History Repeating Itself
Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen is following a historical pattern:
Tennesseans have a recent history of electing and then re-electing popular Governors who then quite literally stick it to the electorate when they are lame ducks in their second terms. Ned McWherter did it, and left office replaced by a popular and supposedly conservative Republican, Don Sundquist. Sundquist really pushed for an income tax in his second term, and it was during Sundquist's administration that Tennessee has come the closest in modern times to enacting an income tax.
Now Phil Bredesen wants to enact a total tax increas of over $85 million, but he doesn't have to answer for it in November. It seems that he is following a bipartisan historical pattern.
Labels: Conservatism, Democrats, Republican Party, Tennessee politics