Oh my God… Seattle P-I capitol correspondent Chris McGann totally sticks it to the grandstanding idiots leading the GOP caucus:
Republican leaders vowed Thursday to protect family farms from the ravages of Washington’s estate tax as they set their sights on killing the so-called death tax.
But they overlooked one important detail — farms are exempt from the estate tax.
You gotta read this piece… it’s hysterical. And keep in mind, that McGann is a reporter, not a columnist — if it sounds like he’s editorializing, well, how could it not sound that way when the Republican leadership is so totally and utterly clueless?
The revised estate tax passed last year exempts the entire value of all agricultural land and equipment… in addition to a $2 million exemption on other assets.
That fact was all but lost in the fanfare as Republicans in the House and Senate joined forces to promote their agenda for the coming Legislative session, a “contract with the State of Washington,” designed to restore trust in government and improve the quality of life.
Senate Minority Leader Mike Hewitt, R-Walla Walla, said the estate tax would be a top priority because it’s particularly hard on agribusiness.
“Their land is worth so much money,” he said.
Um… it’s an unlimited deduction. According to Department of Revenue Spokesman Mike Gowrylow, not a single family farm will be lost to the estate tax.
Nonetheless, Rep. Mike Armstrong, R-Wenatchee, called the effect of the estate tax on family farms “an atrocity.”
“When you look at farms and you see the amount of property that it takes to farm and the amount of equipment and storage facilities it takes to farm, it adds up pretty quick,” Armstrong said.
It’s an unlimited deduction!
Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, said growers and producers who fuel the state’s largest industry are “hammered by the high cost of government programs that create obstacles.
“Taxes are literally eating up our family farms,” he said.
What part of “UNLIMITED DEDUCTION” don’t these guys understand? Did they even bother to read last year’s bill before they voted against it? Um… apparently, no:
When asked if they had overlooked the farm exemption — the Republican panel was stymied.
“I think (the exemption) was based around maybe hobby farms, not necessarily large-scale farms,” said House Minority Leader Richard DeBolt, R-Chehalis. “I haven’t seen any language that would help any of the farmers in my district.”
Hey Richard… try reading the fucking bill! That’s what we pay you for, isn’t it?
Well, at least one of the R’s showed a touch of political savvy.
Rep. Ed Orcutt, R-Kalama, changed the subject.
Hmm. “Angry Ed” sounds like he could be one of our trolls.
Quite frankly, I’m stunned. Either the state GOP has elected an amazingly stupid, misinformed, and lazy leadership team — even by Republican standards — or they are simply all a bunch of conscienceless, bald faced liars. And if McGann sounded a bit snide and disrespectful in the way he covered this pathetic performance, it’s because the GOP leaders disrespected him and his fellow journalists by treating them as if they were as stupid as the R’s apparently believe voters to be.
If this is the GOP’s idea of restoring trust in government, it’s gonna be a long time coming.
In the thread, reader Proud to be an Ass comments on the GOP’s “sheer mendacity.”
This event should be the subject of op-ed pieces from now till November.
The news media should understand… they totally dissed you. The GOP caucus leaders apparently have so little respect for the Olympia press corps that they didn’t even bother tasking a staffer with fact checking their bullshit rhetoric before calling a press event. (Or, they simply lied.)
How can the Republican leadership be trusted to set the state’s agenda when they can’t even be trusted to explain to the public exactly what their agenda is?