Just Cut Taxes: Heaven to Follow
Cut taxes and the economy in Michigan will sprout.
For years the state and national GOP have been the one-note party
when it comes to taxes. They are not only against taxes, they think if
you cut them Michigan's record busting jobless rate would subside like
the evening tide on Lake Michigan.
Cut taxes is a nifty campaign slogan that can help the GOP win
elections, but peal back that slogan and a harsh reality stares you in
Former Gov. John Engler cut taxes to the tune of $3 billion before
he left office. So how come our unemployment rate is not 4% instead of
Some Republicans, sensing their tax cut tune may be a little off
key, rush to Engler's defense. "We raised taxes two years ago," one
GOP leader contends.
O.K. but that still left $1.5 billion in tax cuts, so why isnt't
the jobless rate 8%?
GOP governor candidate Mike Cox wants a re-do of the Engler
policies as he proposes $2.2 billion in cuts.
His fellow GOP contenders Tom George and Mike Bouchard see the
folly in that as they dash a dose of reality into the debate over
How you going to pay for state services? George asks. Cox says he
can do it with a new and stronger economy.
Newt Gingrich, the former U.S. House GOP Speaker sees Engler's tax
cuts and bumps him by a bunch. He would get rid of ALL taxes in Detroit
making Motown unique, but looking an awful like some third world
country some would argue.
Newt! The city, now near insolvency, can't wait for the trickle
down to create a waterfall of jobs. In the meantime, how do keep the
cops on the beat, the buses on time, and the water to the suburbs
It's not that simple.