ACTING AS A BLUE STATEFresh from passing Civil Union legislation
Connecticut takes its next step as a real Blue State | The tax-writing committee unveiled yesterday a new taxing scheme that would renew the rich paying a more proportionate share into the state's coffers |
Predictably, legislators from Millionaire's Row [Fairfield and Litchfield Counties] made woeful noises for the media, claiming that the rich would be assailed by a "...tsunami of taxes on [those] who are already wet... [and who]... will drown in this
..." [William Nickerson
, R-Greenwich] and bewailed that their constiutents would "...literally be taxed from cradle to grave
..." [Andrew Roraback
, R-Litchfield] | Representative Kevin DelGabbo
, Republican from Naugatuck was said to have been "...astonished...
| As if paying Society's bills was something only the poor, working and middle classes should have to burden; truth is, that would, and does, represent a fundamental social injustice |
Fact of the matter is, that even as these increases are proposed, the wealthy 10% shall get other tax obligations further reduced
on the Federal level | So as money spigots run even drier from Washington, it becomes all the more important that the well-to-do and wealthy pay their share of the state's expenses |
Taxes pay for sponsoring performing arts organizations, [mostly attended by the better heeled]; for roads and road maintenance [hell, even the bigbucks have to go to work]; for schools and edcuation programs [I'm sure that Greenwich matrons don't want illiterate servants]; and for basic medical expenses for the poor [you know, so that greeter at WalMart can be healthy enough to meet you at the door].
There's a lot to be said for social stability and ensuring that the rich remain wealthy | History is replese with lessons that show that, without fiscal social stability, eventually the rabble will uprise and take back what they think is their to begin with |
But let's face it, another sad fact of history is that those on the lower rungs in monied ladder, while they may aspire to make it on to the upper rungs, are often relatively content where they are ...so long as there is some illusion of societal fairness | The philosphical power train running this country since the so-called Reagan Revolution doesn't understand this | Grabbing ever more for the whole package of goods is the ultimate social destabilizer | Just ask the French
The average American Citizen has got to soon awaken from that torpor that allows the rich to ride roughshod over the lives of the rest of us | The members of Connecticut's legislative tax committee has finally shown the moral courage essential for real leadership | Let us pray that the rest of the Legislature recognizes that it's time to stop those fiscally obese hogs from feeding at the public trough while complaining that life is difficult in Fat City |