Vail Daily letter: ‘No’ on Amendment 66
November 3, 2013
Here we go again. Wasn't the money raised from taxing the newly legalized marijuana supposed to fund "education"? Aren't the lion's shares of real estate taxes devoted to "education"? Now we need a constitutional "amendment" calling for a two-tiered huge tax increase to fund "education." Of course this new law requires that some 43 percent of all taxes in the general fund must go to "education." To hell with law enforcement, public safety, infrastructure, etc. "Education" first must get its 43 percent — always.
Everyone agrees that small businesses are the primary fountain of job creation. So, let's help these job creators — most who "flow through" their business income onto personal 1040s — by raising their taxes from 4.2 to 5.9 percent.
Of course we are promised that these funds will not be wasted on more of the already bloated "administration" but will support staffing for all day kindergarten and preschool for "at risk children." But, how much money goes where is really a "moving target" says the "communications director" of the school district. Some might say we'd have fewer "at risk children" if their parents could find work, perhaps with some local, small business.
Actually, "moving target" — often known as "unintended consequences" — is a standard outcome of progressive politics. Just watch the tap dance of the dissembler-in-chief trying to explain how big government knows best what insurance you need.
The incumbent Colorado Democrats 100 percent supported the passage of the Obamacare fiasco. Now this party has a revolutionary solution to fund "education" in perpetuity. Why would anyone believe them? Don't. Vote "no."
Avon and Colorado Springs