Why Not “Yes” On Ballot Question One?

(Starve the Beast… – promoted by Cool Cal)

Like the clarion call on Capitol Hill for leadership regarding the mortgage bank bail-out crisis, there seems to be a lack of leadership here in Massachusetts regarding those who back the ballot question to eliminate the personal state income tax.

According to Boston’s NBC affiliate, “Even Beacon Hill Republicans have been muted in their response, saying they’re sympathetic with the frustrations of taxpayers, but have stopped short of backing the question.”

Why is that? Why are our elected officials reluctant to be seen in the same room with people who pay taxes that are routinely wasted, and/or used against us by elected officials? Maybe we should find politicians who listen to us instead of the current crop who talk nice to us every other November and blow us off during the two years in between.

Many of us are well aware of the fiscal nightmare such an income tax repeal would create, but it’s apparent many people feel forcing the state legislature to be fiscally responsible is something we just can’t afford to futilely ask them to be any more.

Let’s say the wife keeps the books in your family. Let’s say around a quarter of your paycheck this week is missing. She turns to her husband and says, “Honey, where’s the missing money from your check?” The husband responds, “I dunno. Fraud, waste, and abuse…?”

Being a good wife, she holds in her anger while all kinds of things are running through her head. “Is he gambling; does he have some floozy in an apartment somewhere…?”

The following week, the husband comes home with a paycheck and the wife immediately notices a quarter of it is missing again. She asks her husband where the money is and she gets the same response, “I dunno. Fraud, waste, and abuse…?”

Just how long would any wife put up with that nonsense?

Yet we taxpayers put up with this every payday on the local, state, and federal level. When the government essentially puts guns to all of our heads, telling us we WILL pay taxes for however they deem fit to spend it, they MUST give our hard-earned dollars all the respect and care appropriate.

But they don’t because we NEVER hold them accountable.

We constantly hear of wasteful programs, increased staffing for those programs, criminal filching of government dollars by individuals and entities, over-paid political workers, while politicians skirt their own rules when it comes to returning monies back to the towns (i.e. Lottery profits) and withhold them for future “General Fund” vote-buys. From the governor on down, they force us to enroll in programs they can’t pay for, knowing they can just force us to pay more.

No wonder the citizens of the Commonwealth say, “ENOUGH!”

And as far as decimating education, most of our public school money comes from the federal government. Local monies pay teachers. Now while I am the son of an educator and I have the utmost respect for the profession most of the time, these are the SAME teachers who tell us on one hand that we must do things “for the children”, but will take the first opportunity to go on strike, throwing hundreds of kids out onto the streets, just because they don’t get the pay increases and benefits they demand.

Think about it (and this is not exclusive to Massachusetts)…

We pay sales tax, taxes when we eat out, property tax (BTW- Governor Deval Patrick ran on a property tax rollback which he immediately took back AFTER he was elected), vehicle registration fees, a cigarette tax upgrade, excise taxes, utility taxes, failure to purchase the mandatory health insurance penalty, denial of deductions for 401(k) plan contributions, highway and tunnel tolls, and more. Yet for some reason, that’s never enough for our legislators.

Oh, and to give you an example of the arrogance of power that is the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, according to WCVB Boston, “Speaker of the House Sal DiMasi has suggested he would not let the question become law even if it was passed by voters.”

Like we haven’t seen that before.

Many of us have worked for businesses that have ups and downs. Sometimes we have to take a cut in hours; sometimes there are layoffs, and sometimes that business either shuts down or leaves the state. Government never shrinks. It always gets bigger and when it does, we are the ones who pay.

Maybe when the state legislature has to live by the same rules we live by, they may make more responsible decisions. Sure, repealing the state income tax will be rough but it won’t be the end of the world. Program cuts will be inevitable. Maybe useless programs will be eliminated altogether. I doubt the fraud, waste, and abuse will go away because too much of it sustains lifestyles (if you know what I mean)….

Then again, should Question One pass, our arrogant Democrat super-majority may find yet another way to blow off the will of the people. After all, this is Massachusetts and it’s not like there isn’t precedent.

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