Conclusion First, Analysis Second
It appears that Kate Brewster is fully back from hiatus, offering the Rhode Island College Poverty Institute response to every new suggestion for changing the state’s oppressive and ill-considered tax structure. Her conclusions all translate into the principle of “take more from them, and give it to my preferred group”:
The Poverty Institute, a think tank at the Rhode Island College School of Social Work, last week called for the [death] tax to be preserved.
Kate Brewster, executive director of institute, said in a statement that the tax “is the most fair tax that we have and must be preserved to maintain a balanced tax structure that requires those with the greatest ability to contribute their share towards public services and infrastructure.”
A report issued last week by the Washington, D.C.-based liberal Citizens for Tax Justice, showed that comparatively few Rhode Islanders wind up paying the tax. The figures do not take into account those who escape the state’s tax by using planning techniques or by moving to other states.
It’s nice of Brewster to make it so nakedly clear that, in the progressive lexicon, “fairness” means little more than taking money from wealthy people — regardless of the event being taxed. Not so nice is the habitual refusal to consider how our government might be creating incentive for taxpayers to leave.
It’s difficult to maintain civic optimism when the parasites of public funds offer reminders that they’ll keep on sucking out that blood, even as the organism of state becomes anemic and dies.