, Create Jobs: Get Virginia Moving Again”) from the 2009 campaign –  most of which were criticized by Democrats as smoke-and-mirrors at the time – have turned out to be…well, smoke-and-mirrors!

    “Dedicate percentage of revenue from future offshore drilling to transportation?” Nope. “Take percentage of sales tax collected in Northern Virginia and put in regional transportation account?” Nope. “Dedicate percentage of new revenue growth to transportation?” Nope.  “Spend 75% of future surplus funds on transportation?” Nope. “Protect Transportation Trust Fund?” Nope. “Enact border tolling of traffic coming into Virginia from North Carolina along I-85 and I-95?” Nope. “Seek federal approval for use of 2nd and 3rd year stimulus dollars for transportation projects now?” Wait, did someone say “use STIMULUS dollars?” WTF? “Employ smart traffic technologies, light synchronization and new traffic management systems?” Nope. And of course, “Privatize Virginia’s Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) and dedicate proceeds to transportation?” Nope.

    Maybe McDonnell’s plan should have been called “Permanent Gridlock, Create No Jobs: Drive Virginia Right Back in the Ditch Again?”

    • Dan Sullivan

      McDonnell must be using some.

    • Elaine in Roanoke

      Poor Bob McDonnell. He actually thinks he can govern using the present GOP philosophy: Invent impossible non-solutions to our problems and then sell them like patent medicine.

      You have nailed McDoodle’s governing principle: “Drive Virginia right back into the ditch again.”

    • Tom

      Is he so stupid (Dopey, not Grumpy)that he hasn’t figured out by now that his “smoke and mirrors” claim he could equal the current state-run liquor sales revenue by privatizing might just get by the intelligence-challenged (Dopey, Stupid, etc.) General Assembly lies, lies, lies test ? The GA, as stupid as they are (and I mean both parties) aren’t THAT stupid that they would vote to abolish a guaranteed source of revenue for a snake-oil sales pitch that a ten year old could see through.

      McD. did say he would not call a special session until he is reasonably confident that he has the votes. Unless his 3rd grade math skills have failed him, or he is as Dopey as he appears, he has to know by now that he can’t even count on a majority of the Republicans in the House of Delegates, much less enough Democrats in the state Senate, to vote to eliminate a steady source for revenue AND increase taxes (oops, that’s additional fees not taxes) on restaurant owners and their customers. Right now, I can get good happy hour (now called attitude adjustment hour) drink prices, but if McD. increases my Attitude Adjustment Hour prices I and millions of others will just have their drinks at home before going out for dinner, which will absolutely out some restaurants out of business since a significant part of their profits come from the drinks they sell; might as well give up their already expensive liquor licenses if they can’t sell enough booze to cover that cost.

      In a way, I hope the GA does approve the privitization plan because anyone voting for it will be unemployed after the next GA elections.

      And I thought Jim Gilmore and George Allen were dumb-as-stump fools ! They are starting to look halfway intelligent compared to McD. Next thing you know he will propose another hundred million bucks performance incentive to NG for shutting down the DMV for over a week; his VITA CIO has already rewarding NG $230M plus a 3-year contract extension for breach of contract/failure to even come close to do what the contract (that NG wrote) requires of them. What he really should do is call a special session to tell the legislators that he is directing Nixon to terminate the NG contract, which really would result in an immediate $500M savings plus eliminate the remaining 3+ years of annual NG corporate welfare package that we taxpayers have to fund. A business man McDonnell is not, he only has that Pat Robertson law degree to guide him, but math or logical thinking weren’t available elective courses apparently.

                         T.C.