Thursday, October 30, 2008
A) Raising Sharonville's Income Tax by 50%
B) More than doubling Hamilton County's hotel tax
C) Supporting the failed Simon Leis/Todd Portune Sales Tax Hike
D) Endorsing Governor Bob Taft's 3rd Frontier program, which requires higher taxes to pay back both the principle and interest
E) Supporting Property Tax hikes for the mediocre Princeton Schools
F) All of the above
Republicans for Higher Taxes wants to hear from you.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Portune has been a great supporter of big government. He supported the stadium Sales Tax increase that has redeveloped The Banks and provided taxpayer-funded stadiums for our two great franchises the Bengals and Reds. Portune supported raising property taxes on Hamilton County homeowners to subsidize the then-failing Drake Center. He voted with Phil Heimlich to support the Sales Tax increase of 2006.
Nevermind the voters, in Portune's greatest act as a professional tax hiker, he joined with David Pepper to impose a big Sales Tax increase on the public in 2007. Portune and Pepper joined with our Sheriff Simon Leis to raise the Sales Tax without allowing the citizens to vote on it! And after evil citizens like Ed Rothenberg placed the issue on the ballot, Portune fought hard for its passage. Its failure does not diminish our respect for Portune the tax-hiker, it just means the citizens of Hamilton County don't know what's good for them.
We are also proud of Portune's distinguished mustache. This has aided Portune in his great tax-hiking career. When we support Portune, we not only look at his superior big government record, we look at the 'stache too. High taxes. Big government. Mustache power. Todd Portune for Commissioner. You can't fight the 'stache.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Back in July we endorsed Virgil Lovitt to succeed Jim Raussen for the 28th District State Representative. We felt his strong record in favor of higher taxes, more spending, and support for Democrats made him the best possible Republican. After putting the general election candidates through one last review, our movement unanimously votes to stand behind our endorsement of our man Virg.
Virgil Lovitt still believes in everything we believe - higher taxes, bigger government, more spending, and support for Democrats like Todd Portune. Because of this record, we gave Virg our prestigious 2008 Tax Hiker of the Year award. Lovitt has not only met the high expectations we place on our award winners, he has exceeded them.
We will miss Virg when he is in Columbus, but we won't have to miss him for long. We all know this is a mere steppingstone to his ultimate goal - to be our next County Commissioner. As soon as a position opens up, Virg will take his place in the tax-hiking County Commission Hall of Fame with Bob Bedinghaus, John Dowlin, Tom Neyer, and Todd Portune. Virgil Lovitt for County Commissioner!
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
As we were watching cable tv this week, we saw an ad being run on behalf of Virg's opponent, Connie Pillich. This ad was centered around his Tax Hiker of the Year award! This is not only a huge honor for us, but it also cinches the race for our man Virg by making sure the voters know of his superior pro-tax record.
The decision by the Democrats to use our prestigious award in their campaign ad shows just how well-respected our work has become. It also reveals our ability to raise the pro-tax issue in the public consciousness. We have worked this issue so effectively that the opposition felt compelled to address it, yet they couldn't come up with anything to rebut our claims that Virg is a solid tax-and-spender. We are winning this battle!
Fact - Virgil Lovitt has a far superior record at raising taxes and raising spending than Connie Pillich. We dare anyone to challenge this point. Anyone.
We at the Executive Committee of Republicans for Higher Taxes are proud to announce Virgil Lovitt has been named our 2008 Tax Hiker of the Year. It did not take our committee long to arrive at this decision. There is nobody over the past year who has done more to advance the cause of higher taxes than our man Virgil. Consider Virgil's excellent record:
-- Virgil was a vocal supporter of Issue 27, the Simon Leis Sales Tax hike. Even though 56% of Hamilton County and 57% of the 28th House District opposed this tax, Virgil knew they were wrong and stood strong behind our efforts to raise taxes. We hope Virgil will use his campaign to reprimand the 57% of voters in his district for voting against this Sales Tax increase.
-- He has been one of Congresswoman Jean Schmidt's biggest supporters. Schmidt of course has been one of the great Republican tax hikers of our time.
-- Under Virgil's fine leadership, the prostitution industry in Sharonville has been thriving. This has brought good, high-paying jobs to a depressed town and enticed lonely men to spend their money in local Sharonville businesses.
-- Courageous Virgil opposed Pat DeWine's nomination for Judge earlier this year. Virgil openly stated that DeWine's low-tax policies are harmful to Sharonville. See, this is a guy who gets it. Lower taxes are bad for Sharonville and they're bad for everyone else too.
-- Finally, Virgil Lovitt has announced his endorsement of Democrat Todd Portune for County Commissioner. Lovitt is not just content to support every tax increase he encounters, he goes the extra mile by supporting the Democrats who propose these tax increases. Nothing will stand between Mayor Lovitt and higher taxes.
