The Los Angeles Times editorial board is arguing for higher state taxes again. The Times always forgets to mention how high we are already taxed. Here is a copy of my letter to the editor:
More HALF-TRUTHS from the LA TIMES. The Times likes to point out that California “has the nation’s fourth-lowest ratio of all non-federal public workers — state, city, county, schools, special districts — to residents”. What the editors fail to mention is that California has the sixth highest state and local median tax rate – 10.6% (1). We have the 10th highest median household income – $58,931 (2). We don’t require more revenue (i.e. taxes), we need a more prudent manner of spending California’s enormous bounty.
The Times got an earful from its readers over its stance for more state taxes. I love the quotes from tommythek50 in his letter to the editor:
“If, from the more wretched parts of the old world, we look at those which are in an advanced stage of improvement, we still find the greedy hand of government thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry, and grasping the spoil of the multitude. Invention is continually exercised, to furnish new pretenses for revenues and taxation. It watches prosperity as its prey and permits none to escape without tribute.” – Thomas Paine
“People try to live within their income so they can afford to pay taxes to a government that can’t live within its income.” – Robert Half
“I place economy among the first and most important virtues, and public debt as the greatest of dangers to be feared. To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. If we run into such debts, we must be taxed in our meat and drink, in our necessities and in our comforts, in our labor and in our amusements. If we can prevent the government from wasting the labor of the people, under the pretense of caring for them, they will be happy.” – Thomas Jefferson