We now have it spelled out as plainly as can be the two different approaches to government. New Jersey has a budget hole. The governor wants to slash spending to balance the budget. The Legislature just passed a bill today that will raise taxes to help bridge the budget hole. The governor is likely to veto it.
It could not be any plainer than this.
Partisans will point out that the Republican is cutting spending and the Democrats want to raise taxes. While that is true here (and in other cases), let’s not be fooled in thinking Republicans don’t raise taxes. Rather, it would be more on point to say that the conservative is cutting spending and the government workers are raising taxes.
All across our country, municipalities, states, and the federal government are wrestling with huge budget holes. Raising taxes seems to only grease the wheels of the machine that is causing the huge budget holes. True reform is not going to occur with targeted taxes, being creative with taxes, or pandering to specific constituencies.
Government is growing. For me (and I suspect many others), that is not a good thing. Limiting government is good.
Yes services will be lost. Overall, that is good for us. Will some take advantage? Absolutely. The counter is that folks are taking advantage now. (Who are the politically connected? If you are not among them, you lose.)
It is easy to point to the federal government and its roles. The Constitution does a pretty good job at defining it. State and municipalities are less defined. But when we can have three different tax zones in the town I live in, I think we have allowed government to mess too much. We pay 7% for goods and services at the “regular” stores. But if we purchase those same goods and services at a UEZ store, we only pay 3.5% . . . unless you attend the racetrack where you spend 9%. It’s convoluted.
Just as crafting a special tax for those who make more than $1 million annually.
Cut, cut cut spending!
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