The Democrats are trying to hammer through as many tax increases they can, knowing they will have to "peel some away" later. However, whatever they can get, they will take. They are doing this because when Gov. Pawlenty is up for re-election, the first thing they are going to do is print tee shirts screaming that Pawlenty raised taxes when he said he wouldn't. You will hear a lot of references to George W. Bush during this election. This strategy is so obvious.Go ahead, Tarryl Clark. Keep killing the geese that lay the golden eggs; and when they go John Galt with their feet, see who's gonna pay the bills, then.
There is a State Rep. named "Tarryl" something or other [Clark] who likes to go on TV and radio to blast wealthier Minnesotans. "They should sacrifice a little more," she chirps. Okay, Tarryl, do you have ANY idea what it takes to make it to the $250,000 a year level? How about THIS for sacrifice: I work at least 6 days a week, I've had to refinance my house twice, my car is a 1982 with 185,000 miles on it (my wife's 2001 has 108K on it). We dine out for celebrations only, such as birthdays. The house needs a new roof as well as other issues of repair. We don't go to the movies once a year at the most, and buy our clothes at the "clearance" sections of K-Mart and Target.
This has been going on since 2002. We do this because I am attempting to market new products, which is a very difficult process. (My latest is a 100% natural waterless hand & face cleanser.) Now, if this succeeds and I make it to $250K a year, I'll be damned if I'm going to turn this money over to people who go to the casinos, have kids they can't afford, have to drive a 2008 vehicle and refuse to work over 40 hours a week. I am naming examples from people I actually know. (“Work on a Saturday?? I have to go fishin'!")
I don't believe any tax increases are needed, as reduced spending should be used to balance the budget. If the state doesn't have the money to run programs, they get cut. Not every government program is sacred and the state certainly doesn't need to take money from people who have worked their tails off to achieve a certain level of income.
But, I'm just one person.
[Constituent of Rep. Tony Cornish]