Saturday, March 24, 2007

Waiting for Mass Pols to pay more

Government is a force for good. Yes? (most can agree on the definition of "force", the question then, is who defines "good"?) Then those who believe in government as a force for good should be willing to support the noble purposes of government by voluntarily paying more in taxes. In Mass they have that option every year, to pay a higher or a lower income tax rate. Want to take a guess about how many people choose the higher rate?


   Here's how the optional tax came about: In 2000, voters cut the state income-tax rate to 5 percent in a 59 percent to 41 percent landslide. The convicted-felon speaker, Tommy Taxes, refused to abide by the voters' mandate and froze the reduction at 5.3 percent.
    But the Citizens for Limited Taxation (CLT) proposed an optional higher rate, so that those million or so voters who wanted to keep their taxes way up there would have the opportunity to walk the walk, in addition to talking the talk. For some reason, Tommy Taxes went along with the gag.
     Alas, and try not to let this destroy your faith in the sincerity of the moonbat and hack communities, almost no one is ponying up.
    Here are the latest numbers, obtained yesterday from the state Department of Revenue.
    So far this tax season, 1.54 million people have filed their state returns. Of those 1.54 million, all of 424 people have opted to pay at the higher, voluntary rate.
    That's one-fortieth of 1 percent. And these chumps, I mean concerned citizens, have paid an extra $41,000, which means that those who volunteer to pay average about $20,000 a year in income.
    Hmmmm. How much does a state rep make - $55,000 base pay? Congressmen - $165,000. Judges - $130,000 or so.