I have to disagree with Casey Cagle. I think sucking up to seniors through tax exemptions is a bad idea. Seniors already get a lot of tax breaks, including educational funding tax breaks.
Under his proposal we would be even further down the road of creating, as Jim Galloway says, a huge class of non-tax payers that just so happen to also have a huge say in the policies set by this state. We would, in fact, be artificially creating a tax exempt group that has a vested interest in how the state spends its money. Those of us not in the group would be left to foot the bill.
Cagle’s proposal, in addition to ingratiating himself with retirees, is a noble effort at lowering the tax burden on many who are on fixed incomes. But, at the same time, a better way would be to lower taxes across the board instead of picking just one group. The Democrats are parodied as the party that taxes the rich. I think it would be bad policy, though perhaps sound politics, for the Republicans to become the party of taxing everyone except the elderly. While it may be popular and a politically smart thing to do, I think it is very bad public policy. Very bad.