Missouri gubernatorial candidate Catherine Hanaway just trotted out the same anti-government nonsense that elected officials — paid with tax dollars, naturally — often use when the topic of taxes comes up.
Hanaway on Tuesday signed the irresponsible “taxpayer protection pledge” opposing higher taxes in the future.
“Tax week is a reminder to all Missourians that every dollar their government takes from them in taxes is one less dollar that goes towards their American dream,” said Hanaway.
This would be a fine sentiment if Hanaway and other anti-taxers actually could provide much evidence in already low-tax Missouri that the “American dream” is really imperiled by taxes.
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Missouri already has the dismal distinction of having one of the nation’s lowest gasoline taxes (and the bad roads that go along with it) and country’s lowest cigarette tax (and the health problems that it fosters.)
As it turns out, the “American dream” that Hanaway lauds actually gets plenty of support from — you got it — tax dollars.
▪ They fuel the K-12 school systems that educate Missouri’s youngest children so they can pursue their dreams.
▪ Tax revenues help fund higher education institutions that serve the same purpose for Missouri’s youth.
▪ Taxes pay for the public safety personnel who protect the “American dream” that Missourians have worked so hard for.
▪ And taxes pay for the roads that help residents get to their jobs every day so they can make the money to pay for their “American dream.”
Honestly, Hanaway took the no-tax pledge to impress gullible GOP voters and outside interests who might now pour lots of cash into her bid to win the governor’s race in 2016.
In reality, the “American dream” won’t be helped by voting for someone who doesn’t seem to understand that taxes — even the potential of higher taxes — can be something positive for Missouri and its residents.