Regarding Metro’s April 21 article “Gasoline tax exemption ends in Maryland as Virginia debates its own”:
The Virginia General Assembly will debate Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin’s (R) plan to suspend the Commonwealth gasoline tax. As someone who has always voted for the Democrats, I think they would do well to drop their understandable temptation to “retaliate” against Mr. Youngkin for his earlier vetoes and amendments, which were themselves a political reward for the Democrats’ refusal to confirm a candidate. To do otherwise is to enter into a political fight that ignores the common good in favor of partisan advantage.
The proper purpose of politics is to advance the common good. Political parties will differ on which of several definitions of the “common good” they favor, and their legislative proposals will reflect these differences. But when the law of the jungle prevails in politics, the common good – we, the people – suffers. Congress is a sad and infuriating example of where such a “me and mine” policy is getting us.
Democrats should take the higher road, debating and refining the proposals before them, regardless of which party is proposing them. They should vote no when an acceptable compromise cannot be found. With loud and persistent voices, they should hold Republicans accountable when their actions selfishly neglect the common good. Let the voters take revenge.
James M. Truxell, Ashburn