Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Six Myths About Taxes

I appreciated Miles Spicer's op-ed in today's Star Tribune: With No Race to Run, I Can Say It: Taxes. It's a clear, simple summary of the argument for taxes in a state where we've run out of money and our governor has held firm to a no-new-taxes pledge he made eight years ago.

Spicer frames his agument with the over-used myth construction, but I can forgive him for that:

Myth 1: U.S. citizens are taxed excessively.
Myth 2: America's corporate tax rate is too high.
Myth 3: Taxes inhibit, or are destructive, to economic growth.
Myth 4: Minnesotans are taxed excessively.
Myth 5: Companies will move out of state because of our taxes.
Myth 6: Government is inefficient, and our taxes are mostly wasted.

You'll have to follow the link to see what he said to support each of these claims.

1 comment:

Ms Sparrow said...

I have always been of the opinion that the money we pay in taxes is a hell of a bargain! And considering what I pay for health insurance and health-related expenses, I'd happily pay higher taxes for public health care. Call it socialized medicine if you want, but I know folks without ANY health care options who go without medication or treatment for life-threatening conditions. The Conservative complaint that we might up paying for healthcare for non-citizens doesn't affect my opinion one bit! Those who think that way should be ashamed.