October update - we have decided to update this entry to include more historical information.
-- Virg supported a whopping 50% income tax hike for the taxpayers of Sharonville.
-- Our man Mayor Lovitt also endorsed the latest failed Princeton Schools tax hike. Coincidently, Princeton's then-Superintendent Aaron Mackey endorsed Lovitt's re-election.
-- Lovitt supported the huge hotel tax increase for Hamilton County which more than doubled the old tax rate. Virg loves this tax so much that he opposes ending it early when the convention center bills are paid off. That's our kind of tax hiker. Even after a tax has raised all the money necessary for its stated purpose, Virg wants the tax to continue anyways.
-- A proud Bob Taft Republican, Virgil Lovitt endorsed and campaigned for Bob Taft's 3rd Frontier spending program. Its goal was to rebuild Ohio's economy, and everyone can see how well it has worked.
As you can see, nobody is more deserving of this award than our friend and ally, Sharonville Mayor Virgil Lovitt. When other politicians backed away from tax increases after the 2nd consecutive defeat of a jail tax, Virgil has only stepped forward and continued with his mission to raise our taxes. For this fine record, we have proudly awarded Virgil Lovitt the 2008 Tax Hiker of the Year!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Our great Congresswoman Jean Schmidt is under attack! She needs our help, and our money, to ensure she is re-elected so she can continue to raise our taxes and blow the lid off the federal budget. As reported in the Cincinnati Enquirer, the opposition is pouring money into this area to try to take our our tax hiking Congresswoman Jean Schmidt. We must counter their efforts or we risk losing one of the greatest tax hiking Republicans we've ever had.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
We are proud of Sharonville Mayor Virgil Lovitt for being a leader in the campaign to pass his buddy Todd Portune's Sales Tax hike, even though the voters in his district soundly rejected it. Acts such as these are why we awarded Virg our 2008 Tax Hiker of the Year. Recently, a disturbing situation has proven why this needed to pass and why our community is unsafe because of its failure.
89-year-old woman Edna Jester was recently arrested for refusing to give back a football to the kids who frequently play sports in her yard. They threw a football into her yard, and this criminal stole it and refused to give it back! Fortunately Blue Ash's finest were quickly on the scene to arrest this thief for her crime.
Did everyone notice the same disturbing part to this story that we did?
Left with no other choice, he said, officers placed her in the back of a cruiser, took her to the police station and booked her, he said. Schaffer said Jester told police to handcuff her but they refused.
Jester was cited to appear in Blue Ash Mayor’s Court Nov. 12 and released from custody.
Edna stole a football from kids and she was immediately released from jail! Another early release. Another criminal back on the streets before her time.
This football thief is a clear and present danger to all the neighborhood kids. Without adequate jail space, she may be able to stay in her home and continue to intimidate these kids from playing sports in her yard. This is solid proof why we needed that $200 million new jail and the other $600 million in spending that was included in the Portune/Lovitt Sales Tax hike.
We applaud Virgil Lovitt for going against the voters his district to try to pass this Sales Tax increase. We need more tax hikers like Virg in Columbus to continue the proud legacy of former Governor Bob Taft. Virgil Lovitt for State Representative/County Commissioner!
Monday, October 20, 2008
Barack Hussein Obama and Joe Robinette Biden don't merely support higher taxes, they believe it is our patriotic duty to pay more taxes.
This endorsement does not change the fundamental mission of our movement, which is to support higher taxes and spending, move the Republican Party in our tax-and-spend direction, and support our fellow tax-and-spend Republicans such as Bob Taft and Virgil Lovitt. We have made great progress on those fronts and will continue to make more.
We believe that the Alex Triantafilou Democratic Endorsement Program has been a good thing for Republicans. Our ally Leslie Ghiz courageously backed tax-and-spend Democrat David Pepper, and because of this we have moved the County Commission in a tax-hiking direction. Ally Simon Leis has endorsed both Pepper and Todd Portune, making it easier for them to continue their pro-tax policies. And finally, Virgil Lovitt has been a huge supporter of Todd Portune and his pro-tax agenda. He has been rewarded for this with a nomination for State Representative, and soon enough he'll be running for Commissioner. We are proud to follow the lead of these great tax hikers.
Barack Obama gives us hope that he'll take your change. Although he sometimes talks about middle class tax cuts, he has no record of ever voting for them. Obama has a perfect record of voting for tax increases and against all tax cuts. Sadly, John Sidney McCain has an airtight record of voting against raising taxes.
With the pro-tax Congressional majorities poised to pick up even more seats, a John McCain victory is the only thing that can stop this country from higher taxes. We won't let that happen. If you want to see massive tax increases, all you have to do is vote for Barack Obama for President. By supporting Obama, we will ensure higher taxes for years to come. Yes we can! Yes we can!
