Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Backfilling the General Funds (or Utah Anti-Tax Myth #774)

Considering the number of Republican legislators, county representatives, party leaders, and even federal delegates who have regaled me over the years with their yarns of low taxes, tax cuts, hate for taxes, concern for the work-a-day man, and -- did I say hate for taxes yet? -- I'm still surprised at the sheer contradiction of existence our representatives make when it's spelled out so plainly as this:

The Republicans in Utah have put tax increases on cigarettes, gas, internet purchases, services and a whole host of other fees on the table. These targeted fees and taxes that disproportionally hit certain segments of the population are really being used to "backfill" general funding needs. We should at least ask ourselves if small increases in broad revenue programs that ask each of us to share the burden is more responsible and grown up.
All true. And yet google the campaign platforms of each and every one of them, and you'll see the discrepancy. I'm not anti-tax myself, but I am anti-people getting elected pretending to be anti-tax when in effect no such candidate exists (nor really should) outside of Ron Paul's Magic Kingdom.


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