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Coons vs. Coons – He is his own worst campaign ad.

26 Sep

Boy, what 4-years of Coons can make!

2005: Coons Called The County’s Economic Health “Fundamentally Sound.” “While the county’s economic health is ‘fundamentally sound,’ Coons said, there’s been a widening gap between expenses and revenues in the past several years. His proposals would help avoid a projected $152 million shortfall by 2009.” (Angie Basiouny, “NCCo Exec Proposes Reining In Spending,” The News Journal, March 30, 2005)

2009: “‘We’re 18 Months From Being Out Of Money — Unable To Operate, Not To Use The “B” Word,’ Coons Said, In A Reference To Bankruptcy. ‘That’s where we are, and it’s at a time when many families are struggling, and they’re looking to government to help them.’” (Jeff Montgomery, “Sobering Challenges Reflected In Speeches,” The News Journal, January 22, 2009)

I wonder if the AP will ever fact-check Coons’ recent claim that he “restored his county to financial health and is ready to do the same for the federal government.”  If he is going to do to the country what he did to the poor folks in New Castle County, I think I’ll pass.

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Coons’ Rhetoric Versus Record: You Shall Know a Tree by Its Fruit

26 Sep
“I’m not a Marxist, I’ve never held Marxist ideas,” [Coons] said. “I believe strongly in the free enterprise system and have worked hard for eight years in one of Delaware’s most innovative, private sector manufacturing firms and have a good and strong working relationship with the private sector as county executive.” (Politico 9/22/10)
Really?  When your TAX policy looks more like a Marxist than a free-marketer…..what does that make you?  Sure, you may have a “strong working relationship with the private sector,” but TAXING to death the private sector of New Castle County is not what we had in mind.

Even Seniors Not Safe From Coons Tax Addiction

25 Sep

Chris Coons lust for taxes seems to know no bounds.  Even DE seniors are unsafe in his wake:

New Castle County Council members are expected to vote Tuesday on legislation that would reduce future property tax exemptions for senior citizens and the disabled. … County Executive Chris Coons said he supports the ordinance because it doesn’t eliminate the exemption entirely, which was the recommendation of a task force convened last year to examine county finances. (Angie Basiouny, “NCCo Tax Exemption Cuts Up For Vote,” The News Journal, September 10, 2007)

The county’s senior tax exemption, which is $50,000 for those older than 65 who qualify, helps cushion the impact of a tax increase for older residents. Their tax bill would rise an average of $18 a year, under the proposal. (Angie Basiouny, “17 Percent Tax Hike Proposed For NCCo,” The News Journal, March 21, 2007)

But his determination to raise taxes on seniors is a bit ironic considering how, a couple of years earlier, he tried to take credit for the tax exemptions for seniors–even though he wasn’t even in office when the exemption was enacted:

Mr. Gordon’s press office had good reason to criticize. Mr. Coons tried to take credit for expanding the county’s senior citizen property tax exemption, which was enacted before he even took office. Mr. Coons tried to wiggle out of that confrontation by saying he ‘fought for the exemption,’ which is different from passing it. (Editorial, “Press Advantages,” The News Journal, September 10, 2004)

It looks like Coons will say anything to get elected as long as he can still raise taxes once in office.

“Coons’ stewardship did to New Castle County what Socialism did for Cuba.”

24 Sep

At least one DE voter is not impressed with Coons’ infatuation with Marxism.  Tom Burgum writes in the Longboat Key News:

Her opponent, Chris Coons, has a bit of explaining to do before Nov. 2. While still young he became a self-proclaimed Marxist after visiting Kenya where, according to him, he learned America was not a very nice country. He overcame his aversion to the Untied States and ultimately became top executive of New Castle County. He was elected in 2004 and said his top priority would be to continue balancing the budget without increasing property taxes.

