This is a very scary and almost real future for 37 out of the 50 states since single party rule makes it easier to pass these tax reforms. Some states are heavily considering eliminating the income tax for the state and replacing it with higher sales tax which critics say and I agree would burden the poor and middle class since hello most of their money goes to these taxed goods. The hope to overhaul the federal tax system on the national level is fading but some state capitals have decided to do it themselves by experimenting with their state. We are all guinea pigs apparently and we have no say until next election or removal. Across the U.S. South and Midwest, Republicans have consolidated control of state legislatures and governorships, giving them the power to test long-debated tax ideas. Nicholas Johnson, a state tax expert with the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, gave the chances of sweeping tax changes taking hold a low probability. Still, he said he worried the efforts in the states could move the tax discussion in a direction harmful to middle- and low-income taxpayers and make balancing state budgets harder.
My fear is that the state governments have way too much control over this. With the unemployment rate so high and the fact Americans are struggling to get back on their feet, this would be a total setback for everyone. People will buy less and conserve more not spur the economy like these government officials think. Again as I have said before, let greedom ring people again it is about short term solution that benefit the government not the people and no long term solution. Next election in whatever state you call home please think carefully about who you vote for and investigate the facts before you vote not what the snake oils salesmen are telling you.
I am glad someone is finally talking about this because it can only be avoided for so long and two months is too long. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) had a few choice words for House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Republicans Wednesday for not holding a vote on a Hurricane Sandy relief bill:
“There is only one group to blame for the continued suffering of these innocent victims: the House majority and their speaker, John Boehner. This is not a Republican or Democratic issue. Natural disasters happen in red states and blue states and states with Democratic governors and Republican governors. We respond to innocent victims of natural disasters, not as Republicans or Democrats, but as Americans. Or at least we did until last night. Last night, politics was placed before oaths to serve our citizens. For me, it was disappointing and disgusting to watch.”
The Senate has approved a $60.4 billion aid package to help New York and New Jersey recover from the storm, while the House Appropriations Committee has approved a $27 billion measure. Christie said at the conference that he would not accept the smaller package. A vote will be held Wednesday on two different measure involving the package now split into two. Many republicans were outrage over the house speaker not voting on this sooner and moving it to the back burner. If it is not voted on soon, then they would have to start all over.
Good for Christie and I do agree for once with this governor. Again our government not just Obama can’t seem to think of others before themselves. Anyone remember Katrina same thing there too. For being such an advanced civilization, we are really in the stone age. This should be the easiest decision we make as a country but our leaders can’t seem to get anything done.