Lacking any real economic arguments, our friends at the Seattle Times editorial board whine “No, no, no to increased taxes,” by attempting to frame their status quoist opposition as part of some populist rebellion.
WEDNESDAY’S tax protests should not be brushed off — particularly not by state legislators contemplating tax increases.
Five thousand people rallied in Olympia Wednesday in opposition to more taxes. Others rallied in hundreds of places around the nation, making a point about federal spending and taxes, and also about state spending and taxes.
Some will discount all this by saying it was organized, or that the rally sprung from the fringe. Of course it was organized. All protests with people carrying signs and listening to speakers are organized.
But when organizers get 5,000 people to come to Olympia on a workday, it is evidence of a strong feeling.
Really? Fomented for weeks by FOX News and right-wing talk radio, and promoted locally by the Republican Party and the well-funded Evergreen Freedom Foundation, five thousand people show up in Olympia, and that’s reason enough for legislators to dismiss the notion of a tax increase? 5,000 protestors? That’s the magic number?
So… if I were to get five thousand and one people to show up in Olympia rallying to support a high-earners income tax, would that be equally compelling? Would that convince the Times that a tax increase should be considered?
No, of course not. They’d dismiss us as the organized fringe, a small group of true believers out of step with the mainstream… you know, despite the trio of recent polls showing support for a high-earners income tax steadily above fifty percent.
But I’ll tell you what… I’m up to the challenge. If the Times editors assure me that they would treat my pro-tax rally just as credulously as they treated the FOX teabagging party, I’ll bring at least 5,001 pro-tax protesters to Olympia. And if I can’t, well, I guess the people will have spoken.