Daily Archives: July 11, 2011

Better taxation without representation

If you’ve been following the news out of Minnesota, then you’re probably aware that Gov. Mark Dayton wanted to raise taxes on the state’s wealthiest citizens in order to alleviate a deficit.  Republicans in the legislature balked at the tax increase, so now Minnesota’s government has ground to a halt.

In a public announcement, Gov. Dayton invoked the causes of the American Revolution.  Sort of.

It is significant that this shutdown will begin on the 4th of July weekend.  On that date, we celebrate our independence.  It also reminds us that there are causes and principles worth struggling for – worth even suffering temporary hardships to achieve. 

Our American Revolution was very much about fair and just taxes, where the middle-class was over-taxed while the very rich went tax-free.  In the absence of fair taxes, the basic services people relied upon for their health and well-being were denied them.

So the Sons of Liberty were burning effigies because of a lack of government involvement in their lives, while super-wealthy Whigs like George Washington and John Hancock were demanding to pay more taxes than they were already.  Is that about right?

I’m glad a Democrat has finally put his historical foot in his mouth, because now I can get some nasty comments from liberals instead of Glenn Beck minions.  It’ll be a refreshing change.


Filed under American Revolution, History and Memory