Jason Lewis: Higher taxes? Oh, they make it sound so swell!

  • Article by: JASON LEWIS
  • Updated: February 25, 2010 - 6:35 PM

What really worries Minnesota liberals is that the budget got smaller -- and no one was bothered by that.

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tkringleFeb. 25, 10 6:59 PM

When I moved to this state 12 years ago, I knew that I would be paying more. I also knew that I would be getting much better public services. Maybe Mr. Lewis and his ilk would be better off moving to a lower tax state like Mississippi or even better - Somalia

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2bornot2bFeb. 25, 10 7:16 PM

Surprise, surprise! Jason Lewis moaning and groaning about taxes once again -- Can't these Publican radio talking heads come up with something new to complain about -- After all, they work so hard and contribute so much to the betterment of mankind!

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NoPistnsFeb. 25, 10 7:37 PM

I hear that taxes are really low in Mississippi and Louisiana. Maybe you'd like to move there. Just don't expect much in return.

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clowns125Feb. 25, 10 7:46 PM

A hammer sees every problem as a nail and Jason sees every problem is caused by high taxes. The taxes he is railing against were taxes voted on directly by the majority of voters (not liberal legislators) who recognize you have to pay real money for services desired. If you refuse to even discuss the possibility of raising any taxes then you ruin your ability improve our tax system that sorely needs some intelligent reform.

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futuricsFeb. 25, 10 8:03 PM

If you were going to tell Lewis to "love it or leave it" I'd have thought you guys would have instead, told Jason to move to Denmark, where they bite you for 42% - 68% of your hard-earned kroner. Hee-hee, I never thought I'd see the day when Liberals would essentially tell Conservatives to "love it or leave it." You silly "socialists" like clowns125, NoPistns and tkringle totally crack me up! What next out of your mouths? "Get a haircut, hippy"? Oh, wait ....

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ranger78Feb. 25, 10 8:03 PM

We can debate whether our taxes are too high or too low. We can debate the areas that we should or should not pay for with tax payer dollars. But there is no debating that the MN state budget has tripled since the early to mid 1990's. There is no justification for this exponential growth. It's not about moving to Mississippi. It's about a rational size of gov't. And there is nothing rational about our current size.

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mitchFeb. 25, 10 8:41 PM

Anyone who has any skin in the game knows we're overtaxed. I gaurantee the 1st 3 people to comment are either college students, college professors or unemployed. Lefties love the word 'sustainable', but what is sustainable about our spending in this state (or country for that matter)? We don't have the money folks. And for all of you lefties, you should thank your stars we still have hard working people in the private sector to fund the Dems' stupidity. But you probably still believe that Gov't can 'create' jobs. Does ANYONE on the left know where 'gov't' money really comes from?

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gopher68Feb. 25, 10 9:01 PM

First, you say that the state budget has tripled since the early to mid-90's. I took a look at the state's historical expenditures i found online: http://www.mmb.state.mn.us/doc/budget/report-spend/jan09.pdf You're kinda right, but stretching the truth. The only way you can get the tripling is if you compare the 90-91 biennium to the projected 12-13 estimated bienneium (not the "mid-90's). So that means in a 22-year period the budget has indeed tripled. That's a big number, but it's also a long period of time. Let's look at how two important budget inputs have grown over that time: inflation and population. The CPI has grown about 65% from 1990 to 2008 and Minnesota's population has grown from 4.375 million to about 5.266 million, about a 20% growth. Multiplying the growth rates (actually 1 + each growth rate) means that just to adjust for inflation and population growth, the budget should have doubled. That's still a $10 billion question, but I would argue not nearly as egregious as the neat little "tripling" statement you snuck into your argument. But $10 billion is still a lot of money. Instead of arguing about "bloated" government or "move to mississippi if you don't like it", how about an intelligent, unbiased discussion about what we're getting for our tax dollars? Quite honestly, I'm on the fence about taxes and the size of government. Rather than hearing whiny comments from both the right and the left, how does one find unbiased information about this issue? I'm all for paying more taxes ONLY IF the spending is justified.

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mstrehlFeb. 25, 10 9:17 PM

Great research and statement. I have to agree that I only want to pay more taxes if the spending is justified. The problem is that what you and I might think is justified is likely different. Here's one for you...I've calculated my effective tax rate (income tax, SS tax, Medicare tax, sales tax, property tax, license fees, car tabs, etc) and it comes out to a whopping 46%. Now add in the fact that I save 10% via 401K for retirement. I also save 5% per year into my daughters college savings plan. That means I live on 39% of what I earn - that doesn't feel like the American dream to me?

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clowns125Feb. 25, 10 9:37 PM

It's so crazy it might just work. Cut business taxes because businesses create jobs. Raise individual income taxes for all income levels since individuals use government services. Cut government spending where you can understanding some government spending needs to increase more then inflation. When schools, roads, police, fire, and nursing homes are outsourced to China then government can increase by the rate of inflation.

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