This is the kind of thing that inspires Harlan Sylvester conspiracy theories.
The narrative goes like this: Sometime back in 2009, Peter Shumlin tells “the most powerful man in Vermont politics” (h/t Shay Totten) he’ll keep a lid on taxes if Harlan paves his path to the corner office.
It’s one explanation for the volume and desperation of Shumlin’s anti-tax rhetoric — aimed, need I remind you, at fellow Democrats.
Yesterday, the Governor slammed a House-passed plan to cap itemized deductions. And to put it plainly, he lied about it.
Ell. Eye. Eee. Dee. Lied.
“Removing charitable deductions, the ability of Vermonters to deduct home interest from their mortgages, which promotes home buying, and removing the health care deduction when you’ve had catastrophic health care costs is a big mistake,” Shumlin says.
Now, that’s bullshit. Ain’t nobody “removing” nothing, and the Governor knows it.