Democracy in Nevada was a nice experiment while it lasted

“Elections have consequences …” Obama likes to say.

But not in Nevada. Not any more.

The voters of Nevada swept into office a majority of Republicans in both the Assembly and state Senate, as well as all constitutional statewide offices, many of whom pledged to not raise taxes. Instead, the governor has proposed the biggest tax hike in history — $1.3 billion — for the general fund, and it appears enough of those recently elected Republicans will meekly go along with him. An fact, they have ridiculed anyone who dares suggest anything even slightly less draconian.

Two of Gov. Brian Sandoval’s proposals were specifically rejected by the voters in November — a tax on gross receipts and increasing the tax on mining.

The governor also wishes to make permanent a package of temporary taxes that he twice before promised the voters to sunset but broke that promise.

This week lawmakers are considering a bill that would rollover school bonds that voters approved with specific ending dates.

According to Nevada Policy Research Institute, this could cost taxpayers an additional $3 billion to $4 billion in higher property taxes, especially in Clark and Washoe counties, where voters have in recent years rejected school bond issues at the ballot box.

The bill — Senate Bill 119 — would also remove the requirement that workers on school construction be paid the the so-called prevailing wage, which increases the cost of construction by 40 percent or more in some cases. Democrats are fighting to remove that bit of savings and still stick the voters with the billions in higher taxes. More of your money for their union backers.

To add insult to voter injury, Sandoval has even proposed that local school boards be appointed and not elected.

And you thought your vote counted. Democracy was a nice experiment while it lasted.




11 comments on “Democracy in Nevada was a nice experiment while it lasted

  1. Bruce Feher says:

    Makes no difference who you vote for, government ALWAYS gets in!

  2. Barbara says:

    Anybody for an Article V convention?

  3. iShrug says:

    Would it really make any difference if school board members are appointed or elected, at this point? We had an election last November for many offices. I’m so jaded.

  4. Barbara says:

    This may sound incredibly naïve, but shouldn’t the state Republican party or its central committee be issuing a letter of censorship to the Gov. How about the counties Republican leadership?

  5. Steve says:

    In spite of gaining control of both houses of the Nevada state legislature and all of the state offices….the republican party in Nevada is significantly divided. I am surprised this hasn’t brought this session to a grinding halt.
    I am also happy that a good number of conservative ideas and ideals are making their way INTO bills that would otherwise be completely unacceptable to me.

    We should be glad about the progress made and hope to hold power into the next and later sessions of the Nevada legislature.

  6. Athos says:

    Steve, when the Governor of the State is the head of the Republican Party, what miracle are you expecting in upcoming sessions? BS (how appropriate!!) LIED to us! Played us like suckers in a casino con game. And why? What’s his big payoff? (cause there’s ALWAYS a payoff for these scumbag politicians!)

  7. Barbara says:

    Hope to hold power to do what? If the Republican Party does not censure Sandoval and come out strongly against his proposed budget, they may as well merge with the Democrats. The differences between the two are becoming less and less. I doubt he came up with this all by himself.

    What’s the big payoff? It’s elitism – consolidation of power for the few. It doesn’t matter what we the little people voted for, THEY know what is best. With amnesty and the DREAM act and illegals being issued drivers licenses and social security cards, elections will be meaningless.

  8. Elections are meaningless.

  9. Winston Smith says:

    Just like when GWB was president, hardly any Republicans could bring themselves to oppose his leftist crap, No Child and Medicare D being perhaps the most egregious examples. Party unity and all that bullshit. Why did the Tea Party (such as it is) grow? Cuz the Republican wing of the Republican party got sick of the RINOs like Bush and McCain.

  10. Ed Uehling says:

    In my opinion, the so-called democracy you refer to was machine politics with the politicians, once elected, playing a constant game of hide and seek, wherein they lied constantly about the effects of their votes and policies. Now it is becoming much more difficult for them to lie and the Dems are being exposed for their complete lack of candor, their rigid party line votes, and their foolish justifications of outlandish policies such as prevailing wages and the notion that ordinary citizens should sacrifice their welfare and their pensions so that public employees can live high on the hog.

    What you refer to as elitism is actually the EXPOSURE of elitism and corruption for the first time. The brave stand of a few assembly persons is allowing us to see how business has been conducted in the Legislature up to now and giving us hope that the voters will see who favors them and who favors the elites and special interests.

    As an additional bonus, Chris Edwards may be unwittingly providing the platform whereby the entire corrupt and lying government apparatus can be reformed. It is going to be very interesting to see Governor Sandoval on the witness stand defending his last minute contribution to the vote-selling Edwards.

    Maybe I’m wrong, but I see these events as promoting democracy–at least for our kids.

  11. Barbara says:

    I recognized that national elections were meaningless, but felt until now that state and local elections could still make a difference. For some reason I don’t ever see anything coming of the investigation into the vote-selling Edwards. I see these events as the last gasps of a dying struggle for individual freedom. Let’s hope you are correct, and I’m wrong. For you to be correct, the new Sheriff and a prosecutor and judge would have to be willing to take on a popular Gov and the machine behind him. Do heroes (elected) like that exist any more?

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