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Is it Time for Pitch-Forks?
Friday, October 28, 2005

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Ohio Roundtable: The Public Square - Is it Time for Pitchforks?

Is it time for the pitchforks?  Is it time for the pitchforks and lanterns and a march on Washington? 

If this story doesn’t get you angry, please see a doctor.

The President—The Republican President—George W. Bush, who openly promised to never make the same mistake his father made by raising taxes, is opening the door to the largest tax increase in American history.

The President’s Commission on tax reform has not proposed a flat tax or a national sales tax or the elimination of the IRS.

They have not proposed to raise your tax rates either.

But before you breathe a sigh of relief—here is what they want the President to do:

The Commission is proposing the elimination of all home mortgage interest deductions and all home equity loans—and they want you to pay tax on your health insurance.

I’m looking for a pitchfork sharpener right about now.

How about you?

We could spend a month, maybe a whole year, talking about the devastating impact of high taxes on families.

In 1948 the average American family paid less than 2% of their total income in taxes. Today that number is cresting over 40% quickly nearing 50%.

National polls continually reveal most American believe a 25% tax burden is the absolute max anyone should pay.

Now the President’s Commission wants to strip you of your home mortgage deductions and make you pay taxes if your company provides your health insurance.

These would become two of the biggest tax increases in American history and devastate the real estate and health care industries.

Before you go for the pitchfork, please scroll down and find the contact info for your members of Congress and protest.

Is it Time for Pitchforks? - October 28th, 2005

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