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Thursday, January 12, 2006

Undecided

From an article in yesterday's paper:
"As for the proposed tax cut, which House Republicans have put at $230 million tax cut and Huntsman has settled on $60 million, Senate Republicans remained undecided after a Tuesday lunch caucus."
We keep reading that the Senate is undecided as to how much they will recommend for a tax cut. It ain't indecision, folks. It's a commitment to responsible decision-making.

The budget surplus is not government money. It is your money, taken by force. We think we owe it to you to do our homework, take time to understand competing priorities, and make as wise a series of decisions as we are able. We will make decisions when it is appropriate to make them, and not before.

We're talking about a sudden infusion of hundreds of millions of dollars. If you came into that kind of money (which you have) you would, hopefully, be very thoughtful about the best way to use it. You should expect the same from your elected leaders.

Of course you pay too much tax. We'd love to give it all back. You also have expressed desperate needs in areas like education, transportation, and economic development. How should we balance that? We have a massive surplus this year but how much of that can we count on next year - and the year after that?

A public fistfight would sell a lot more papers, but you're not going to find that here. Probably. If you want drama go to a movie. If you want responsible decision making done in a careful, deliberative manner, grab a Diet Coke and come visit us.

The Senate will come out with a series of decisions and recommendations soon enough - and in plenty of time for a robust democratic debate.

3 Comments:

Blogger Citizen 451 said...

Taken by force?

I thought we lived in a representative democracy in which the people consent to taxation by elected officials.

1/12/2006 2:24 PM  
Blogger USU2A said...

YES, by force. Under a Republic, minority right's are protected, under "mob rule" or democracy minoritiy rights are not protected.
I pay taxes to help subsidize other people's businesses, art, food, education and medical expenses, not by choice but by force.

If my rights were protected from the mob, I would only have to pay taxes on a smaller government whose only function is to protect life and property. As it is now I pay taxes to a government so they can better threaten my life to redistribute my property. A complete reversal of the type of government described in the Declaration of Indpendence.

Americans are selling our liberty and independece for the lie that government is a solution to our problems and that it will provide for us.

We live in a society where people "comply" with taxation.

2/13/2006 12:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.
-George Washington

2/13/2006 12:51 PM  

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