the federal and state level, citizens are being sold a bill of goods.
They are being told that tax breaks for the wealthy will help the
average American. They are
being told that government wastes too much money on fruitless efforts –
so spending should be frozen. We
have heard this story so often that we begin to believe it.
It’s time to look at that story and see the truth.
Bush budget starves those areas that average citizens need and want –
whether it is funding an accurate election system to providing adequate
federal funds for Medicaid. Bush
has said he will “leave no child behind” but severely cuts funds to
support those educational requirements.
There are many reasons to oppose the Bush budget.
Here are a few:
full cost of the tax cuts in the President's budget - including making the
2001 and 2003 tax cuts permanent and continuing relief for the Alternative
Minimum Tax -- is more than $2 trillion over the next ten years, including
the associated interest costs.
benefits would go overwhelmingly to the very rich.
Millionaires would receive average annual tax cuts of $125,000
- an amount that exceeds the annual income of 90 percent of tax
proposed budget includes proposals for radical and one-sided new budget
rules -- masquerading as "reform" -- that would pervert the
budget process. In
particular, the President's budget would require that any future
improvements in entitlement programs (such as Medicare, school lunches,
veterans programs, and health insurance programs for low-income children
and families) be "paid for" while new tax breaks would not have
to be offset.
to provide additional tax breaks for the wealthy or to create additional
corporate tax shelters would not have to be paid for.
But refundable tax credits targeted to low- and moderate- income
Americans would not be treated the same as other tax expenditures under
these proposed rule -- they would have to be paid for out of entitlement
Bush Budget continues to redistribute income to the wealthiest while
bleeding those programs that benefit the majority—education, healthcare
and even homeland security.
At the state level, it is a similar story. AJR 55, the misnamed “Taxpayer Bill of Rights” would change the Wisconsin Constitution to limit spending at the state and local levels and make it impossible to make our tax system more fair. Currently, because of tax loopholes and exemptions, the average tax payer is paying a far larger share of the tax bill through income and property taxes than they did 30 years ago. We need to clean up that system first. Wisconsin Citizen Action testified against that bill - See testimony (pdf)
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