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The Tax Revolt is Here

May 21, 2009 by

At this Minyanville,

look around your state and locality and start preparing now. The tax revolt is coming. Yesterday voters resoundingly defeated a slate of special election measures in California designed to deal with that state’s $21.3 billion shortfall…. The vote wasn’t even close. Voters rejected all but one of the six propositions on the ballot, approving a measure prohibiting pay raises for lawmakers and other state officials during deficit years.

As social mood continues to darken and turns increasingly negative, you should expect tax revolts across the country to become more aggressive. For a reference point, check out this paper by Mark Thornton and Chetley Weise, “The Success of the Great Depression Tax Revolts“.

{ 8 comments }

Dick Fox May 21, 2009 at 8:44 am

The only problem is that we are living a James Madison nightmare, factions are taking over government leading to minority rule.

Madison reasoned in federalist 10 that factions would always be with us and that the solution to special interests was to set them into opposition preventing any one from gaining enough power to impose its will.

With the people of California opposing the will of the political class and rejecting their redistributionist tax and spend policies we can rejoice, but recognition that the federal government is now filled with the same political class the actions of the majority can be overwhelmed by the whims of the minority as the market discipline of bad government is socialized on a national scale.

Unless the power of the central government is limited federalism loses its power; it has no meaning.

Mark Ennis May 21, 2009 at 10:15 am

It’s one thing to rightly be excited that Californians rejected a bunch of new taxes. Every victory is a victory. But that victory is going to be short-lived because they’re going to vote for state-wide and federal representatives that continue to impose the same policies that require such awful taxation in the first place. Until that happens, they’re just delaying the agony.

Vake May 21, 2009 at 10:41 am

This all means nothing if they receive a federal bailout:

Unions: 1, Taxpayers: 0

Brad May 21, 2009 at 11:50 am

You mean people voted down taxes? I don’t believe it.

Did they vote down entitlements? No?

The Feds have been playing that tune for years – down with taxes, up with entitlements. Borrow the difference. If there’s still a shortfall, overstimulate the economy so taxable transactions rise even if the rate or type don’t.

Tax revolts are well and fine. But if the final answer when services are cut is the requisite belt tightening and self sufficiency, great. If the answer to the decline of socialist structure is confusion and scapegoating, then we’ve got a problem. Taxes and socialist thuggery need to end, certainly, but without knowing the full intent of the “revolters” I’ll hold my enthusiasm for later. The zeal of tearing down the old order could lead to more problems than they solve. Leaving the bloated structures at anyl level open for takeover by hardliners isn’t much of a solution.

A principled reduction of taxing and spending is by all means needed. Pile driving the thing into the ground without a plan isn’t.

Free Will May 21, 2009 at 12:35 pm

I think that sexual pulse is “taxation” of free-will. Nature taxes free-will by forcing urges and pulses on it’s creatures.

When you think about it, you cannot be a true libertarian while satisfying yourself at obeying nature’s commands.

At least nature makes this conscription of service pleasurable and difficult to see, but it’s still conscription of service.

I refuse to submit to this tyranny and provide this service. The more I will feel this urge, the more I will resist.

Instead of having a stiff dick, I will have a stiff body and and stiff will.

I come to think that God and nature are the ultimate tyrans and they are after our free-will and souls !

Agorist1 May 21, 2009 at 3:20 pm

Hopefully we’ll see people willing to take up arms and peacefully yet forcefully shut down the oppressive agencies, and they did in the days of Daniel Shays. Hopefully…

lester May 25, 2009 at 4:21 pm

the powers that be are riding out the recession. They figure they can filbuster untill things turn around. They will do anything and everything they have to do to avoid making changes.

the next step will be some “painful” cuts, always in the most obvious and neccesary things like poor kids lunches or something so they can send the message that spending cuts will be the most horrible thing imaginable.

Noel August 5, 2009 at 12:47 pm

This is a link to a viewpoint piece on tax revolt as relating to gay marriage that I wrote. It was published about two or so weeks ago. Hope the link works….

http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/ARTICLE.php?AID=21805

Noel

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