Haynes is an Assembly member representing Riverside and Temecula.
He serves on the Appropriations and Budget Committees. [go to
Assembly Member Haynes
website at California Assembly]
Siren Song of the Democrats
The allure of taxes...
[Ray Haynes] 10/21/03
election of a new Governor still fresh in our minds, you can
hear it—the siren song of the Democrats—you must raise taxes. It
happens whenever a Republican gets elected to a top office—Governor or
who don’t remember the Sirens, they were part
of Greek mythology,
specifically, Homer’s Odyssey. In his ten-year quest to return home to
Greece from the Trojan War, one of the temptations of Odysseus, was the Island
of the Sirens, whose song lured the ships at sea to the island where destruction
awaited them. (For a more modern version, the scene in the movie O Brother,
Where art Thou where the women in the river were singing, luring Ulysses,
Delmar, and Pete to them, at which time Ulysses and Delmar thought Pete was
turned into a toad—same story, slightly different outcome). Whether just
becoming a toadie or complete destruction awaits them, the story is applicable
Republicans who are tempted to fall victim to the Democrat siren song of “only
more taxes can solve our budget problem.”
George Bush the elder, whose political career was destroyed
when he collapsed
on the shores of the
Democrat Tax Island. He said—“read
my lips,” the Democrats sang—“we need taxes,” and
when he gave in to the song, they destroyed him and his presidency. They
they wanted. He ended up in political oblivion. Republican Governors in states
like Ohio and Nevada have likewise cast themselves into the political seas
in response to the siren song, sung by the Democrats, for new taxes to solve
Democrats’ spending problems.
are singing to Governor Schwarzenegger. In the last week, we
those dulcet tones emanating from our left-wing
friends in the newspapers
a Republican can raise taxes,” and “Schwarzenegger is a reasonable
man, and he can push those unreasonable Republican legislators to raise taxes.” There
is no other way, we hear over and over, to solve this enormous budget problem.
The tune is alluring, but it leads to destruction.
In the Odysseus
story, Circe warned Odysseus of the power of the siren’s
song. He instructed his crew to stuff their ears with wax, and to tie him
to the mast of his ship, giving them strict instructions to keep him bound
mast no matter what. As his ship passed by the Island of the Sirens, Odysseus
heard “notes of music so ravishing and attractive” that he
strove to break himself free of his binding to swim to those sounds. His
oblivious to those same sounds tied him tighter, and the ship passed the
incident. Odysseus and the crew survived.
I don’t know if I am acting
as Circe by writing this warning to the new Governor, or as a mere crewman
with an earful of wax, but either way, the noises
that are emanating from Sacramento are nothing more than the siren’s
song. Those emitting such sounds are committed to the destruction of this
term, and the restoration of their own power. They want him to cast himself
into their sea in pursuit of their siren’s song.
Republican Legislators stuffed their ears with the equivalent
wax, listening to the words of their
constituents, and not to the siren song of the tax-and-spend
crowd in Sacramento. We survived the voyage, and, in that voyage,
helped elect the new Governor. We will stuff our ears again,
and, should this Governor be tempted to escape his promises,
and pursue the leftist’s siren song, we will tie him tighter
to the mast of his promise. That is the only way to successfully
complete the voyage on which we are all about to embark.