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  1. dag

    I think that many times people arguing for lower taxes are really just expressing their discontent with how their tax dollars are being spent. It’s assumed that if tax revenues go down, we’ll cut the things they don’t like. I just don’t think people understand what their tax dollars go to support and how unhappy they’d be if services and programs they depended on went away (highways, education, regulation) – let alone the ones they don’t anticipate relying upon, but will/would appreciate when/if they needed (unemployment, welfare). But I completely agree with you, taxes are the price we pay for a high quality of life.

  2. admin

    I’ve always been amused by the unending refrain of fiscal conservatives: cutting taxes and tightening the budget will (through some miracle of financial voodoo) make government more efficient. By this, of course, they mean that cutting the overall budget will trim waste and stop excess spending to make the government as a whole much more “lean and mean.” Now while I think there are many cases where such logic is certainly appropriate, I find it hard to see that approach as always having the intended effect. What happens when across-the-board budget cuts just cause some areas to lose funding altogether, while other areas continue on unaffected (and no more efficient, either).

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