I don’t understand. How can we continue to cut taxes? How can the Republican answer to everything be to cut taxes? They seem to believe, cut taxes, the economy rises and you get more tax revenues, it sounds good and so simple, but does it really work?
The last economic slowdown that hit Japan led the Japanese government to drop their tax rate to an effective rate of zero on taxes. That move just seemed to lead to the Japanese having less tax revenue. It didn’t help to solve the problems.
Obviously, we’ve cut taxes in the past, and yes the economy has grown and improved, but the downside of that has been that our infrastructure has suffered because we haven’t had the monies to keep our highways and bridges in shape. It seems obvious that we need to do something to change the dynamic and get things moving.
The first answer is that, sure, the government spends all the money we give them, but we cut the amount of money that we give them and they still get to choose where the money is spent. Even though the infrastructure needs work, the work is deferred because the government decides that something else is more important. Government decides that they need to solve a problem that is in their face, and well, the infrastructure can wait until next year, who’ll notice the roads are a little bit worse. The schools are going to be all right, we’ll catch up later. Apparently that hasn’t worked, so far.
California has decided that we’re going to run the government based on referendums, in theory, that seems to be a great idea, but in practice, it doesn’t seem to be the way to go. Let’s face it, if we all read the referendum, we all looked at the proposed law and could see how it fit in with the other laws that have been enacted in the past it might be good. But the way that it happens, in most cases, is that the proposition is written with a misleading title, the proposition is written so that no means yes, and then the advertisements are written to further confuse the issue. The vast majority of the public doesn’t ever read the proposition, they just watch or read the advertising, and they make a decision based on that. We then get a law that may or may not be right, passed by a majority of the small minority that actually votes in the elections.
It seems everything comes back to the fact that we need to find legislators who doing what is right for the country. Legislators need to stop being committed to a party, they need to be committed to doing the right thing.