Voters hate themselves. That's the only explanation I have for it. They continue to vote more money out of their own pockets to be wasted by politicians who claim to know better yet don't.
A brilliant comment was made in an article from this site found HERE that tax reform is "Don't tax you, don't tax me, tax the guy behind that tree". We're seeing that same mentality right now in the fear being put out surrounding the question in MA that would abolish the state income tax. The voters are being led to believe that they all benefit more then they pay out when in reality over 40% of the money they pay out is wasted. They could save 40 cents of every dollar by paying the money locally to boards they have more control over and without the state bureaucracies and not a single service would be cut. But instead they are lead to believe it's the guy behind the tree paying the extra money that's wasted and they would have to pay more.
How else can you explain it when voters continue to support higher taxes and more spending when they continue to complain about it and candidate after candidate run claiming they will be the one to lower their taxes. And NH has people WANTING to go the other way, to institute an income tax. They want us paying more and to give the state more money so we too can see only a 60% return on investment.
Here are a few facts to consider:
In 1950, the average family of four paid 2% of its earnings to federal taxes. Today it pays 24%- William R. Mattox, Jr. (sometime before 1996)
According to the Tax Foundation, taxes now consume more than 38% of the average family's budget. That is more than is spent on food, clothing, housing, and transportation combined. Compare this to the plight of medieval serfs. They only had to give the lord of the manor one-third of their output -- and they were considered slaves. So what does that make us? - Daniel Mitchell, The Washington Times, 3/9/99
The average family paid in 1999 38% of their incomes and yet we continue to hear that tax cuts such as the Bush tax cuts are a bad thing. Think about that for a moment.
In 2010, those tax cuts which many families including my own benefited from will expire and Obama has already said he would not renew them. Instead many of us will go back to that 38% or more.
We're very quickly getting to the point in our history where more people will be in the cart rather then pulling it. What then?
At what point do we say we've had enough? At what point do we wake up to the realization that there is no longer a free market left in America and that our government has grown to the point that those of use who work do so for the benefit of the remaining 50+ percent and no longer for our own?
Or are we so foolish to believe that the factious person behind the tree is actually paying for everything and we are one of those in the cart rather then those expected to pull it and that that is indeed a good thing to rely on the fruits of others.