Fair goers can send ‘no taxes’ postcards to candidates

Fair-goers of the “absolutely-no-tax-increases” crowd can stop by the Minnesota Taxpayer’s League booth under the grandstand and send a postcard to political candidates who haven’t pledged to avoid tax increases.

The League has asked candidates to pledge that they “will oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes.” Dozens of candidates have signed the pledge, although some were defeated in the Aug. 10 primary.

Hundreds of candidates haven’t signed the pledge, including Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer, who’s not on the website list.

The postcards request a response from the non-pledging candidates, and includes a list of reasons for why they won’t sign the pledge. Possible choices listed by the League include: I forgot; I don’t like to make commitments I can’t keep; or I plan on raising taxes.

Not included among the choices: Raising taxes of some sort might possibly be on the menu of ways to reasonably and responsibly deal with the burgeoning budget deficit.

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Comments (7)

  1. Submitted by Bill Gleason on 08/27/2010 - 05:18 pm.

    So the tax-avoider’s league is at it again?

    Do they include check boxes for:

    no schools

    no road repairs

    no government

    no education

    etc. ?

    Get over the pandering, folks. Of COURSE people don’t want to pay more taxes, until you remind them what they are for.

    Don’t like it? Move to South Dakota, Alabama, Mississippi, China, Somalia…

  2. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 08/27/2010 - 05:53 pm.

    I don’t think there’s any rush to get one of those to Governor Emmer…the man walks the walk and skips the talk.

  3. Submitted by Bill Gleason on 08/27/2010 - 06:33 pm.

    Skips the talk?

    especially about how he is going to balance the budget…

    What would those six billion dollars in cuts be, Mr. Swift?

  4. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 08/28/2010 - 05:57 pm.

    Look at the state budget, Bill. Now use common sense.

  5. Submitted by Mohammed Ali Bin Shah on 08/28/2010 - 09:36 pm.

    “Not included among the choices: Raising taxes of some sort might possibly be on the menu of ways to reasonably and responsibly deal with the burgeoning budget deficit.”

    Joe, so how do your figure that raising some taxes is reasonable and responsible? I can’t understand if this is a news article or an opinion. Is it your opinion that a mix is reasonable, or are you trying to say that it is a fact?

    Maybe it would be reasonable and responsible to ONLY SPEND WHAT WE HAVE, and not a penny more.

  6. Submitted by Bill Gleason on 08/29/2010 - 10:52 am.

    Obviously, Tom, we disagree on what “common sense” is in this matter. If my kids are starving, I don’t tell them “eat less!”

    You really have a problem, Tom, in admitting that people actually don’t have enough information to decide on voting for Emmer because he has not told us what he is going to cut. Reason? Because he simply isn’t going to be able to solve the problems by cuts alone.

    What you – or I – think is “common sense” is sort of irrelevant on the big scale. But it is preposterous for you to expect people to vote for Emmer given the pig in a poke that he’s been peddlin’

    Mr. Bin Shah is right there with Tom. As others have pointed out, sir, would you quit spouting slogans and give some practical examples of what you are going to cut: roads? education? what?

    And use some numbers and make them come up to six million dollars. You won’t do this, because you can’t.

  7. Submitted by Bill Gleason on 08/29/2010 - 05:49 pm.

    sorry, six billion, not six million…

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