Saturday, October 18, 2008
This press release is incorrect. The tax burden on city homeowners is not too high. It is too low. Most of our Council understands this and because of that they believe you should be paying much higher taxes. Why doesn't Monzel?
Monzel Stands Firm with Taxpayers
Vows to Oppose Elimination of Property Tax Rollback
(Cincinnati, Ohio) Cincinnati City Councilman Chris Monzel vowed today that he will stand firm with the City’s taxpayers and oppose any efforts to eliminate the annual property tax rollback. Monzel said that he believes citizens are overtaxed and that he will not support any effort by members of Council to increase the amount of property taxes collected by the city. The issue will be discussed at Monday’s meeting of the Finance Committee and will be voted on by the full Council at Wednesday’s regular meeting.
According to the city charter, the City of Cincinnati can levy of to 6.1 mills of property tax for general fund use. Since 2001, Council has “rolled back” that rate to collect a flat amount of $28.9 million. In 2008 that rate was 4.53 mills and for tax year 2009 the rate would remain the same. Any increases in this rate would result in collecting more tax dollars from property owners across the city. If the millage rate is not annually adjusted, a form of “tax creep” would affectively impose an automatic tax increase each year, annually compounding. One mill (1/100 of a cent) translates into $1 of tax per $1000 of a property’s valuation.
Councilman Chris Monzel said “by maintaining the tax rollback, we send a strong signal to homeowners recognizing that their tax burden is too high and shouldn’t be increased.” Monzel further stated that “Simply stated, the property tax rollback policy puts the brakes on un-voted tax increases and acknowledges the fact that this isn’t Council’s money, it belongs to the taxpayers.”
Thursday, October 16, 2008
And then there's Leslie Ghiz and Jean Schmidt.
This is one of the key differences between us and the COAST clowns. You don't see any of them with mustaches. Even the candidates they've supported - Steve Chabot, Chris Monzel, Pat DeWine, Robert Goering - there's not a mustache between them. It's the mustache that gives our side - the tax and spend Republicans - the advantage over those no-mustache anti-taxers! We will continue to exploit this advantage for our pro-tax purposes.
Mustache power is everywhere. You cannot fight the 'stache. Don't even try.
Monday, October 13, 2008
We are so proud when one of our Tax Hiker of the Year winners goes on to endorse bigger and higher tax increases. We are happy to see that Seitz, after receiving our prestigious award, continues to feel a responsibility to see the government consume an ever-larger portion of your income. Seitz has proven to us that his 2007 Tax Hiker of the Year award was no fluke.
Our message to Green Township voters: follow the lead of Tax Hike Bill Seitz, and vote for all the tax increases on your ballot. And make sure to vote for Seitz too, so he can continue to promote higher taxes and higher spending for us all.
Friday, October 10, 2008
28th Ohio House District - Virgil Lovitt
I give my strongest possible endorsement in this race to our man Virgil Lovitt. Virg has been a strong and consistent supporter of real Republican values of higher taxes. Don't be fooled by claims to the contrary. Virgil is the real deal when it come to tax hikes. That's why he was named him the 2008 Tax Hiker of the Year. Please vote Lovitt for the 28th District. Let him do for the 28th District what he's done for Sharonville, which has become a bastion of prosperity under Virg's leadership.
8th Ohio State Senate District - Bill Seitz
Not to be outdone, the 2007 Tax Hiker of the Year deserves an equal amount of support. Bill Seitz has never met a tax he didn't hike. From supporting money for the Freedom Center to pushing the Taft tax and spend policies all the way to supporting the jail tax last year, Seitz has been a long-time supporter of higher taxes and spending. Please vote Seitz for State Senate. The Republican party needs him in Columbus to continue pushing for higher taxes.
Todd Portune may be a Democrat, but he's my kind of politican. Todd has supported higher taxes and increased spending for every level of government at which he has served. Todd understands how important higher taxes are to our local economy. That's why he pushed the Issue 27 Super Sized sales tax increase last year. We must support Todd and oppose the evil Ed Rothenburg, who fought against taxes as a private citizen. We can't have citizens fighting the high-tax establishment! Vote Portune for higher taxes and the prosperity that will come along with them.
Hamilton County Sheriff - Simon Leis
This man needs no moustache to distinguish him as a true tax hiker. Perhaps no elected official in Hamilton County history has spent more taxpayer dollars than Semper Si Leis. Si has drained the County coffers for nearly 50 years, and has amassed an army of taxpayer funded toys. True to form, Simon fought tirelessly for Todd Portune and David Pepper's $777 million tax increase last year, and proudly used taxpayer funds to advocate for higher taxes. Please keep Sheriff Leis on the public payroll for four more years. We need more Si.
