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On taxes and the difference between politicians, grizzlies

Posted: Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Re: April 12 letter from Mr. Bennett Sr., Subject: Sales Tax v. Property Tax.

While I sincerely empathize with Mr. Bennett’s plight, our debating one tax

over another is precisely what the central government wants.

A sales tax increase cannot and will not provide protection against grievous

property taxes. Those who say so still believe the central government is

well-meaning and benevolent.

Here’s what happened in Michigan and one of the many reasons I left:

· They put a 5 cent tax on every gallon go gas to pay for roads and bridges — but the roads and bridges continued to fall apart.

· Then they instituted the lottery to pay for the schools — but the schools

continued their dismal slide.

· Then they granted a large property tax bread — but over the next couple years the assessments and millage increases wiped it out.

Some, notably a group in southern Michigan, found a way to revolt. Since the law provided three years to pay delinquent taxes without jeopardizing owned property, the people decided not to pay property taxes for two years thereby paralyzing the local government. Their novel effort failed when the politicians changed the law so that property would be in jeopardy after only one year of delinquency.

To know the truth, one need only review any of the historical arguments supporting one tax over another. Politicians always promise that increased sales taxes, or a gas tax, or a lottery will negate other taxes. But isn’t this just a “red herring,” used to divert attention from the real problem of governmental excess and political malfeasance? Of course!

The fact remains that no matter how high taxes are, the reckless and irresponsible spending of an ever-growing central government will be higher. The tendency for government to centralized is a given and as long as the personal property (including wages and real property) are a ready source of feeding the government’s frenzied appetite, the attack will continue.

The only difference between a very hungry grizzly and a politician is that the grizzly can be stopped.

Norm Olson

Nikiski



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