Tuesday, February 10, 2015

When the first paragraph says it all

I've never seen one paragraph that better epitomizes the failure of the high tax liberal ideology.  Taxes can either raise revenue or punish behavior, but they can't do both at the same time.  From the Startribune today-
Less than two years after Minnesota raised its cigarette tax to one of the highest in the country, cigarette smuggling has become a growing business in the state. Now officials want more money to combat the problem.
The huge sin tax that the DFL created to help balance the state budget is now causing an increase in crime.  Instead of realizing that high taxes encourage people to find ways to avoid those taxes, the state of Minnesota wants to spend more money to enforce the high taxes that people find odious.

Is it out of the realm of reasoning for the DFL to understand that lowering taxes removes the incentive to to cheat on paying taxes?

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