2/22: Tackling tax policy reform

Moderated by Rick Badie

Republican politicians across the heartland are tackling tax policy reform. Their idea: Repeal or reduce the personal income tax. Should Georgia do likewise?

The director of a policy organization says Georgia would suffer without it. A think-tank president suggests the tax’s demise would enhance the economy. And we offer a few more facts about the topic.

What do you think?

13 comments Add your comment

lynnbo

February 22nd, 2012
10:03 pm

Tim is right. The republican agenda is to put the tax on consumers of our basic needs so they can give their buddies hugh tax breaks. CAT is just an example of corporations becoming richer while we become poorer. I keep hearing TN is the model they aim to go after this year.
My fellow Georgians we are a people without representation. Tyranny is at work.
Vote everyone out at every chance until we get representation of people of Georgia.
Most Georgians would not agree with their plan and it will be voted on without our consent.

Michael Z. Hammock

February 22nd, 2012
3:52 pm

A reform of tax policy, both at the federal and the state level, is long overdue. Those who live on the public’s dime will resist the change, which is natural. Those of us who realize that wasteful, inefficient governments will not continue welcome the news that reform talk is in the air. If you don’t believe the part about wasteful government, just take a look at what is happening in Greece. At this moment, though, reform talk is just talk. Let’s hope our leaders find the courage to make it a reality. Incidentally, payroll deduction is the only reason taxing income has been palatable for so long.

BlueMoon

February 22nd, 2012
12:40 pm

Hey Tim-

The GOP doesn’t want to “gut education” as you say they just want more local control. Since when has central planning EVER come up with a better educated society? Here’s your answer…NEVER. Not one time in the history of the world has it ever worked. Not for education, not for the economy or personal liberties. If you would crack open a history book you would know that though. Instead you just hate everyone that doesn’t believe in the same things you do. Oh heaven forbid we all have independent thoughts!

And the consumption tax is the ONLY way to broaden the tax base enough to take the brunt of tax collection off the middle class. We now have almost 50% of American no longer paying income taxes! So who’s lying??? Who’s paying the lions share of taxes???

We simply have too many utopian entitlements that we cannot afford. They HAVE TO BE CUT. There is no question in this. Without cuts to these programs the country will simply cease to exist as we know it.