In 2006, Coons, despite the pledge not to raise taxes, led the charge for a 5 percent raise in property taxes. In 2007, he managed to push through a 17.5 percent raise, and in 2009 he raised property taxes another 25 percent. Coons is nothing if not inventive: He even proposed a tax on people who call 9-1-1 from their cell phones. Coons claims that his call for shared sacrifice restored New Castle to fiscal responsibility. Now, that may be a stretch because in 2009 Coons warned that the county may be headed for bankruptcy.

By all accounts Coons is no longer a Marxist. Still, his stewardship of New Castle County seems to have done for New Castle what Socialism did for Cuba.

Ouch.

Coons the “fixed gear” politician: his one speed is TAX

24 Sep

It seems there isn’t a tax that Coons has seen during his political career that he didn’t immediately fall in love with.  Let’s take a stroll down memory lane, shall we?

  • Eliminate Tax Credit for First Time Home-buyers: In 2006, Coons lobbied the General Assembly to repeal the tax credit for first time home-buyers.  This would have cost the citizens of his county at least $4.2 million. (Angie Basiouny,  “5 Percent Tax Increase Proposed For NCCo,” The News Journal, March 22, 2006)
  • Lobbied for 911 Tax, Hotel Tax, Paramedic Tax: In 2007, while New Castle County Executive, Coons planned to pile on new taxes on all three DE counties by lobbying the General Assembly to pass brand new taxes including a hotel tax, a 911 tax, and a paramedic tax. (Angie Basiouny, “Tax Hike, Deep Cuts In Store For NCCo,” The News Journal, March 17, 2007)
  • Delaware Swats Down Coons Tax Gouging Plan, Coons Vows to Keep Pushing Tax Hikes: The General Assembly turned down repeated requests from Coon to gouge his citizens with new 911, hotel and paramedic taxes.  How does Coons respond?  He says he is “undaunted…[and] working with state leaders for permission to levy new taxes or fees.” (Angie Basiouny, “Historic NCCo Budget Finally Set For Vote Tuesday,” The News Journal, May 25, 2009)
  • Neighborhood Stalker Tax Plan: In 2009, to fund a new “problem properties” cleanup program, Coons wanted to start stalking neighborhoods looking for property code violations, levy fines, and fatten up a $375,000 abatement fund. (“Coons Proposes Using Fines To Clean Up NCCo’s Problem Properties,” The News Journal, October 23, 2009)
  • The Annual Sewer Tax Hike: Almost every year as County Executive, Coons raised the sewer taxes. In 2005, Coons hiked the tax up $63 for the average household. In 2006, Coons hiked the tax up by 2.5%.  In 2008, Coons proposed a 4.4% hike.  In 2009, Coons successfully raised the tax by 10%!  Earlier this year, Coons again proposed a 4% tax hike.  (Angie Basiouny, “NCCo Budget Ups Sewer Rates But Holds Taxes Steady,” The News Journal, May 25, 2005; Angie Basiouny, “NCCo OKs Tax Hike, Budget,” The News Journal, May 24, 2006; Angie Basiouny, “Coons To Propose Sewer Rate Increase,” The News Journal, March 20, 2008; Angie Basiouny, “25% NCCo Property Tax Hike OK’d,” The News Journal, May 27, 2009; Adam Taylor, “Coons Proposes Layoffs,” The News Journal, March 17, 2010)
  • Reassess Property Values so Property Tax is Hiked Even Higher:  Apparently, Coons was not satisfied with merely jacking up property taxes.  He wanted a more aggressive reassessment of the property values in order to gouge his county as much as possible.  (Angie Basiouny, “17 Percent Tax Hike Proposed For NCCo,” The News Journal, March 21, 2007)

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UPDATE

It looks like the U.S. Congress is taking notes from Coons’ playbook: “Congress Punts on Taxes: Democrats Put Off Showdown on Bush Cuts Until After November Election,” Wall Street Journal, September 24, 2010.

Coons thinks largest tax hike in 30 years is “moving county forward?”

