Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Local Cliff Maneuvering

On Monday I was offered an opportunity at my business to sign a petition initiated by Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group (WISPIRG) to end "tax dodging" and to support "legislation to stop tax haven abuses."

I declined. For starters, I am reluctant to speak for a business which includes people other than myself. But more importantly, I was uncomfortable with the content of the petition, particularly what I would consider loaded language. For example, tax dodging I would think is already illegal. Or the activity they are concerned with is lawful and as such should not be described as "dodging." Nobody pays taxes unless they are legally obligated to do so and, as such, I think it is wrong to denigrate such people. Also, while I suspect I might find some common ground with WISPIRG on tax haven legislation, I am cognizant of the larger fiscal concerns facing our country and I find WISPIRG's goals insufficient to address our larger problems. I would have been more inclined to sign if dramatic government spending reductions were included in their petition, for example. And lastly, I wouldn't want myself as a business owner or my business name to be used in a political showdown.

My instincts it turns out were correct. The Journal Times local section headline read: A solution to the fiscal cliff? Subtitle read: Shutting tax havens would help, says Mayor Dickert, research group. The article included a local businessman angry at "corporations taking money away from us,"a Parkside student who suggested the money could be used for more student aid, and a WISPIRG associate noting that the money could be used to build 50 commuter rail lines.

But no mention of federal spending levels.


GearHead said...

Offshore money is the flavor of the month with these guys, who love to rip abstract entities, such as poverty causing failure in schools. It would be nice to see the mayor for once decry bloated and wasteful federal spending, instead of always ripping the Governor for being prudent with budgets, or his own administration for their proflagacy by comparison.

TSE said...

In Racine, they simply don't pay their taxes.

The list of Delinquent Taxpayers from Racine grows every day.

The list of those who aren't paying their property taxes - especially Downtown and Uptown, grows every day.

Racine has a spending problem - and a growing debt that will strangle any economic growth in the City - for decades.

Anonymous said...

Wow - that deliquent tax list is quite longggggg. Think of how much better our financial situation would be if everyone paid their fair share, or at least what was legally required.
When is the Mayor going to comment on this?

Anonymous said...

Come on guys the solution to all our problems is to Tax the Rich and those blasted companies that take advantage of tax regs.....that's the Obama way right? Thats the message of the CEO of our Nation. Now we see messages seep into behavior

slinkeey said...

I like idiots like the ones interviewed that already know how they want to spend that money. They do not even look at the financial situation as a whole. They are pretty much like little lobbyists.

Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie!