The Logic of Taking Your Money
I don’t want to let this one go without highlighting:
Just two people testified in favor of the governor’s plan, out of more than 96 who signed up to speak.
The other was Kate Brock, of the pro-union advocacy group Ocean State Action, who questioned why the state taxes a lawnmower but not landscapers, or why it taxes nail polish but not a nail salon. “It is illogical to tax a good but not a service that results in the same outcome.”
One suspects that Ms. Brock might find it further illogical to tax the landscapers but not the air that they breathe. After all, taxation is the singular purpose of government, right?
Do you think it’d do any good to point out to Brock the landscapers are taxed via their income? You know, as workers and individuals rather than as purchasable goods.