You know what’s bad?

When you check out the Georgia Political Digest and every damn story is about someone somewhere opposing the GREAT plan. The Tax Jesus is going to get you, Randy!

Here’s another one.

City school board members are urging citizens to take note and stay abreast of the proposal making state rounds to eliminate property taxes.

Though still in its early stages, the plan, put forth by Georgia House Speaker Glen Richardson would eliminate property and 1-cent sales taxes in favor of an across-the-board tax on most items and services.

Dublin school board members Laura Travick and John Bell recently attended a Georgia School Boards Association workshop where the proposal, along with its pros and cons, was outlined for area board members.


  1. Rusty says:

    The media is often susceptible to not being able to think outside the confines of its bubble, but on this one they’ve nailed the pulse of the electorate. I have yet to talk to one person who isn’t directly involved in Republican politics who thinks this turkey is a good idea.

  2. maestro7 says:

    Let’s think about this for a moment.

    What is the fundamental, underlying fear that local officials have with the G.R.E.A.T. plan?

    It is that they might lose control over their fiefdoms.

    It all boils down to that simple concept.

    Let’s remember that local officials have absolutely no problems with allowing voters to invoke SPLOSTs, ELOSTs, and the like. And those are, what? Sales taxes!

    I am not going to suggest that the Speaker’s plan is the “be-all, end-all” tax plan for the ages — we don’t even know the full details of the legislation at this point anyway. However, it is so much easier to knock the plan — and thereby default in favor of what we currently have — instead of coming up with alternative suggestions.

    What some of these “leaders” don’t seem to realize is that they will get significantly more revenues off of “use” taxes than what they currently get from “robbing” property owners (what if you don’t send your child to public school or, worse, have no kids to begin with? No matter — you must still pay for government schools).

    Nope. Let’s not talk alternatives, because then we would have to (1) think for ourselves and, even worse, (2) allow people to not only keep their money, but choose how they’re going to be taxed.

    If sales taxes don’t work, then we should have zero of them.

  3. dorian says:

    Hey maestro, I’m really glad you posted. You win a prize for being the only person I’ve read so far who thinks this is a good idea. You don’t know much about economics, but clearly you are in this mysterous 80% that this tax plan “polls well” with.

    As a gen-x’er, I tend to feel the same way about social security that you feel about property taxes. If you baby boomers exceed what you put into social security, you ought to just get in the box, and spare blowing the cap for the rest of us.

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