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Monday, November 13, 2006

Live Free or Die


Taxes, taxes and taxes. I have heard hundreds of times the words muttered by the populace that New Hampshire does not have an income tax or a general sales taxes, so it is amusing every time I drive along I-93 in New Hampshire and see this enormous building broadcasting to the legions of drivers. "Live free or die," is the state's motto, I guess that means you don't pay taxes, but you can drive onto the interstate and at the rest area stock up on your liquor provisions. Maybe, they should put up a drive through to make it easier for freedom to prevail.

The message of taxes still resonates strongly throughout the air but shockingly even Red New Hampshire has turned blue despite strong messages by right wing politicians labeling Democrats as proponents of big taxes. Here in Vermont, we have politicians such as Governor Douglass claiming his Affordability agenda as a guise to combat the escalating tax burden. I often wonder why those with little substance always proclaim the mission of taxes as their number one issue. Yes, taxes exist and have become a problem nationwide, but instead of claiming a cut or caps in taxes we as a populace must look for the roots of the escalating costs.

The majority of our tax dollars go to the federal Government and that is where the roots of the problems lay. Over the last twenty years, a rash of right wing politicians have been champions of "cutting" taxes for the rich, while at the same time slashing programs to help the general populace. One look at the federal budget one will notice that we have an over inflated military budget. Spending in excess of four-hundred forty billion dollars per year for military expenditures is unconscionable while comparing it to the next largest expenditures of China at forty billion dollars. Not included in this total is the approximate two trillion dollars the war in Iraq will cost. President Eisenhower warned the nation of the rise of Military-Industrial Complex in his farewell address and look what has become. The past fifty years our laisser-faire press has merely overlooked the military's infringement on the tax burden.

While we have right wing ideologies such as the Americans for Taxpayer Reforms claiming to propagate the needs of the average citizens, they fail to note that they are funded by major corporations. The executive director, Grover Norquist has stated that their "goal is to cut government in half in twenty-five years, to get it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub." While being hailed by prominent Republicans these same policy hacks have clearly supported the agendas of the military-industrial complex.

In a time when the federal government has grown to exponential numbers to support its war effort, the states have been left bankrolling non funded mandates like No-Child-Left-Behind and special education programs. The horrific Medicare Plan D has left many seniors struggling to pay for prescription drugs. Our health care institutions are crumbling in front of our eyes. Issues of public transportation have been put on the wayside. Energy costs are spiraling out of control. All these expenses are pushed of onto the states which are then forced to find solutions.

While these issues are left ignored our infrastructure is slowly collapsing. Continued tax-breaks to corporate America are increasingly padding the bank accounts of the rich, while the general populace is left scrounging for their piece of the American Dream. I sure hope that the new Democratic Congress truly tries to represent us, instead of caving to the interests of the corporations.

As a reminder to the Democratic Party, we are a new wave to hit and the Democratic Leadership Committee does not represent these needs. We are the people and we are not going to stand it anymore. As the motto of New Hampshire, states "Live Free or Die," I purpose that we all live free from unconscionable acts of government tyranny.

Peace

Robb Kidd

"It will be a great day when our schools get all the money they need and the Air Force has to hold a bake sale to buy a bomber." Political poster and bumper sticker

"Our Constitution is in actual operation; everything appears to promise that it will last; but nothing in this world is certain but death and taxes." Benjamin Franklin

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