Howie Carr Asks About Taxes

05Apr10

In Sunday’s Boston Herald, Howie Carr asks why the left isn’t paying more taxes.   The best point that I think he makes was this:

“Of 1,840,000 state tax filers, exactly 931 have opted to pay taxes at the higher rate. That works out to one-twentieth of one percent. Think of it this way: In 2000, only 60 percent of the Massachusetts electorate voted to cut the income tax, but a decade later 99.95 percent of the population has decided to take advantage of the tax cut a lot of them claimed they didn’t want or need.”

Or do we really think that the 40% who voted to not cut the tax was all Republicans.  Will someone really tell me that Massachusetts has 40% Republicans?

I think another explanation is that many people who go to the ballot box really have no clue what they’re voting on.  I’ve said many times that people should only be allowed to vote on items that they know something about.  It doesn’t have to be much.  For example, to vote for President, you name just one person on the ballot running for President.  If you say “Obama”, you get to vote.  If you say “Mickey Mouse”, you don’t.  Same with each of the other ballot measures.  Get rid of that silly straight ticket voting.  Heck, maybe there’s a child molester running in a downticket race who is with the party that you vote for.  You’re voting for a child molester.  Make people connect all the lines and only let them vote in races that they’ve done even a minute of research.

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