As is my wont, I had planned a more thorough, well researched rebuttal to the Seattle Times latest unsigned editorial dissing Initiative 1098, but suffice it to say that the author is just talking out of his or her ass.
The Times cites absolutely nothing to back up its assertions, though as always, with great authority, instead relying on base fear-mongering (approve an income tax on the wealthy, and soon we’ll all be paying it) and the usual Friedmanesque bullshit (taxing the rich is a job killer).
Again, nothing but foul-smelling, flatulent ass-jabber.
On the first point it should be obvious by now that state Dems are total cowards when it comes to tax increases; why do you think the measure’s backers were forced to rely on the initiative process? Which of course illustrates the huge, gaping, bottomless hole in the anti-1098 campaign’s cynical slippery-slope argument: all substantive tax increases always come before voters. So if our Legislature ever found its nuts and attempted to expand the income tax as part of a broad based tax restructuring, you can be damn sure that voters would have the final say via either initiative or referendum.
And on the job killer argument… well… prove it. Don’t just tie up one of Milton Friedman’s ossified coprolites in a pretty bow and present it as a law of nature. Attempt to explain to your readers why taxing the wealthy, like 45 other states do, is more of a job killer than, you know, actually killing the jobs of the thousands of teachers, healthcare workers, firefighters, police officers, prison guards and other essential government employees for which this tax will help pay?
Betcha can’t. Know why? Because you’re talking out of your ass.