This all starts at the local level for me. My township and the City of Canal Fulton in Ohio had failed for years to pass a levy to pay for the new schools. There is a large elderly population in town and they understandably didn't want their property taxes to go up. So they came up with the brilliant idea of an earned income tax which of course did not include any retirees, people on unemployment and welfare or otherwise not gainfully employed. While I have sympathy for some of these people, the earned income tax costs me $1200 a year in SCHOOL taxes. So this year I said no on every issue they put forth that would increase my taxes. Oh, by the way, the school tax also excluded businesses who actively campaigned for it.