I often wonder if public schools today even teach that America was founded on a tax revolt. Your column attacking proposed Ammendment 5 glossed over some issues and was disingenuous on others. That is no way to conduct a healthy debate on vital issues to voters and your readers.
The uniformity of media support for higher taxation makes one almost wish government would specify a higher tax on them in particular. We all know that "tax freedom day", the date when people begin earning for themselves instead of the state, reached to June before being pushed back a few days by the brothers Bush. President Obama promises a waterfall of higher taxes to soak "the filthy rich", while Republicans who campaign and are elected to fight for taxpayers are roundly villified as cruel and uncaring. Let an honest debate begin.
Ammendment 5 was removedd by a Judge because it didn't inform voters that there was no permanent replacement tax after 2 years. That simply means that voters will decide how or if to replace the lost revenue. How much has the state education budget grown the past years? How much has Florida state spending grown? I once read that per capita education spending since 1950 has grown by a factor of 30 times. Have the results kept pace?
The notion that leaving wealth with those who earned it ignores societal problems overlooks that creating wealth and opportunity solves many of those same problems. It also ignores the fact that businesses lay off workers and close stores when taxes make them unprofitable. When JFK, Reagan and now GW Bush cut federal tax rates, whole new industries were created and charitable giving soared. That is because the good in America comes from a free people, not just their government. Trusting the people to decide how much government we need and can afford is why we have elections. This election will further that debate.
Tim O'NeillCopyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times