It might still be hot in Nevada, but get ready for the mother of all blizzards.
No, I’m not talking about that white stuff that falls from the sky on Christmas.
I’m talking about the major-league snow job — with a blizzard of propaganda — that Gov. Brian Sandoval is about to unleash on Nevada voters in his efforts to persuade them not to support the referendum to repeal his largest-in-Nevada-history tax hike, an obscene $1.4 billion monstrosity that includes a new gross receipts tax similar to the one 80 percent of Nevada voters rejected in November.
The Armageddon-like propaganda campaign will be enough to make Jonathan Gruber, the liberal propagandist who admits to lying to the American people in order to pass Obamacare, proud. And we already know who Sandoval’s “Gruber” is.
Liberal blogger Jon Ralston has now inked not one, not two, not three, but four full blog posts loaded with ad hominem attacks on those who support the repeal, topped off with a heapin’ helpin’ of scorn and ridicule.
In his most recent blog post on the subject, published by the Reno Gazette-Journal, Ralston referred to tax repeal supporters as “losers,” “cuckoos” and “a small ignorant bunch on the far right.” The left-wing partisan is clearly a mouthpiece for the Sandoval administration, which relishes his role as the establishment’s media attack dog.
But the chief propagandist, using his gubernatorial soapbox and taxpayer dollars, will eventually be Sandoval himself.
Indeed, Sandoval is already in hyperdrive trying to persuade Nevadans that the end of the world as we know it — worse even than a nuclear winter — will rain down upon the state should we, the people, vote for what would amount to a $667 million per year tax cut.
Children won’t get an education. Seniors will die. The poor will starve. And puppies will be drowned in burlap sacks. A world-class propaganda campaign to make even the most shameless of bleeding-heart liberals blush.
Look, here’s the thing: Sandoval already had his chance to make the case for his outrageous $1.4 billion tax-and-spend budget. It was called the 2014 campaign.
Instead, he hid his scheme from the citizens of Nevada and waited until after the election to strong-arm, cajole and bribe state legislators to shove this tax hike down our collective throats.
He’s had his say and he got his way. Now the people of Nevada will get the chance to have the last word.
With all due respect, instead of actively trying to thwart the will of the people, the governor ought to sit down, shut up and let the people decide. After all, we’re the ones who have to pay the bill.
Chuck Muth is president of Citizen Outreach, a conservative grass roots advocacy organization. He can be reached at www.muthstruths.com