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Dick Palmer: Dems' hue and cry becoming deafening

Get prepared for the worst. All the money you are currently spending from your federal and state tax refunds is surely a "sin tax" gone astray. You are taking money away from the big spenders in Congress and the Minnesota Legislature, and they ar...

Get prepared for the worst. All the money you are currently spending from your federal and state tax refunds is surely a "sin tax" gone astray. You are taking money away from the big spenders in Congress and the Minnesota Legislature, and they are crying the blues.
How dare the taxpayers of America, which were overtaxed by billions of dollars, expect a refund. This isn't the way the system works. If you give government too much money, there is only one way to handle this surplus, invent new programs and spend the money as quickly as possible. That's the Democratic policy. It has always been that way, and it will continue to be the hallmark of their philosophy.
Unfortunately, too many voters have turned a deaf ear to the reality that the people, not the politicians, have the power to keep the big spenders in check.
Speaking of checks, how many of you are going to give your rebate taxes back because you honestly believe you don't deserve them? What generally happens when you overpay a bill? You get the money back, right? But no, your liberal politicians are portraying this tax refund as something awful, a sin of the worst proportions and surely the end of America as "they" see it.
Now the liberal press is getting into the act decreeing disaster as tax surpluses have leveled off, or so we are being told. Even though it is way too early to forecast the effect of these tax refund checks as a jump start in the economy, the politicians are wringing their hands decreeing despair and doom and gloom. You know what? I suspect the public isn't listening.
Federal and state taxes surely are in the spotlight, but there is so much more to consider here. For example, local real estate taxes, which are apportioned to the county, municipality and the school districts, are much more controllable, but there is very little hype unless a local school district suggests closing a school or building another. Then people get up in arms, and in recent history, generally vote the appropriation of more money for education down, too often for the wrong reasons.
We've digressed here, but for a reason. Locally, Duluth, Proctor and Hermantown school boards have their plates full of diverse issues, namely needs vs. wants. Each conceded the main reason for their lack of funding is caused by declining enrollments and, in some cases, aging buildings. One area school board member said he would rather shutter-up buildings than cut educational programs. This is a clever way to get attention, and we salute him for his ingenuity. However, shuttering decaying buildings only decreases real estate values in neighborhoods with vacant buildings, especially school buildings. There has to be another way.
Smart use of tax dollars requires a long-range cooperative spirit, not a quick fix caused by a combination of ego, lack of reality or an unwillingness for change. No, the world isn't perfect, but tax dollars are being wasted by the billions simply because it is too easy to spend and too difficult to conserve and preserve.

Dick Palmer is the former editor and publisher of the Budgeteer News. He may be reached by phone at 729-6470 or by e-mail at rpalmer@duluth.com .

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