United State Congress, 2nd District of Ohio - Jean Schmidt
Jean Schmidt is perhaps my all-time favorite Republican tax hiker. Mean Jean supported every one of my Taft tax increases while serving in the State House. I was proud when she moved up the ladder to the Federal Government, where she can raise taxes and increase spending at a whole new level. Unlike many constituents in the 2nd District, I'm not embarrassed by Jean at all. I'm proud of her high-tax record. Jean also bravely voted for the $700 bailout bill. I knew she'd never let us down when bigger government was on the line.
Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas - Norma Davis
Like 99.9% of voters, I know nothing about Norma Davis, but I do know plenty about her opponent - Pat DeWine. DeWine was the 2007 Enemy of the Treasury for his opposition to the Portune/Pepper tax increase. He has fought higher taxes and spending for almost a decade, and worst of all - he promises to carry his fiscally responsible mindset to the courthouse. We can't have yet another branch of government infiltrated by DeWine's insidious low tax policies. Please support Norma. Send a message that fighting for smaller government will not be tolerated.
Hamilton County Engineer - Bill Brayshaw
Bill Brayshaw has been a fixture as Engineer for as long as I can remember. And for as long as I can remember he's fought against innovative cost-saving measures in the Engineer's office. Just this year he bravely refused to participate in a cost-cutting managed competition effort that would save taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars, preferring instead to balance the books by not buying road salt. We need to keep people in office like Old man Brayshaw. He's a staunch defender of the status quo. Keep Brayshaw Engineer!
Honorable Mention - Rick Bryan and Jim Sumner
Neither of these fine gentlemen is running for office this year, but I wish they were. Rick Bryan and Jim Sumner have long histories of support for higher taxes and spending. I sincerely hope that the Hamilton County Republican Party will begin to take notice and push these guys for higher elected office. How about a Bryan/Sumner Presidential ticket in 2012? I can only hope.
Rob Goering (Hamilton County Treasurer) - Goering used poor judgment when he bucked Party leaders and came out against the Portune/Pepper/Leis sales tax increase. What a jerk! We need someone in charge of the County's money who understands that higher taxes lead to economic prosperity. Vote against Goering.
Their package wasn't big enough. What we need is another big bailout package. We need more government involvement to solve this. And to pay for it we must enact huge tax increases now!
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Our most sincere compliments to the Ohio Republican Party (of higher taxes). After sending the 28th district some mailings that undercut Virgil's message of higher taxes and more spending, the ORP has produced for Virg his greatest mailing yet. This one is titled, "With Virgil Lovitt, the sky's the limit" and it promises that our man Virgil will "make our economy soar" and "lift our community to a higher altitude".
No doubt. Virgil Lovitt will lift our tax rates to a higher altitude, higher than even Bob Taft and Jean Schmidt ever dreamed. And under Virg, our state government spending will soar.
With Virg running the show, the sky is the limit for higher taxes and higher spending. Virgil Lovitt for County Commissioner!
**Update - We made an error in the last paragraph. We meant to say "Virgil Lovitt for State Representative". That is what he is running for this year, though we know he is using this as a stepping stone to run for County Commissioner.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
This picture speaks a thousand words, which means our entry for today will require few of them. Schmidt's support for Lovitt should come as no surprise to anyone as they share all of the same values.
They supported Bob Taft's tax increases. They supported Bob Taft's 3rd Frontier program. They share the same ethics. They have the same intellect. We are so proud to be able to support a great man like Virg to follow in the footsteps of Jean Schmidt.
If you like Bob Taft and Jean Schmidt, you'll love Virgil Lovitt. Virgil Lovitt for State Representative/County Commissioner!
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Fellow tax hikers, we can report that our efforts have succeeded. Congresswoman Jean Schmidt switched her vote and supported the bailout bill that just passed Congress and was signed into law. This bill spends another $800 billion to grow our government, most of it bailing out Wall Street leaders who otherwise blew up their companies.
This had to be done. If responsible taxpayers weren't there to bail out the irresponsible, then who would those people be able to take from? It's a fundamental question of fairness. It's unfair when Wall Street can take huge risks and be made to live with the consequences of their failures. They should know when they take these risks, that if they fail the taxpayers will be there to bail them out.
We applaud Congresswoman Jean Schmidt for recognizing this. Thank you Jean for your vote to subsidize risky behavior. Thank you Jean for your vote to force the responsible Americans to share their wealth with those who did not protect their assets as they should have. We know that we can always count on Congresswoman Jean Schmidt to pursue our agenda of higher taxes, more spending, and subsidizing irresponsible behavior. Jean Schmidt for Congress!