This Our View editorial highlights the DFL’s tax hikes on the not-so-rich with a tone of disdain that’s perfectly in order. Here’s an example of the DNT’s snarkiness:
Tomorrow is when a host of new taxes takes effect, as approved this past session by the Minnesota Legislature. And of course, DFL lawmakers and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton were all about taxing the rich — so we all must be rich because many of the new taxes will be paid by every one of us, regardless of our income level.
Everything from ringtones and pay-per-view movies to computer repairs and books downloaded to Kindles, Nooks and other devices will now carry a Minnesota sales tax. Even e-greeting cards and individual songs for our iPods are subject to the 6.875 percent sales tax.
All things only the wealthy buy, right?
Yesterday, I wrote this post highlighting the fact that the Dayton/DFL Amazon Tax has already killed jobs. I wrote frequently this winter about how the DFL’s tax-the-rich chanting was an outright lie. I’ve written about how the DFL’s alleged property tax relief is a myth. Frankly, it’s time to tell the DFL to stop with their lies. They’re frequently divorced from the truth, especially when it comes to taxes.
Here’s some hard-hitting facts from the DNT’s editorial:
And let’s not forget all those “new fees and fee increases … scattered throughout the budget bills,” as Minnesota Public Radio reported during the session’s final moments. “The list includes $3 more for a driver’s license, a $5 surcharge on homeowners and auto insurance policies, a new fee on prepaid cell phones and a $15 surcharge on traffic violations.” Those’ll nick all of us, too: some who can least afford it.
The next time the DFL campaigns, saying that they’re moderates, We The People should throw these statistics in their face. At a time when people’s trust in the federal government is dropping faster than a meteor, the DFL is giving us additional proof that the federal government isn’t the only liberal institution that shouldn’t be trusted.
Any increased fee or tax demands detailed explanations and justifications. Lawmakers and the governor can be ready with answers for angry constituents, and this time they can spare us their “tax the rich” — suggesting “only the rich” — mantra. That’s clearly not the case.
ABM should change to ABL, aka the Alliance for Big Lies. The DFL should change from Democratic-Farmer-Labor to Democrats Frequently Lie.
The frightening thought is that the DFL raises taxes almost as frequently as it lies.