NE Senate: Deb Fischer Voted for Gas Tax Hike

Thursday, May 10th, 2012 and is filed under Blog, Elections

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Throughout most of the Nebraska senatorial race, Don Stenberg has been the sole conservative challenger to establishment-backed Jon Bruning.  In recent weeks, a third candidate, stat legislator Deb Fischer has been surging and is splitting the conservative vote against Bruning with Stenberg.  In fact, she has even received the coveted endorsement of Sarah Palin.

To that end, you might be thinking the obvious question: maybe Fischer is the candidate to take on Bruning, and not Stenberg.  Not a chance.

In March, 2008, Fischer voted for a gas tax hike as part of a budget bill (LB 959).  A week later, Governor Gave Heineman issued a line-item veto against the provision in the bill that raised the gas tax, while offering a commensurate spending reduction to fill in the gap.  The following week, the Senate voted 34-15 to override the governor’s veto, thereby reinstating the tax hike.  Fischer was part of the 34 tax hikers, not the 15 who supported the governor.

Folks, tax policy is the easy issue.  Almost every Republican opposes tax increases.  It’s the spending and subsidies that are the real problems with the party.  If the candidate is not good on taxes, there is not much hope for other issues.  This is why we’re supporting Don Stenberg, a consistent, full-spectrum conservative for his entire life.

Now, I’m a big fan of Sarah Palin, but I’ve been disappointed with her reflexive tendency to support women candidates, irrespective of whether they are the best conservatives in the race.  I understand her “Mama Grizzle” program, but we must ensure that these people are conservative grizzlies as well as mamas.  We need to vet the candidates for consistency in their statements and records, not just support them based upon nice platitudes and a compelling life story.