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Income Taxes—Good. Sales Taxes—Regressive

According to USA Today, some states are cutting property taxes and raising sales taxes. This is caused by the rise in home values and the subsequent property tax increases that rise brings about.

Sales taxes are regressive. Everybody pays the same flat rate. While many older people on fixed incomes can have a problem with increasing property taxes, the move to higher sales taxes shifts the tax burden downwards. The best solution is increasing income taxes on those who can afford to pay.

August 26, 2006 Posted by | Politics, Taxes---Yes! | Leave a comment

Another Reason I’m Glad To Pay My Taxes

The following is a letter I sent to the mayor and police chief of Jersey Village, Texas. Jersey Village is a small suburb of Houston. The services provided by the officer who helped me are yet another example of the necessity of taxes and government. In Texas we do not have a state income tax. Our taxes are regressive and mean-spirited.  Being a liberal is about paying your taxes and maybe even paying a little extra if it seems appropriate and you have the resources.     

Dear Mayor Heathcott:

My name is Neil Aquino. I live in Houston. 

On Monday August 14, 2006, I blew a tire while driving through Jersey Village on highway 290. This took place around 5 PM I was driving in the left lane when the tire popped. 290 was as busy and awful as it always is at rush hour. I pulled over on the left shoulder. I wanted off the highway before I lost control of the car.  I called 911. I needed a cop more than a wrecker at that point. 

The Jersey Village officer who arrived was very helpful. He used his cruiser to stop traffic on 290 and get me over to the right shoulder. He placed himself at risk to help me. The officer could have easily been struck by another car or truck. 

I’m sorry I did not catch the officer’s name. I’m sure you can figure it out with the details I’ve provided.  I’ve enclosed a $20 check made out to your municipal fund so that Jersey Village can recover some of the costs involved in assisting me.  Thank you.  

August 21, 2006 Posted by | Good People, Houston, Taxes---Yes!, Texas, Things I've Done | Leave a comment

Taxes Can Make Us Happy

Click this link to the BBC for an explanation of how taxes can make us happy.

August 15, 2006 Posted by | Politics, Taxes---Yes! | Leave a comment

Taxes–Yes! Pork–Yes!

A TexasLiberal reader recently left a comment suggesting that a flat tax would be a good idea. This was in response to my post that cheating on your taxes is treason. 

The progressive income tax is a great achievement of liberalism. People who have more money should pay more taxes. The more they earn, the higher percentage of their income they should pay. Nobody gets rich without help from others. To make money you need a good education, good employees and a stable society with laws and decent infrastructure. 

The reader who advocated a flat tax also said pork barrel projects should be curtailed. I disagree. Pork is good. It provides jobs. It builds things that are needed. And, of course, a few things that are not needed. So what? If we want to reduce the deficit, we should go after corporate welfare and millionaire tax-cheats. 

I appreciate everyone who reads my blog and everyone who leaves a comment. Though I disagree with the comments this particular reader left, it was nice that he or she took the time to do so.   

August 13, 2006 Posted by | Politics, Taxes---Yes! | 3 Comments

Cheating On Your Taxes Is A Kind Of Treason

A recent report says tax cheating by the very rich is on the increase. Cheating on one’s taxes should be seen as a kind of treason. If tax cheats were regarded as traitors, as in fact they are, we would have a more accurate perception of the damage done. It’s not just about the money that the government– and by extension the American people — lose out on. It’s about the assault on the legitimacy of our system. The burdens of running our society must be shared by all. And those most able to pay should assume the largest obligations. I’m not saying we should string tax-cheats up in the town square. But a life sentence for a tax-cheat who has ripped off the American people for millions of dollars would sure get some attention.    

August 8, 2006 Posted by | Politics, Taxes---Yes! | 5 Comments