This morning's paper (Argus Leader, Sioux Falls, SD) at http://www.argusleader.com/apps/pbcs.dll/frontpage is sporting an article that proclaims "The City Council sided with opponents of raising the second-penny sales tax who called it a hardship for the poor and middle class."
I find it applaudable that the city council would deny the city gummint a chance to raise taxes.
I do, however, think the reason for the denial was misplaced.
The reason given, is indubitably a statement in favor of class envy. Anytime we are doing something that would harm a sector of society, we are employing class envy.
How is it, we have not employed class envy tactics when we speak of oil and alternative sources of energy?
We still have elitests that pooh-pooh drilling for our own oil, and natural gas, which would definitely assist the poor and middle class.
Instead, we drive hell bent for leather into using grain for alternative fuels.
Now, to my military mind, the poor and middle class have taken a direct hit; because the price of milk, bread, cereal, meat, and the items needed on a daily basis have increased, and are anticipated to increase even more, because we are paying farmers to put their grain into alternative fuels.
Somebody, somewhere, is demonstrating that they have not got the brains God gave a bent screwdriver.
Why do we not deny new taxes, or tax increases, simply because it is morally wrong?
Taxation, is still, a legal form of stealing; and stealing is WRONG!