Eagle Trib: Lawmakers Flopped on Tax Hike

The dozen Democratic lawmakers who flip flopped on the transportation funding tax hike aren’t fooling the Eagle Tribune into thinking they didn’t flip and flop.  The editorial board tore into the two legislators in their corner of the Merrimack Valley that flipped and flopped.  Diana DiZoglio (D-Methuen) and Senator Kathy Ives.

State Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives, D-Newburyport, and state Rep. Diana DiZoglio, D-Methuen, want voters to believe that the vote they took that allowed an $800 million tax hike to become law does not mean they support higher taxes. Oh no, no. They say they voted to override Gov. Deval Patrick’s veto of the transportation funding bill to save taxpayers from an even bigger increase that might have been negotiated had the veto been sustained.

The denials from O’Connor Ives and DiZoglio come straight from the Vietnam War era: They had to destroy the Merrimack Valley in order to save it.

The freshmen legislators would have looked less ridiculous had they simply accepted the “flip-flopper” labels state Republicans tried to hang on them. For flip-floppers they are.

DiZoglio and O’Connor Ives were bit players in a old political game. The governor and his Democratic friends in the Legislature all wanted a big tax increase on Massachusetts citizens, despite the state’s struggle to emerge from years of recession and job stagnation. After all, politicians have no power but for the money they can hand out to favored constituencies. And they have no money to give but that which they take from the rest of us.

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