Thursday, October 4, 2012

Taxes aren't always about political philosophy

We often chalk up the arguments for or against new or higher taxes as a political philosophy. Hence, liberals never saw a tax they didn't like while conservatives, and particularly libertarians, never saw a tax they liked.

It's far more complicated (or simple?) than that. I tend to agree with Gene Glass in his remarkable tome, Fertilizers, Pills & Magnetic Strips: The Fate of Public Education in America (Kindle edition):

"Credit cards first changed America's spending and saving habits. Now they are beginning to shape public life; generations saddled with personal debt are unlikely to vote for taxes to build libraries, parks, museums, and schools." (Chapter Five)