( – promoted by Patrick)
Carla Howell is back with her initiative to end the income tax and the moonbats have already started whining about the end of the world. Our current state budget is about $28 billion. If passed, the initiative would cut the state budget by about 40%. This would leave the state with $17 billion to use as they saw fit.
Would this mean the end of police, schools, and infrastructure? Hardly.
Currently, the state spends something like 9% of the budget on criminal justice, 23% on education aid, 17% on other local aid, and 11% on debt services. What does that add up to? Exactly 60% of the budget!
(Pessimism under the fold)
The truth is that eliminating the income tax is not unreasonable at all. In fact, given that we are losing population everyday and have the 2nd worst job growth in the entire country, I would say this might be the best idea to come around in a long, long time.
Of course this is still a pipe dream. The legislature will ignore us like they always do. We’ll be told that we can’t be trusted to handle our own money. The legislature will kill the initiative any way they can and politics as usual will continue in Massachusetts.
The truth is that the legislature is worried about losing $11 billion which they can use to create hack jobs, reward special interests with pork projects, and otherwise just waste on whatever suits their fancy.
Of course this does not mean that I think what Carla is doing is all in vain. In fact, I believe that it can only help Republicans. The more that Democrats ignore the will of the people, the worse they will start to look – even to people who usually support them. It can only give Republicans more campaign fodder when they run against pro-status quo incumbents.
So join me in supporting this initiative because it’s a step in the right direction.