The People Have Spoken: No new taxes!
These have been the chants of protestors from April 15, 2009 to Monday, March 8, 2010 and beyond. Taxpayers from the steps of the Capitol in DC to the steps of our Georgia Capitol rail against being encumbered with rising taxes because politicians are unable to curb their appetite for spending. Often, in lieu of decreased spending, governments raise taxes. But the people have spoken and they are screaming, “No more!”
“The burden of debt is as destructive to freedom as subjugation by conquest.” This is the 27th Principle of Freedom as explained by the book The 5000 Year Leap. To be indebted to another is to give your power to that entity.
Well-run businesses understand this concept. Other corporations “too big to fail” are rapidly learning what it means to get government bailouts. AIG, GM, Chrysler and those who have partaken of taxpayer monies no longer operate their businesses as they desire but as the government commands. What if governments, conducted themselves as well-run businesses?
What If, in 2010, government jettisoned agencies, boards and commissions as fast as businesses eliminated non-productive and strategy-impairing products? The yells of “No new taxes!” would be a distant memory.
This vision is not a long-distant dream but a current reality entitled the Georgia Government Accountability Act (GA HB 236). This bill allows for the creation of a Legislative Sunset Advisory Committee. The committee would be composed of General Assembly members and would eliminate those agencies, boards and commissions that are a “duplication of services or other efficiencies” and/or “suggest a change in mission and a consolidation with other departments.” HB 236 would “give the General Assembly the tool to actually cut government’s size.”
Not only do I think this is a great idea, but so does the Georgia Tea Party. They sent a press release in support of HB 236. The chairman of the Georgia Tea Party, J.D. Van Brink stated that, “this legislation is more important than ever in today’s economic environment. “With state budgets under extreme pressure from declining revenues, we need a process that reviews each agency’s performance in detail and determines if the agency continues to serve a useful purpose consistent with the responsibilities of state government. But economy aside, it is the responsibility of our elected officials to keep a careful watch over public funds and determine whether or not taxpayers are being well served. We hope all Georgia voters will contact their state representatives and urge them to support this fiscally important bill.”
I agree with you. We should not pay additional taxes for agencies that duplicate work, are no longer necessary or involved in activities not pertinent to government.
References & more information:
Georgia Government Accountability Act (HB236): http://www.legis.ga.gov/legis/2009_10/sum/hb236.htm