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Eyman is Right

By Afternoon Jolt May 4, 2011

Today's Loser: State Senate Democrats for letting Tim Eyman get the last word. And he's right, too.


At a senate ways and means committee today, Tim Eyman railed against a set of proposals to raise revenue by closing tax loopholes and against ways and means chair Sen. Ed Murray's legislation proposing a referendum to change the I-1053 super majority requirement so tax loopholes could be changed by a simple majority vote.

"What part of  'no new taxes' is unclear?" Eyman asked. "Democratic politicians in Olympia think voters are stupid because they didn't understand" what they were voting for in I-1053, he stated. Eyman, who ran the two-thirds campaign last year largely with money from oil companies (BP, Conoco Phillips, and Tesoro) who were wary of toxic cleanup taxes and the Washington Bankers Association (who want to keep a mortgage loan tax loophole in place), argued the move by the committee to consider these bills proves "that you're the stupid ones." [pullquote]"Last year, without the two-thirds requirement, you could have closed any tax loophole you wanted."—Tim Eyman[/pullquote]

Murray stepped in, telling Eyman not to "name call" during his testimony—twice.

Eyman's churlish rants and bad manners make his insightful closing zinger all the more embarrassing for Democrats.

Eyman pointed out, correctly: "Last year, without the two-thirds requirement, you could have closed any tax loophole you wanted. Instead you stuck it to the average person"—presumably referring to the candy and soda taxes.

Touche, Tim Eyman. Touche.
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