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4. Tired of watching special interest lobbyists vying for exceptions and special breaks? Taking away tax complexity makes their involvement unnecessary. Former press secretary and columnist Tony Snow said in a USA Today column, “A ‘pure’ flat tax--no deduction beyond the standard exemption--would...turn the Washington establishment on its ear. It would guarantee fairness and neutrality by demanding that everybody above a certain income level pay the same tax rate on each new dollar earned. Economists call this the marginal tax rate. It would starve the lobbying community by eliminating its reason for being.” This would turn Sacramento on its ear!

5. With everyone paying the same flat-tax rate, more voters would be cautious about electing politicians who waste taxpayer money on inessentials. When it’s your money they’re playing with, you pay attention. When it’s your neighbor’s money, why not elect big-spenders!

6. If you want private sector growth, vote for a flat tax! Currently, the more productive people are, the more they’re taxed. A flat tax removes the penalties for success and encourages everyone to be as productive as they can be. That means new small business growth and more jobs!

Governor Brown didn’t support a flat tax because he was a supply-side conservative. Brown hated the special interests loopholes and the complexities in the tax code. To develop his plan in 1992, Brown met with conservative economist Arthur Laffer to craft his plan. His thirteen percent federal flat tax was endorsed by both the New York Times and the New Republic.

Now that getting federal legislators from 49 other cash-strapped states to provide a Washington bailout for California’s fiscal mess is becoming less and less likely, it’s time for bold leadership! Proposing a CA flat tax just might unleash bipartisan support in a state known for a never-ending partisan budget impasse. It’s time to let the California Dream soar again on the wings of a flat-tax plan!

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Terry Paulson

Terry Paulson, PhD is a psychologist, award-winning professional speaker, author of The Optimism Advantage: 50 Simple Truths to Transform Your Attitudes and Actions into Results, and long-time columnist for the Ventura County Star.

 
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