New Revenue is the mantra of people who collect the property of others under the protection of laws they create for that purpose. The illusion they craft is that these new sources will take pressure off old sources, shifting the 'burden' to a larger group. But burden is actually accountability, and they don't want to be held accountable for their spending. So the real goal is to convince taxpayers that if they steal the property of an increasingly larger pool of suckers that this will summon the gods of responsible fiscal fortitude who will then magically reign in runaway government spending.
Well isn't that a hoot. Why was it they needed to find more revenue? Oh, yeah, to pay for more government.
'It makes sense to know how much you're spending before you decide how much money to raise.'
So says Rep Dan Eaton, Democrat, whose out with OPP (other peoples property.) But this honest statement brings home the reality of how government--and people in it--envision their relationship to you, the taxpayer. It first spends your money, then figures out how to take it from you to pay for that spending, instead of figuring out what is reasonable to expect from taxpayers, and then planning spending accordingly.
And the proof is in the budgets. The last budget imagined revenues to support a spending plan that exceeded reality by 17.5%, and the new budget has imagined 11% more government than the previous 17.5% you didn't know you needed in the first place. So at what point in the "spending before you decide" world of fiscal gang rape can you imagine any new taxes reducing the old ones? Never.
The simple facts are these. Government does not want new taxes to reduce old taxes, it wants new taxes to pay for more government. Their budgets, as well as D-Rep Eaton's unintentional veracity, prove it. And to support that premise his gang of thieves has summoned 30% more government in these lean times. So what's to stop them adding 30% or more when the economy improves? Did you happen to wake up at any point in the past three years and say to yourself, "damn, I need more government?" Were you thinking you'd need 30% more today? How about another 30% three years from now?
Don't think they won't try to find some for you.
Their new revenue mission is to find money in the ethereal fiscal sofa in the form of change you might not notice. And the sooner they can find new revenue streams that do not appear in your mailbox every six months in the form of a tax bill, the sooner they can spend as much as they want while you run the kids to practice, go about your life, and just get used to a sales or an income tax while you continue to pay property taxes that never will go down.
You'll still get that bill every six months for 3000.00 dollars, but you'll have already paid a percentage of every dollar earned, or every dollar spent, on top of that, to the state of New Hampshire.
The goal of more spending is, and always has been, to remove the accountability of the property tax. They want you to you cry out for relief, for a sales or income tax, to fund all this government they keep creating. And if and when you do, they will have won. They will have their less accountable streams of revenue on top of the property taxes you already pay, and they will enact these taxes because you begged them to. Then they will grow government at a rate that will make that 30% as small as their little property-stealing, tax spending minds.
But you have to fight back.
Do not allow yourself to forget that Government's job is to do as little as possible, and to leave the rest of what needs doing to the local towns and private organizations that New Hampshires citizens choose to fund with their income and assets.
If we tolerate the assumption that our incomes are the property of government until they decide to let us have them back by not taxing them, we should expect a government that will spend first and ask for revenue later.