The Fretts Perspective

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Smoke. Mirrors. A Devalued Quality of Life.

In a newsletter on July 29, 2012, Jeff Miller decried the tax increases Congress is considering imposing on us at the end of the year. While it is obvious that tax increases are a bad idea, it should be even more apparent by now that Jeff Miller is, once again, playing with smoke and mirrors. Where does one even begin?

Perhaps with the shell game of extending tax "cuts" for 1 or 2 years at a time. This creates an unstable economic environment where businesses are hesitant to invest, knowing that in just a few years their tax rates may skyrocket again. Of course, this scares jobs overseas, too. But it also gives politicians the ability to scare corporations into cutting big checks for politicians every two years, while begging for those temporary tax cuts to be extended once again.

Perhaps instead with Congressman Miller's flip-flopping on the payroll tax. At first, he voted for the payroll tax cuts. Later, he voted against them, even going so far as to say that it "betrays the taxpayers who have demanded a return to fiscal sanity in the federal government." And now, he has come out in favor of the payroll tax cuts again, which would put Social Security into an even deeper hole. You can't have it both ways, Congressman.

Or perhaps most important is the fact that the hidden tax of the more than $5,000,000,000,000 (5 trillion dollars) in new debt that Jeff Miller racked up on our backs over the past decade is far worse than any tax Congress could even dream of considering this year!

Our government should ditch this immoral tax system altogether (along with the IRS), quit spending and borrowing trillions of dollars it doesn't have and can't afford, and cease impeding the ability of Americans to save and spend the product of their own labor, as only they know best.

Meanwhile, Our Congressman may just as well come out and endorse all those taxes he claims to oppose. It would be no worse than the other fiscal calamities he's voted for time and again, at your expense... and at least it would be honest.