Ready the Torpedoes!
Income tax bill hits N.H.
EXETER -- Local Democratic state Rep.-elect James Kennedy filed a bill for a 3 percent general income tax last Thursday in the Statehouse.
"I know I'm not going to be the most popular kid on the block, but I feel I'm doing the right thing," said Kennedy. "I'll probably get hung out to dry for proposing this, even with my own party."
Well then, let me state, for the record, that I support (quite adamantly, I might add) your right to commit political suicide. And, to think, I once thought I was gonna run out of blogfodder when I move up there later this month.
The drafted bill, which has no other sponsors, calls for a 3 percent income tax with a $13,000 exemption for single people or married people filing single. It calls for a $21,000 exemption for a married couple filing jointly and a $31,000 exemption for a married couple with children, or a single parent.
Yeah...let's just get rid of the driving force that has provided New Hampshire with such vibrant economic growth as of late. Earth to Mr. Kennedy - the state's lower tax burden and cost of living are the main reason why folks are fleeing Massachusetts in droves, for a better quality of life in the Granite State.
This growth will cease immediately the day New Hampshire becomes North Massachusetts. Can you say "temporary" income tax hike? Once the tax base becomes stagnant (best case scenario), it's all downhill from there.
What's next on your plate? State-regulated auto insurance?
"I drafted a bill to get it out there and get the ball rolling," he said.
That ball will roll your tax-and-spend ass out of the legislature if I have any say in the matter.
Kennedy said he spoke during his campaign with people about supporting an income tax.
And, this guy got elected on that platform? Man, I've got my work cut out for me once I'm officially moved in.
He equated service programs in the state to that of hungry children.
Invoking the phrase "hungry children" to explain why a tax increase is "necessary". If that's not one gigantic warning flag, I don't know what is.
"We're not being fed," he said. "I thought to myself, 'Something has to be done about this.' I know sales tax is very unpopular."
You want a more apt analogy?
Replace "starving child" with "hungry, mangy wild animal clawing at the back door".
Give it something to eat JUST ONCE, and it will keep coming back for more.
The best course of action is to simply close the door and go about your business. Eventually, the feral beast will slink back over the southern border into Massachusetts, where Governor Patrick will have a veritable Feast of Steven laid out for it to enjoy.
Then again, there's always "The Three S's".
He said the big question is whether this proposed income tax would reduce property taxes.
"I can't make those promises," he said.
Translation: It wouldn't.
"If I can put a stop-gap on the increase of property tax, that would please me."
Not anywhere near as much as your being booted from office at the first available opportunity will please me.
He said he's proposing the income tax primarily as a way to fund education.
Here's the thing that most of us rationally-thinking folks recognize. The state and the federal government could increase spending on education 500% every year for the next 30 years, and the liberal Democrats and their sugar daddies in the teachers' unions would still be making non-sensical analogies about "starving children".
If there's one thing can best demonstrate the meaning of the word "incessant", it's the cries of underfunded education from the left. It would be impossible to propose a dollar value that would placate that crowd, for no such monetary amount exists.
The tax could bring money to other programs in need of funds such as New Hampshire Fish and Game and Meals on Wheels.
It could also cause a lot of Massachusetts residents, and people living elsewhere, considering a move to New Hampshire, to abandon their relocation plans and stay right where they are, on account of your having destroyed the New Hampshire Advantage in favor of your big-government tax-and-spend, socialist agenda.
While some people are commending him for his courage to introduce a bill creating a tax in a state known as "tax-free New Hampshire," he said he realizes by doing so he may not get re-elected.
Yeah, t'would be a real pity.
He said he has no projections for how the proposed tax would help fund education or if the tax would reduce property taxes.
Translation: Just another knee-jerk liberal pulling shit like this out of his ass that makes him feeeeeel good. Facts and figures be damned! Nanny needs more money!
He has contacted other local politicians and has not received a lot of support.
Gee, I'm all broken up inside.
"I'm definitely a lone ranger on this one," he said.
Now, what say you saddle up Silver and go ride off into the sunset?
This may be my first and last term in Concord, but if this all works out, then at least I'll go to my grave knowing I helped education in this state," Kennedy said.
How exactly would you be "helping education" by stifling the economic growth of the state through the elimination one of the main reasons people and business have been relocating to New Hampshire over the last several years?
All I can say is, don't bother ordering new drapes for your office up in Concord. You won't be there long.
These are the same idiots who think a global tax, collected and dispersed by the United Nations, is going to end world hunger and turn every third-world shithole country on the planet into some kind of tropical tourist destination.
Seriously, what are these people on, and did they bring enough for the whole class?