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Op-ed column: Taxes are price of a good life, and not such a burden

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Nobody is happy about paying taxes. I deplore them like the next guy. But let’s face it: All the whining about taxes at a time of rising deficits and the possibility of serious reductions in government services is growing really tiresome. I know very good people who have small businesses. They are carpenters, they sell insurance, they run restaurants or small farms. Nearly all of them are riding on the great anti-tax bandwagon. Many seem ...

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August 12, 2012
7:47 a.m.

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The reason people deplore tax increases today has a lot to do with the fact that so much of our tax dollars are wasted. Every day we read stories about individuals who milk the system, about fraud, about corruption -- at all levels of government. If people felt their taxes were being used properly for necessary programs, they might not be so ready to bitch about another increase.

August 12, 2012
12:49 p.m.

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Manjo is right. Although I entirely agree that more taxes need to be collected, I equally entirely distrust the government to spend the money wisely. One big problem is that once government gains control of large sums of money, then those who receive the money work to gain control of government, or its agencies, so they can get even more of the money while providing less value in return. Until this problem is solved, opposition to taxes will remain high.

August 12, 2012
8:48 p.m.

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I think both Manjo and myshortpencil make very good points. Davidson may make enough money that an additional 2-3% in annual tax increases are trivial, those of us who are underemployed, unemployed or haven't received a raise in several years find otherwise - it all adds up quickly.

Big business, big investors and our elected representatives get fat from our tax system, at our expense. Neither presidential candidate has offered any meaningful relief.

To another point raised by Davidson, our school taxes go up every year, even in prosperous times. Take a look at the latest education statistics - graduation rates are lower than they were for my generation, math and reading scores are lower, yet schools insist they need more money for the students. What good has it done for the students? Voters need to start voting down budgets and forcing schools to live within their (our) means AND fulfill their responsibility to our students.

August 13, 2012
4:16 p.m.

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Taxes are a burden, NY has some of the highest taxes in the US. Why do other states make out so much better without making the people pay more in property taxes then they pay on their mortgage?

Civic responsibility should be handled privatly and not required by the government.

Also 3% is a 50% higher increase then 2% and matters you fools.