Amnesiac Greg Stanton abandons pre-election pledge to repeal food tax
It’s time to put on your dancing shoes. Liberal Democrat Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton is tuning up his fiddle for the same old dishonest hoedown he and his predecessor Phil Gordon perfected to an art form. Gordon imposed a 2% sales tax on the very food Phoenix residents put in their mouths. It was “temporary,” of course, as all at such taxes claim to be — imposed at a time of national, statewide and city economic blight, in the worst economy since the Great Depression.
Stanton deceptively campaigned on eliminating the obscene tax, although his union backers supported keeping the tax levy in place. But slippery Stanton made the repeal of the food tax an integral part of his 2011 campaign as he pledged to abolish the charge by April. Last month Seeing Red AZ exposed Stanton’s post election equivocation, “We still have significant challenges; the economy is not bouncing back as quickly as people had hoped,” he waffled.
Using the Obama-like deceptive scare tactics that undergirded the dire consequences threat of the “fiscal cliff” or sequestration, was the “desperate need to avert layoffs of teachers, police officers, firefighters and other unionized city workers.” Stanton now says he will not support the tax repeal this year, ensuring its failure.
“That’s not a choice I’m willing to make,” he said of the dependable farce of public-safety layoffs. “When you’re in a leadership capacity, you don’t do what’s politically expedient.”
The error was putting him there in the first place.
Yet under such a threat, the City of Phoenix was able, in 2009, to cough up $14.3 million to 6,989 employees in unconscionable “retention bonuses.” That’s $2 million more than the food tax brought in during the fiscal year. City Manager David Cavazos, hired on in 2009 at a more-than-comfortable salary of $236,999, was recently given an astonishing 33% raise amounting to $78,000 annually, hiking his base salary to $315,000 with additional perks including a $600 monthly car allowance, $35,000 a year in deferred compensation, and a $4,000 “longevity” bonus. Now fat-cat Cavazos backs Stanton’s retention of the tax.
The incredulity continued. In May 2011 Phoenix handed out an additional $28.9 million in performance pay raises and longevity awards.
Back in 2009 (the most recent figures available through this lacking-in-updated information date base), there were 527 city workers earning over $100,000, with the average salary of $120,250. The salaries in this range total $63,371,838.
As the American Action Network points out, there are no “temporary” taxes. Americans need to wake up to the fact that placing their trust in the desperate vows of liberal candidates is a fool’s mission.