Unable to convince a fellow Republican that offering $150 million in tax incentives is a good way to keep Ford Motor Co. from cutting 4,000 jobs in the state, the leader of the Missouri Senate has decided to drive around the one-man roadblock.
Two weeks ago, Sen. Chuck Purgason, R-Caulfield, blocked the key bill in the special session called by Gov. Jay Nixon, criticizing the state’s use of tax incentives for economic development.
On Monday, Sen. Charlie Shields, R-St. Joseph, removed Purgason as chairman of the committee where the bill is stalled. Instead, Shields, the president pro tem of the committee, will lead a meeting today in which it is expected the bill will be voted out to the Senate floor.
Tax cuts across the board or none at all. No preference due to special interest pressure. If Shields and other RINOs are concerned about creating jobs, then make incentives available for all. Pinning the blame on Purgason to deflect from Shields’ caving to UAW is a joke – this from the same man who fought to block the Health Care Freedom Act.
The co-chairmen of President Obama’s debt and deficit commission offered an ominous assessment of the nation’s fiscal future here Sunday, calling current budgetary trends a cancer “that will destroy the country from within” unless checked by tough action in Washington.
“We can’t grow our way out of this,” Bowles said. “We could have decades of double-digit growth and not grow our way out of this enormous debt problem. We can’t tax our way out. . . . The reality is we’ve got to do exactly what you all do every day as governors. We’ve got to cut spending or increase revenues or do some combination of that.”
I’m so glad that we have people in Washington creating commissions to tell us things that we already know are royally screwed up. I mean, all of these small business owners who are now out of business, all of these unemployed people, they were probably still scratching their heads and trying to figure out what had gone wrong.