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Vote ‘no’ for taxes

Posted: August 19, 2014 8:49 a.m.
Updated: August 20, 2014 6:00 a.m.

While it may be overly ambitious to tackle academia and government at the same time, to some extent, that is what I’m going to do. And in doing so, heaven forbid I assume an Obama level of arrogance required to advise you what to do. I simply am saying what I am going to do and give reasons for my decision.

In the November elections, I am voting in opposition to any and all tax increases of any kind. I get weary of hearing talk “penny” taxes as if we are naïve enough to dismiss that as flippantly as the oil companies try to placate us with the 9/10th cent added to the $3-plus price of a gallon of gas. We all know they are not talking about pennies, but, rather, percentages of a dollar, and that percent added to and multiplied by every expenditure we make for the rest of our lives amounts to many dollars out of our pockets.

In lieu of tax increases, I think it is time for all governments, from D.C. to the county, including school districts, to start living within their means like you and I must do in our households. If you or I want to build a new house (school), we do so only if we can afford to do so given our current income; otherwise, we don’t build it. Only if we can rearrange or reapportion our assets do we proceed. By the way, if anybody thinks that “penny” is going to be removed when bonds are paid off, you are, indeed, naïve.

Now, I know -- depending on your particular agenda or objectives, you can probably come up with what you think are legitimate arguments in favor of the tax increases, and I respect that, but this is the way I see it.


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