Kudos to Billings for saying exactly the right thing about the no-tax pledge.
While Bailey pledged not to raise taxes -- "Yes, I can guarantee you I won't raise taxes. It's a horribly unpopular thing to do" -- Billings called taking such a position "impractical." Billings hasn't raised any taxes during his eight years in office but said he couldn't swear "on a Bible" that it wouldn't be necessary in the future.
"It would be impractical for any politician or government leader to say so," he said.
RE the other guy, I don't know what's worse, Bailey's reflexive willingness to completely abandon half of the fiscal policy options he'd have available to him as mayor, or his reason for doing so. Fun exercise: try dropping the phrase 'raise taxes' from that quote and substitute some other basic function of government.
Example: "Yes, I can guarantee you I won't protect the first amendment rights of flag-burners. It's a horribly unpopular thing to do."
Fun for the whole family...