As I mentioned yesterday, the Jon Geeting Media Empire is expanding to include a presence at the resurgent Keystone Politics. The plan is to aim for 1-2 unique posts at KP every day on state politics, two Patch columns a week on political economy/metro policy topics, regular blogging here on whatever I damn well please, aggregated at the LVIM hive mind.
I may eventually have this blog redirect to a new Jon Geeting blog since I’ve been super lazy about recruiting contributors to replace Ryan and Hillary. Jeff Pooley has been receptive to the idea of blogging here, so I will hold off on any name change for a little while.
Anyway, here’s my opening salvo at Keystone Politics laying out the political case for Democrats to let Republicans kill the Scarnati local impact fees bill:
Now that taxmaster Grover Norquist has decided to score a local impact fee as a tax increase, probably nothing is going to happen without a significant number of Democratic votes.
So the Democrats can maximize their political advantage by voting ”present” and letting the Republicans own the failure. Democrats don’t have control of any of the branches of government in Harrisburg, so they won’t be blamed when the bill goes down.
Inevitably, there will be more gas well explosions and blockbuster news stories about contaminated water before the 2012 elections. The voters already agree with the Democrats, so Democrats can improve their political position in 2012 by making hay of these bad news stories, and forcing Republicans to pick sides between Tom Corbett and the concerned public.