The people over at Howard County Maryland Blog are worried that the Democrats might raise taxes. One of many reasons I am not a Republican is that Party's overblown anti-tax dogma. Now no one enjoys paying taxes and we all want our taxes to be as low as possible. Americans have a right to expect that when they hand their money (not all money is earned or "hard earned by the way, just ask Paris Hilton or George W. Bush) over to the Government, it will be used in a wise and judicious manner. We all know that there is a huge gap between reality and this ideal, however. No one is against trimming "the fat" in Government, except those benefiting from the fat, of course.
Tax cuts are always popular and opportunistic politicians realize their visceral appeal. Especially the Republicans. It's easy to sell a tax cut, your just telling the people what they want to hear. But Governments have a lot of responsibilities: educating the population, providing for the national defense, providing police and fire protection, providing a transportation and communications infrastructure, taking care of the disabled, providing a justice system, maintaining parks and recreational facilities, libraries, museums and zoos, protecting the environment.
But these responsibilities require money. That money has to come from somewhere. So if you want good government, you will have to pay for it. When expected revenues are exceeded by expected spending, you have four options raise taxes, cut services, cut pork or borrow money. At the local level of government, here in Howard County, you won't find much pork. At the state level, you will find pork, but you will also find lots of unmet and underfunded needs, like education, taking care of the disabled and environmental protection, just to name a few.
What do you think?