At the End of the Progressive Rainbow, Part II

December 8, 2012

It’s not just California.  Eleven “progressive” states are struggling with poverty, deficits and debt, and a potentially drastic change in quality of living, all because of liberal taxation and public policies.  Walter Russell Mead points out that “… roughly one-third of Americans live in states where more people receive tax dollars than pay taxes on non-government income.”   These states are already finding it hard to meet their fiscal obligations and maintain even basic services.  Increasingly, they are unable to get affordable credit to pay the bills.  Raising tax rates and instituting new taxes on businesses and the wealthy has lead to decreasing revenues, not fuller coffers.  Simply put, as “noble” as progressive goals may be, they are unsustainable in practice and may end up hurting those meant to be helped.

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