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sagehen10/18/2020 9:59:59 am PDT

re: #234 Anymouse 🌹🏑😷

Yes, my state senator wants to move entirely to a flat sales tax to fund the state, despite being already upside-down in the budget. We have one of those bullshyte libertarian balanced budget amendments in our state constitution, so the effect would be to eliminate social services and public schools (both longtime goals of conservatives).

I really need to run for the Unicameral. I’d probably get shellacked, but at least Steve Erdman would actually have to campaign rather than write op-eds.

Adam Smith on a progressive tax:

β€œThe necessaries of life occasion the great expense of the poor. They find it difficult to get food, and the greater part of their little revenue is spent in getting it. The luxuries and vanities of life occasion the principal expense of the rich, and a magnificent house embellishes and sets off to the best advantage all the other luxuries and vanities which they possess. A tax upon house-rents, therefore, would in general fall heaviest upon the rich; and in this sort of inequality there would not, perhaps, be anything very unreasonable. It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion.”