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  •  It's about (2+ / 0-)
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    NH's regressive tax structure. NH has no state income tax and no sales tax. As a result, we have an over-reliance on the property tax, and we "fee" people to death.

    The Pledge was devised by the late William Loeb; publisher of the far right Manchester Union Leader, and Meldrim Thomson; the crazy right wing nutjob who was Governor of NH in the 70's. All Republicans are expected to take the pledge.

    All Democrats who run for governor are expected to take the pledge - even though they'll still be called "tax and spend liberals" by the right, and they'll still be accused of wanting a state income tax.

    The Pledge is a form of censorship. The Pledge means that there can be no discussion about our tax structure. The Pledge means that NH revenue streams are increasingly limited. The current legislature cut revenue streams even further.

    NH has the 11th worst infrastructure in the nation. NH ranks a firm 50th in the nation in spending on our state university system. We were already solidly in 50th place when our legislature cut college funding in half, just last year.

    The pledge means we'll continue to be unable to invest in infrastructure and education, both things that we desperately need to do.

    NOT taking the pledge doesn't mean an automatic income tax. NOT taking the pledge means not bowing to the Republicans and the timid, who use the pledge as a form of control. It's impossible to know what voters want, because polling on the subject is always carefully framed - and because the pledge guarantees there can be no actual discussion. The pledge is censorship that both sides use to control their respective flocks.

    “In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.” ~ Confucius

    by susanthe on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 09:21:35 AM PDT

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    •  That doesn't sound like a very regressive (0+ / 0-)

      tax structure.

      Property taxes are usually a much better way to reach the wealthy than income taxes because the wealthy are better at avoiding taxable income than the rest of us.

      The fee thing -- could be a problem, but does have the advantage of not taxing you for things you don't use.

      The real question, I guess, is why candidates believe they have to take the pledge.  My understanding is that New Hampshire is a much more conservative place than its neighbor to the south.

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      by dinotrac on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 09:39:27 AM PDT

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      •  well consider this (1+ / 0-)
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        Mitt Romney and some 27,000 other millionaires live here. You still have to pay property taxes if you lose your job. That doesn't affect Mitt - but it does affect a woman who earns less than a man to begin with - and then loses her job.

        Candidates (from both parties) are conditioned by years of Republican rule that they have to take the pledge.

        “In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.” ~ Confucius

        by susanthe on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 11:07:59 AM PDT

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        •  That is a good point about unemployment. (1+ / 0-)
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          One with which I am all too familiar.

          Seems like a damned if you do/damned if you don't there.
          I doubt that Mitt Romney and most of those other millionaires are very heavily touched by income taxes.

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          by dinotrac on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 11:11:31 AM PDT

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