Sunday, March 8, 2009

So Raise the Damn Taxes

I don't think anyone can disagree that Michigan's roads are a disaster. My drive to work has once again become an obstacle course as last year's pot holes return with the spring thaws.

Assuming we can agree on this fact, the next question is how to fix it? On one hand are the timid, but somewhat rational people like Governor Granholm who think we need to increase taxes to maintain the infrastructure. But even she can't come right out and say it because she has been so cowed by the other side: the anti-tax fundamentalists.

I would think by now we could admit that the theories of the anti-tax crusaders are based on nothing but sand. Cutting taxes does not increase income, jobs or prosperity. It puts more money into the pockets of some people and takes it away from the Government that can no longer afford to maintain the roads, schools and hospitals that define our quality of life.

I would think conservatives (of all people) would understand that you can't get something for nothing. There is no magic fairy and there will not be a pony under the Christmas tree. Either we pay more taxes and allow the government to fix the roads or our cars will be ruined and businesses will pass the state by because our infrastructure is collapsing.

Destroying the state because you are too scared to raise taxes is not leadership. Michigan deserves better.

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