In the paper today is a story about voter support for a graduated state tax. Voters like graduated state income tax. Well, voters are stupid. They don't realize that rich people already pay more in state taxes- much more. And, a wide percentage of our population (probably most of those who were "for" a graduated tax) don't pay ANY TAX at all. That is the problem with increasing the rolls of those who don't pay tax; they will always vote to screw those who do.
Our State income rip-off, I mean tax, is 3.9%. Let's add up all of life's taxes ... city, state, and federal? The federal tax rate ranges from 10% to 35%. The rate is 25% for those making between $31,850 and $77,100. Certainly you are not living in the lap of luxury for the privilege of sending one-quarter of your income to the federal black-hole, so Harry Reid can spend $18 million of it to build a bridge connecting property he owns in Arizona with a booming Nevada commuter town. All while being a member of the Most Ethical Congress EVA!.
Ok, so where was I? Oh, right. I'm at city taxes. For the privilege of living in Detroit, I pay 2.5% "resident tax." But, I'm not done with taxes - there is a 6% sales tax in Michigan. Six-fricken-percent. Property taxes, on a $100,000 home where I live is another $3,385.
So, almost 32% is coming right out of my paycheck, never to be seen. Roughly 4% of my family income is going to property taxes - I'm up to 36%. How to figure sales tax into total taxes, I'm not sure, but I'm going to guess we probably pay $1000 a year on sales tax, with is at least another 1%.
Now, honestly, how is it possible that the various governments can take 37% of my income, and still are not able to make shit run?
Michigan has a constitutional ban on graduated tax rates, and for good reason. Michigan is in financial trouble right now - thanks to an overspending government. To raise the rates on successful Michiganders will drive high earners out of the state. This is not an idle threat - they will move out of our state. To state not under the thrall of unions. To a state that will not overtax them.
House Speaker Andy Dillon, D-Redford Township, said he and Senate Republicans were negotiating to raise the personal income tax, expand the state's sales tax to include entertainment, such as tickets to concerts and games, or combine both tax options.
Tax tax tax. That will solve all of our problems. But, it's not just the Democrats.
Senate Republicans would consider a graduated tax only if a solution to the current budget deficit could be found without a tax increase, said Matt Marsden, spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop, R-Rochester.
Senate Republicans, you are now on notice. A graduated tax should NEVER be considered.
We should put on the November 2008 ballot a constitutional amendment that asks the voters whether we should continue to outlaw a progressive income tax.
"Outlaw" a "progressive income tax?" Nice use of scary words. And, who is this "we" you are talking about? This progressive tool, Dan Johnson-Weinberger, doesn't even live in Michigan.
I tell ya, Dan Johnson-Weinberger, a progressive-tax will lead to a progressive movement out of the state of Michigan. As long, of course, as this is the land of the free. There was a reason why the communists built fences around their countries, and it wasn't to keep people out.
In related socialist/communist thought, John silky-boy Edwards now joins the ranks of Hillary(!) Clinton in support of socialized medicine. Just in time to capitalize on Fat-boy Moore's new movie.