Red States lead the way to fiscal sanity .
” Hopes for overhauling the federal tax system are fading in Washington, but in some state capitals, tax reform experiments – some far-reaching – are fast taking shape.
Across the South and Midwest, Republicans have consolidated control of state legislatures and governorships, giving them the power to test long-debated tax ideas.
A similar plan is being pushed by Republicans in North Carolina. Kansas, which cut its income tax significantly last year, may trim further. Oklahoma, which tried to cut income taxes last year, is expected to try again.
“When it comes to getting pro-growth tax reform done this year, the only real opportunities are at the state level,” said Patrick Gleason, director of state affairs for Americans for Tax Reform, the Washington-based anti-tax lobbying group headed by small-government conservative activist Grover Norquist. “
” For liberals, this was not a moment of danger to be minimized but by far their best opportunity in a generation for increasing tax rates (which is the only fiscal reform they seem to want) and for robbing Republicans of future leverage for spending and entitlement reforms. And it is likely the best one they will encounter for another generation. Many on the left have seemed convinced lately that the politics of taxes had changed dramatically in their favor, and that the opportunity presented by the cliff could result in the kind of surge in revenue that could put off the coming fiscal crunch for years (until, they seem to think, it will just magically go away at some point) and so could save our entitlement programs from the need for reform. . . . “
” Grover Norquist, the Americans for Tax Reform president and anti-tax activist who has become a key figure in the ongoing negotiations on the fiscal cliff, took to Twitter as the House was voting Tuesday night to give his blessing to the deal:
Norquist, of course, is the architect of the anti-tax pledge signed by the vast majority of congressional Republicans, and his statement Tuesday night could give political cover to the 85 members of the House GOP conference who voted “yes” on the deal.”
See who’s fiscally responsible in your district before you cast that ballot .
” Today NTU released its comprehensive, interactive ballot guide to help taxpayers in all fifty states navigate the fiscal landscape and make the right choices for lower taxes and less government on November 6th. Click here to find your state.
The Heritage Foundation’s Robert Rector and Rachel Sheffield explain how the relentless upward trajectory of welfare spending is bankrupting the U.S. at an alarming pace. According to the recent Congressional Research Service report cited in the piece, welfare now costs taxpayers an eye-popping $1 trillion a year.”
Cartoon by Michael Ramirez
From The Rio Norte Line which graciously provides a choice collection of videos featuring Paul Ryan . View them all for a look at a serious man who understands the issues facing this country .
” I’m pretty excited about Romney’s
choice. These are two serious men who understand what needs to be done to correct our downward trajectory.
Compare the moral conviction, the
strength and intellect, the competence of these two, their devotion to their religions, their devotion to their families, their connection to reality and their
honesty to the two on the other side.
Not much of a contest is it?”
“We need true tax reform that will
at least make a start toward
restoring for our children the
American Dream that wealth is
denied to no one, that each
individual has the right to fly as high
as his strength and ability will take
him…. But we cannot have such
reform while our tax policy is
engineered by people who view the
tax as a means of achieving changes
in our social structure.”