24 Sep

In 2009, Coons decided it was a good idea to raise property taxes on New Castle County citizens by 25%–the largest hike in 30 years.  If that wasn’t bad enough, he suggested it was the job of government to gouge the people:

Coons said those who voted against the tax increase without proposing alternatives ‘are generally not doing their jobs. They’re not serving their constituents or their community well and they’re not moving this county forward.’

-Jesse Chadderdon, “NCCo Council Approves Budget, 25 Percent Tax Increase,” CommunityPub.com, May 26, 2009

But looking at Coons’ history as the New Castle County Executive, it is apparent that the only thing “moving forward” is Coons’ frontal assault on DE property rights:

  • 2009: Coons raises property taxes 25% (Angie Basiouny, “Coons’ 2010 Proposal Hits Hard — And Broad,” The News Journal, March 18, 2009)
  • 2007: Coons raises property taxes 17.5% (Angie Basiouny, “17 Percent Tax Hike Proposed For NCCo,” The News Journal, March 21, 207)
  • 2006: Coons raises property taxes 5% (Alison Kepner, “Residents Say Tax Hike Small, But Express Fears For Future,” The News Journal, May 16, 2006)

The Bearded Marxist

23 Sep

Emmett Tyrrell JR, founder and editor of the American Spectator, writes in the Washington Times to provide his own introduction to Chris Coons, the Bearded Marxist, and what type of man he chose to be after traveling to Kenya to be discipled by a Marxist professor:

But now Jeffrey Lord of the American Spectator has been scrutinizing her opponent, Democratic candidate Chris Coons. Mr. Lord did not have to go back to Mr. Coons’ high school days. He found quite a lot in Mr. Coons’ infatuation with Marxism, starting in college. Mr. Coons found Marx about the time that large numbers of Marxist polls behind the Iron Curtain gave him up. By the 1990s, even jailers and torturers were forsaking old Karl, but not Mr. Coons…

…Politico reports that as a 21-year-old about to graduate from Amherst, he wrote a piece in the college newspaper that was titled Chris Coons: The Making of a Bearded Marxist.” Apparently there was more to that trip to Africa than he would like voters to recall or than the Post chronicled…

…A course on the Vietnam War also caused [Coons] to “suspect … that the ideal of America as a ‘beacon of freedom and justice, providing hope for the world’ was not exactly based in reality“…

…my own favorite beliefs in the miracles of free enterprise and the boundless opportunities to be had in America were largely untrue.” He found a moral equivalence between Kenya and the United States and became a “beardless Marxist.”

My guess is that he is still a beardless Marxist. Certainly he shows no scruples about keeping his hands off other people’s property. As county executive of New Castle County, Mr. Coons promised voters he would keep taxes down. Once elected, he raised property taxes by 5 percent in 2006, by 17.5 percent in 2007 and by 25 percent in 2009. He loves taxes….

…Mr. Coons apparently did not have to appear on a clown’s show to be indiscreet. He did it in college and in his later work as a goody-goody bore.

More here.

Coons’ Read-my-lips moment: shatters 30 yr record for largest taxhike

23 Sep

According to Wilmington’s The New Journal, in 2004, when Chris Coons was running for County Executive, Coons’ claimed his top priority was to “continue balancing the budget without increasing property taxes.”  But the county’s Chief Financial Officer soon after issued a report warning tax hikes were only a year off if spending wasn’t under control before then.  Coons’ opponent in the race pointed out this report, but according to The New Journal, Coons’ claimed it was just “spin” for his own gain–“fear-mongering to make make the public think we have some big tax increases coming…”

Yet Coons himself admits he was less than truthful about his “no tax hike” campaign promises: he admitted that he “raised taxes more than anyone in 30 years” (via: National Journal).  Coons also recently admitted his greatest vulnerability is his tax hike flip flop: “Chris Coons raised your taxes. Absolutely. Guilty as charged, your honor” (via Politico).