Wednesday, September 10, 2003

Most Alabama voters can expect a tax increase.

But the SCLM say "Alabama Voters Reject $1.2B Tax Hike."

In reality, 85% of Alabama income tax payers would pay the same or less under the plan. Only the wealthiest would pay more 15% would pay more. But Alabama voters rejected that, so the legislature will have to raise taxes under the current system, under which most taxpayers will pay more.

Now, explain this to me: Republicans support lower taxes, right? This plan would have lowered most people's taxes. Yet with the exception of the governor, Republicans, like former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, opposed this. Why?

Near as I can tell, Republicans don't care as much about lowering your tax payment as lowering your government's tax revenue. A plan that accomplishes the latter, even if it means raising taxes for most taxpayers, is better.