Temper Tantrum, Delegate StyleMay 31, 2012
When my five year old doesn't want to listen to what I have to tell her, she sticks her fingers in her ears and yells, "Daddy, don't say it, daddy don't say it!" Which brings me to Delegate Scott Surovell (D-44, Fairfax) . His response to AG Cuccinelli's opinion on tax credits, like those the General Assembly has approved for donations to scholarship programs, is priceless. Delegate Surovell asked the AG for a legal opinion, and the AG provided a legal opinion, which concluded that tax credits are not legally the same as appropriations. The state Constitution, you see (at least for now) prohibits appropriations to be made to non-government agencies (especially those that are, gulp, "sectarian"). The AG simply concluded, legally, that allowing an individual or business to keep its money isn't the same as the General Assembly appropriating them money. The legal opinion prompted the Delegate to say:
“Legally, a tax credit might not be an appropriation, but..."
Where the fine member of the NOVA delegation goes on to assail scholarship tax credits for all the evil reasons that liberals have always attacked education freedom. But in his statement, it appears that essentially, Delegate Surovell agrees that the AG's opinion is correct "legally," which is what he asked for, and is the AG's job, but since it isn't what he wanted to hear, the Delegate seems to be sticking his fingers in his ears and yelling, "No, Ken, don't say it, no Ken, don't say it!"
So, on the bright side, we at least have a liberal democrat in Virginia willing to admit publicly that your money is his money. After all, the underlying premise of Surovell's comment is that by allowing you to keep your hard earned money, the government is essentially writing you a check.
Now that's enough to make me want to plug my ears.