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The Fallacy in 'No New Taxes'

While saving the wealthy elite from taxes, low-income families will suffer changes to their health and education

By L. A. Ortega
Published on LatinoLA: July 2, 2009


The Fallacy in 'No New Taxes'


There is convincing evidence that 'No New Taxes,' as championed by Republicans in the California legislature, is directed to a specific class of folks rather than to the whole.

The Bible tells us "to whom much is given, much is expected." Webster's tell us that a tax is a charge to a person's income.

What greater charge is there than to completely take-away that income, as proposed by State Legislators in removing safety-net benefits and making massive cuts in education. Further, to deny access to higher education based on class is a charge on every individual in that class.

President Obama says, "I simply believe that those of us who have benefited most from this new economy can best afford to shoulder the obligation of ensuring every American child has a chance for that same success." Warren Buffet says, "Those who have benefited most from the market should pay a bigger share."

The call for equality is at the very foundation of faith, spirituality and existence. 'No new taxes,' if at the expense of and charge to low-income families is not 'no new taxes' for all, but rather 'no new taxes' for some.

Between 1971 and 2001 in America, the income of the top hundredth of a percent of people went up almost 500 percent.

President Obama, in his book the Audacity of Hope, tells us that most wealthy American's income is derived from dividends and capital gains which is currently taxed at 15%. A working middle-class mom will pay double that in employee taxes.

The truth is that new taxes are inevitable.

The Bible also brings out "...as a matter of equality, your surplus at the present time should supply their needs..." The question then is do we follow Biblical and expert guidance and allow surpluses to supply present time needs, such as those enjoyed by oil companies in California, or do we tax those least able to endure a change to their income.

To not tax the rich is to tax the lives of the poor. Removing safety-net benefits and making massive cuts in education will devastate low-income families and erase the small income they struggle to make each year.

While saving the wealthy elite from taxes, low-income families will suffer changes to their health and education, which is...a tax.

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