Tax Evidence from New York

Do high taxes discourage work and investment? New York has high taxes and they are getting higher. Over the past decade “1.97 million people have left the state for greener pastures,” and since last August, New York City has lost more than 75,000 jobs. People will leave. People do leave. They will escape high taxes.

The New York Assembly Speaker, Sheldon Silver is imposing a two percentage point “millionaire tax on New Yorkers who earn more than $200,000 per year. (Wait! That’s not a million! Small semantic objection.)

My wife asked last night, “So liberals like tax increases?”

I replied, “Yes. Those and increasingly strict regulations are how they propose to repair all things, do all things, to enact their program of utopia, or as they would call it, a “live-able society”.  They must control everything in order to reach their aims. How else can they save us all from our stupidity? Liberals desire “savior” status. (Read Thomas Sowell’s The Vision of the Anointed for a full appreciation of this.)”

Obama and Montana’s Governor, Brian Schweitzer, have a similar agenda. They are after tax cheats. Schweitzer hired 100 new full-time tax prosecutors. Obama’s speeches include the same promise. Liberals want to give the public the impression that tax cheats are everywhere. Liberals hallow taxes. They sully the reputation of earners.

Quotes above are from the Wall Street Journal, April 11-12, 2009.

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