It's amazing. There will a perfect avalanche of tax proposals on the November ballot. Almost all of them are being touted as absolutely vital to the continued well-being of their individual voting constituency. Many are described as a "temporary band-aid."
Well, I have news for you. If these measures are passed, they most likely won't be temporary. And if the "band-aid" is ever pulled off, the wound will still be there, worse than ever. Nothing will be solved.
Pension costs have gone to totally unrealistic levels due to atrocious planning by the various agencies. The only way stop this madness to vote down * every * tax proposal on the ballot. All of 'em! This will send the clearest possible message to our rapacious agencies.
Things may get worse for the short-term, but they will get much better when those agencies realize that the answer to their fiscal problems is not another tax.
Posted by Huh?, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Aug 7, 2012 at 12:01 pm
Ronald Reagan is the father of America's national debt. The national debt declined relative to the GDP under every president since WWII before Reagan. Under Reagan and Bush 1 the national debt quadrupled due to tax cuts to 70% of GDP - during times of relative economic stability and economic health. After a brief decline under Clinton, the debt shot up again under Bush II. Most of our nation's current debt was taken on during the Reagan, Bush and Bush years - look it up. And the source of the debt was cutting taxes, notwithstanding the comfy fairy tales repeated by the right wing propaganda machine.
The national debt increased during the Great depression and WWII, due to necessity. America has fought off the worst impact of the great recession by deficit spending since the last year of BushII. (Look at how the rest of the world is struggling.) Unfortunately, we were already $11 trillion in debt when Obama took office, which severely hampered our ability to weather the economic storm created by the deregulation of the financial markets.
So we continue paying lower taxes than our parents and grandparents, building up debt through irresponsible tax cutting, and the whiners complain. And complain. And complain. Wah-wah.
Posted by Aubrey, a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, on Aug 7, 2012 at 1:35 pm
The ONLY people that will vote for ANY of the Tax Initiatives are those voters that don't pay taxes. It's time to cut spending, at both a State and Federal level, and require the government to live within OUR means.
The government can't and shouldn't be everything to everybody...
Posted by Dan, a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, on Aug 7, 2012 at 7:31 pm
Vote all new taxes down especially school bonds. Half of us pay for the lazy half. Off Glasgow---a family just imported mommy from India and she's getting a gov check!! Another jus. Signed up for WIC but a week later, joined her tennis club! Enough.
Posted by Sam, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Aug 8, 2012 at 11:33 am
Dan - Just curious...who are the "lazy half" to which you refer?
Clearly, much fewer than one-half of the working-age population is out of work. So, you must be referring to others as well. Could it be those who work two mimimum wage jobs just to make ends meet, who pay sales, property, excise, SDI, Social Security, and other taxes, but don't earn enough to pay much (or as much as you would like) in federal income taxes. Are they the "lazy half?"
Or is it the significant number of corporations that didn't pay ANY federal income tax last year?
Posted by jrm, a member of the Vista Grande Elementary School community, on Aug 12, 2012 at 7:49 pm
This time around I am voting NO to every tax increase, there has been no meaningful pension reform so I will vote no, no, and no again to any increases in my taxes. Simply put..our trends are not sustainable...the unions must understand that NO is an ANSWER as my Father used to say...