Thinking about the Bush tax cuts and whether or not extending or not extending them will affect certain groups — i.e. small businesses — why not just publish a list of all of the people whom it would affect?
It’s what? one or two percent of the population. And we all know at least some of the people who would be on that list. But if you could publish the list of people making over $250,000 by county, then people could check if their names are on the list and see that they are not on it and then know that their taxes will not go up.
I suggest this since I heard untold numbers of people call into wingnut radio stations claiming that their taxes had gone up when nothing of the kind happened. I think until they can see that they are NOT on the list, then and only then would they believe it. Otherwise, a tax increase for one wingnut (i.e. the wingnut they are listening to) is a tax increase for all.
I’ll start a local speculative list here and now, and then see how many people’s salaries I can verify.
(I’d put Chris Baker, but he lives in Minnesota. And Joe Pags lives in San Antonio.)
Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell (and any professional sports player — except for soccer players — living in the county. Oh, and maybe not J.R. Richard or Enos Cabell.)
There are, of course, the attorneys and accountants, who would pay a bit more in taxes. Some educators and academics would fall into the category as well. There are a couple whom I would love to see pay a bit more since they are dicks as far as my department is concerned and use personal issues with one person to punish an entire department — but I digress.
I don’t think many politicians fall into that category, though I will have to do some digging to find out. Bill White stands out, but I am sure he wouldn’t mind paying more. He knows how the cuts have starved the country over the years they have been in place on a first hand basis.
But to my larger point: I really don’t think that Dems can push the no new taxes for people making under $250,00, because they cut taxes for those folks and there are a few who think they can make people believe their taxes have gone up — despite stark evidence to the contrary — and so, one option the Dems are considering is not raising taxes for anyone. That way, no one can complain. I see them working. It’s premised upon Americans being stupid and the liars on the radio and on teevee winning the argument.
I think my plan is better. Stop talking abstractions and just name the people in the top tax bracket whose taxes would go up. It’s not that many people. Just name them so people can see that they are not on the list and be done with it.