Sunday, January 03, 2010

An Honest Liberal: "Raise My Taxes"

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Michigan’s financial problems are structural. It is hypocritical to propose patching yet another annual budget by cuts only. For those who want to solve the fiscal problem by cuts, demonstrate some political courage, rather than going once again to the political cheap-shots.

Make structural changes: Work seriously to pass a progressive income tax. Eliminate funding for townships, consolidate school districts, enact rational sentencing reforms, and eliminate legislative pension and insurance hand-outs. Cut tax loopholes and extend the sales tax to all services. No more across the board cuts, cuts in programs for the most needy, and beating up on teachers and public servants. Significantly increase the Earned Income Tax Credit to protect the most needy, but please, do me a favor: Raise my taxes. Do it now.