While we're on the topic of no-tax pledges (as the second section of this week's column is) I think Congressional candidate Ricky Gill is making the same mistake Leroy Ornellas did in jumping aboard the no-tax pledge.
There’s a lot to like about Gill, a young and promising Republican looking to unseat Democratic Rep. Jerry McNerney in a district that will include Mountain House and Tracy north of Interstate 205. But signing onto the no new tax pledge seems sadly run-of-the-mill.
Governing is about the art of the possible, and sometimes securing the general welfare means compromise — possibly even accepting that raising revenue is equally as valid a solution to budget problems as cutting costs.
But insisting everything must either reduce revenue or be revenue neutral seems to cut out a wide swath of middle ground.