Friday, May 18, 2012

Taxes and Lack of Representation

The governor of Maryland, Martin O'Malley, who has presidential aspirations, has succeeded in firmly placing Maryland into the top five states with the highest personal tax rates this week.

Did he do this himself? Well, essentially yes he did!

How, you might ask?

By creating a no fault situation in which no one needs to accept responsibility for raising taxes. The legislature will blame the governor for calling the special session and having no other alternative. The governor can correctly point out that it was the legislature which actually passed the bills raising the taxes.

But in my mind--they are both at fault for not managing the budget and the state better to have to resort to such oppressive tactics.

Here is the kicker--now Maryland will be going back to employers and having them begin withholding taxes at the new higher rate retroactive to the beginning of the year! The year is almost half completed.

I am amazed that so many elected officials can be oblivious to the consequences. This, after all, is an election year and as of right now my vote goes to anyone who voted against the tax increase.

The day of uneven and increasing tax rates must come to an end. It is simple--which taxpayers are fueling the economic recovery? I am becoming an advocate for a flat tax with no exemptions!

It is only May, and I know many people have short memories--but we have to remember the tax increases when we vote in November.

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD
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