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January 11, 2005

Tax cuts sound nice, don't they?

Not to the Salt Lake City art community.

Or the zoo.

Or the parks.

Posted by Dan at January 11, 2005 12:57 PM

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This is one of the things that pisses me off about tax cuts. It's such a black and white issue for so many people, they don't take into account the full realities of what is being cut.

Yes, taxes suck. And I don't think tax cuts are always evil. But I also hate how there are so many people out there--not everyone, but too many--who just hear tax cut and go for it without taking into consideration what those tax cuts will mean.

It's something I know all too well living next to Oregon. They've been having terrible issues for the last few years now, particularly with the public school system. Part of it is mismanagement of the budget and part of it is related to tax cuts.

The same thing has hit Washington pretty hard after they significantly reduced car registration fees a few years ago down to a flat $30. Now, I think there were legitimate complaints about how high the fees were before (it was based on a percentage of the car's value). However, the measure passed to lower it down to $30 was overkill, in my mind. In just a few months, for instance, the bus system here in Vancouver is going to be cut down to practically nothing because of the loss of funding from that registration cut. It's going to seriously hurt people. There are plenty who needed that bus service to be able to get to and from their jobs and hundreds of disabled people who literally relied on the C-VAN service as their only way to ever get out of the house to get to the store, doctors appointments and so on. I mean, this is something that literally is threatening some people's lives.

Which is just part of the trouble that has stemmed from that measure. Again, I don't think taxation is always the solution and overtaxation is not a good thing, but I wish people would give a greater consideration to the real detrimental effects that tax decreases can have and be more willing to consider compromises on taxations that would allow important services to continue.

And then I also can't believe that people can ignore the kind of debts we're running in this country, but I won't get into all that, as well.

Posted by: Joel Caris at January 11, 2005 03:52 PM

Taxes have always been a mixed bag in my mind.

The right tax cuts at the right time can be just what the economy needs. The wrong ones, or at the wrong time, can be, well, look at Salt Lake.

Posted by: Big Dan at January 11, 2005 04:54 PM

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