Share on Google Plus Share on Twitter
Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on PInterest Share on Fark! Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Tell A Friend 2 Shares     
Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites View Article Stats

OpEdNews Op Eds

Robin Hood in Reverse, in the Georgia State Legislature!

Become a Fan
  (8 fans)
By (about the author)     Permalink       (Page 1 of 1 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (more...) ; ; ; ; ; ; , Add Tags  (less...) Add to My Group(s)

Well Said 1   Interesting 1   Valuable 1  
View Ratings | Rate It

Headlined to H3 4/11/11

It seems that, with unemployment well above the national average, with a crumbling infrastructure, with one of the worst educational systems in the nation, and with a likely major budget deficit, the State of Georgia stands poised to reduce corporate and personal income taxes to benefit primarily the wealthiest Georgians. In place of those reduced income taxes, the Georgia Legislature plans to impose new sales-type taxes which are well known to be regressive, falling much more heavily upon the poor and middle class than on the wealthy, who spend a considerably smaller proportion of their higher incomes.  This is surely Robin Hood in Reverse: the rich get richer, the rest of us get shafted.

The analysis being provided to justify this particular piece of bad legislation is that it mirrors Ronald Reagan's approach to the economy in the early 1980s; supposedly, entrepreneurship will be stimulated and more jobs will be created by moving from income taxes to more sales taxes.  As noted economist John Kenneth Galbraith said then, "when you feed enough oats to a horse, eventually there will be something left over in the road for the sparrow."  We all know just what that something will be, too. 

The Georgia State Legislature needs to come to its senses, and needs to start representing all Georgians, not just the richest among us.  The best way to create jobs and a sound economy is to have fair and sensible tax policies.  One would think that being last in the nation in so many categories, from education to infrastructure, would bring the Legislature to its senses.  Judging from recent history, though, the prospect for tax fairness in Georgia is not at all encouraging. 


Author's Biography Eugene Elander has been a progressive social and political activist for decades. As an author, he won the Young Poets Award at 16 from the Dayton Poets Guild for his poem, The Vision. He was chosen Poet Laureate of Pownal, (more...)
Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact Author Contact Editor View Authors' Articles

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

American Banking's Shameful Double Standard

The Decline and Fall of AARP

Ukraine and Putin: Shades of Adolf Hitler!

Wells Fargo and Freddie Mac: No Honor Among Lenders!

Romney's Rancid Rant!

Planetary Payback Time Has Arrived!


The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

Comments: Expand   Shrink   Hide  
2 people are discussing this page, with 2 comments
To view all comments:
Expand Comments
(Or you can set your preferences to show all comments, always)
The Georgia State Legislature stands poised to sha... by Eugene Elander on Monday, Apr 11, 2011 at 7:42:13 AM
This is representative of the Republican national ... by Sister Begonia on Tuesday, Apr 12, 2011 at 3:22:10 PM