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Republicans Need To Grow Up About Taxes

lefunk01 Wrote: Apr 03, 2013 9:39 AM
I know you have picked Maryland as an example of wrongheadedness in opposing tax increases, however you are not telling the whole story. For years Maryland had a sound transportation trust fund but similar to what has happened with social security at the federal level, transportation fund have been put toward other social programs and other budgetary drains instead of fixing roads. Now all of a sudden we really need to fix the road like we should have been but there is no money left, so lets raise more taxes. What would keep the same thing from happening again? Maryland is an example of existing taxes not going toward their intended purpose, which happens all the time in government. Every new tax should have specific language restrictions.
Texas Chris Wrote: Apr 03, 2013 10:10 AM
"... fund have been put toward other social programs and other budgetary drains instead..."

THAT, friend, is the key to every government program failure. Well said.

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Republicans are flailing about these days, trying to rebrand themselves before the next election cycle. A certain amount of introspection and internecine debate is inevitable after suffering a stinging loss against an opponent with a dismal record. One thing the GOP needs to do to gain greater acceptance among voters is to improve their credibility by outgrowing a tiresome, unthinking opposition to any and all tax increases.

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