Taxing Seniors

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.

2 comments

  1. kspencer says:

    Thank you.

    I was shocked at allowing $50,000 to be tax exempt. And for it to be $100,000 — that it “only” protects some 95% of elderly Georgians is not the point. There is no way I can see that an individual earning $100,000 per year could be considered indigent and needy, deserving of financial protection against ills.

    Bah. Another set of politicians (both D and R) that I’ll vote against.

  2. stephaniemills21 says:

    Well, who you all should really be surprised at is your beloved Governor. This is and was his idea. A major part of his campaign for governor.

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