In light of Mayor-President Kip Holden’s proposed $989 million tax increase, I thought it would be interesting to take a look back in time at the words of past leaders regarding tax increases. I’ll let them speak to this topic:
- “The power to tax is the power to destroy.” John Marshall
- “Common sense told us that when you put a big tax on something, the people will produce less of it, so we cut the people’s tax rates, and the people produced more than ever before.” Ronald Reagan
- “We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.” Winston Churchill
- “Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery.” Calvin Coolidge
- “Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” Ronald Reagan
- “To tax the community for the advantage of a class is not protection, it is plunder.” Benjamin Disraeli
- “And the fore horse on this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follows that, and its train wretchedness and oppression.” Thomas Jefferson
- “I am not the candidate of the status quo. I don’t believe you tax your way to prosperity.” Rolfe McCollister, Jr. (during his campaign for Mayor in 2000)
I believe the public has enough sense to know, without these quotes, that taxation for additional public debt is a burden that our community does not need in these financially troubled times. Had we chosen a mayor that would have taken a harder look at our city parish budget, we would be discussing cutting taxes and wiser spending vs liberal taxation.
Vote NO to new taxes. Join the wisdom of our forefathers and demand that the Red Stick budget be scrubbed and not padded.
Until next time,
Red Stick Republican