Scheming Mayor Stanton lies again: Food tax stays

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.

6 Responses to Scheming Mayor Stanton lies again: Food tax stays

  1. eubykdisop says:

    To get the bigger picture, we need to put Phoenix in the context of Arizona and see where Arizona stands, relative to the other states, regarding taxes.

    “Arizona ranks second in combined state and local sales taxes, at 9.12 percent.”

    Out of 50 states, Arizona has the second highest combined state and local sales tax rate, with Tennessee having the highest.

    It is in this context that DEMOCRAT Greg Stanton feels that we also need to retain a sales tax on food in the City of Phoenix.

    They aren’t called “tax and spend DEMOCRATS” for nothing!

  2. MacBeth says:

    Greg Stanton is poised for bigger and better things than simply being the mayor of the nation’s 6th largest city. He can do whatever he wants since he is the “great white hope” of Arizona’s Democrat elites, who never saw a tax they didn’t support. Obama and Napolitano will do all they can to ensure he goes far. He’s a perfect guy for them, a lying uber liberal who was able to con Phoenix’ voters into putting him in office — even after the scandal involving Billy Shield’s thieving daughter. Stanton played nice and pleaded in her behalf so as to stay on the right side of the firefighter’s union.

  3. Realist says:

    No surprises here!
    We all knew Stanton would be obama-lite. However, look who he was running against. The Establishment backed, long time McShame loyalist RINO Wes Gullett (who never met a democrat he didn’t like or couldn’t support). Ask his wife Deb, she worked for Phil Gordon. Together the headed up RINO’s for the likes of Janet Napolitano etc…
    The Republicans had a true conservative candidate in Jennifer Wright and look at how the media and “good ole boy network pulled out all stops to defeat her in the primary and ensured a Stanton victory.

    • eubykdisop says:

      I boycotted that election because I was not going to be forced to cast a meaningless vote. A choice between two Liberals is not a real choice. And your point about the primary is well taken.

      It’s beginning to look more and more like the only way to get Conservatives elected is to go outside of the Republican Party and run independent candidates. Campaign funds might be an issue there but if a candidate catches on with the grassroots, I think they would get the money they need.

  4. eubykdisop says:

    When Stanton pushed through a law extending “anti-discrimination” protections to gays, lesbians, bisexuals and the transgendered, this is what he said:

    “The more we embrace diversity, the better Phoenix will be for business, tourism, high-wage jobs and our future economy.”

    I would like to hear Stanton’s explanation as to how retaining a sales tax on food contributes to the same noble goals he used as a rationale for his “anti-discrimination” law!

    Is Stanton telling us that a sales tax on food is better for “business, tourism, high-wage jobs and our future economy”? We know better than that!

    Like all Liberals, Stanton doesn’t adhere to a set of principles but instead fabricates phony rationales for his Liberal positions. That is proven by the fact that retention of the food tax fosters the exact OPPOSITE of the outcomes which he cited as his rationale for backing his gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender “anti-discrimination” law.

  5. eubykdisop says:

    OT but important!

    As the national sellout by establishment Republicans rolls on, so does the Conservative revolt!

    “Conservatives revolt as gay marriage lobbyist appointed head of Ohio Republican Party”

    “by Ben Johnson
    Fri Mar 22, 2013”

    “The Republican Party of Ohio has appointed as its executive director a registered lobbyist actively campaigning to redefine marriage in the state, deepening the conflict between voters and the party elite. The move triggered swift backlash, as a coalition of 80 conservatives from across the state issued a letter warning party bosses they “will not support them” in the future.”

    “The new GOP leader is Matt Borges, a lobbyist for Equality Ohio, the group pressing to overturn the state’s constitutional amendment against same-sex “marriage.””

    “With this letter we put the party bosses on notice that we reject their betrayal of the party platform and our conservative values,” said Tom Zawistowski, the executive director of the Portage County Tea Party. “We will not support them going forward but will instead support those who are true to our cause.”

    This follows on the heels of the recent announcement by “Republican” Ohio Senator Rob Portman, who was billed as a Conservative, that he now supports homosexual “marriage”… because his son is homosexual!

    Like the Minutemen of yore, who took a stand against the abuses of colonial rule, it is time for Conservative Republicans to declare their independence from the dictates of the Republican establishment elite “ruling class” and to politically fight for our principles! Make a noise heard round the world!

    “In God We Trust”