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3/3/2013 5:59:00 AM
Tax cuts boost economy, except when they don't

Rich Thurlow
Editor


Current events bring to mind the true story of an insane surgeon who was convinced he could bring one of the brothers who invented the airplane back to life. He exhumed Orville and, in a gruesome procedure, he tried to bring him back by using parts of two men from China that he had kidnapped.

Ultimately, though, the whole thing failed, proving once and for all that two Wongs don't make a Wright.

Upon reflection, maybe there's no connection at all between that true story (I read it on the Internet) and the possibility the City Council might raise the sales tax by a half-cent.

If you've been paying attention, you know the city is going to have a hard time balancing the budget. One proposal being floated is for the city to cut the city bar and restaurant tax in half and hike the city sales tax by a half-cent.

The thinking is that we shoppers won't notice the sales tax increase because a state one-cent sales tax expires on June 30.

There is never a good time for government to take more money from the public, but the worst time is when the economy is struggling and the jobless rate is high.

Here's where it gets goofy. Council is aware the Legislature might reduce construction taxes in order to give housing starts a boost. Those with local knowledge will agree this idea has merit, if only because we know heavily taxing construction has the opposite effect. During the impact fee years, you could probably count the housing starts in Kingman on one hand.

But if cutting taxes is good for construction and will provide a boost for the economy, why isn't cutting the bar/restaurant tax in half and not tacking on a half-cent sales tax also a boost for the economy? Is it possible letting Kingman shoppers keep that $2.2 million would result in more revenues for the city because the lower tax stretches their buying power, especially on big ticket items.

Mr. Wong, would you care to comment?

•••

I knew Kelli Ward - doctor, businesswoman, state senator - was smart before sitting down with her, her husband Dr. Mike, and Alan Choate and Suzanne Adams of the Miner for an interview. Nothing she said during the interview (conducted on Feb. 22) changed my mind, and now that I've read her comments, my appreciation for her brainpower is matched by respect for her common sense. It's not unusual to have an overabundance of one while being severely lacking in the other.

There was reason for concern when Sen. Ron Gould was term-limited out of the Senate. Voters made the right call when they selected Ward to replace him.

•••

If you're in the mood for a few laughs, it's hard to beat going online and searching for "obama sequester comments" videos.

After preaching doom and gloom for weeks, it finally dawned on the president last week that it would probably be a good idea to tone down the rhetoric. Sequester Friday was just like any other. And at 5 p.m. we had another government shutdown, just like we do every weekend. Somehow we all manage to avoid starvation until government reopens on Mondays, unless it's a holiday.

I still say the biggest issue regarding the sequester involves what the White House decided to cut and what the Pentagon decided to cut. The amount on the table was less than a tenth of this fiscal year's budget deficit, but the Navy said it couldn't afford to refuel an aircraft carrier.

Really? That's even more irresponsible than the U.S. Department of Homeland Security deciding to release hundreds of illegal immigrants in Arizona and elsewhere.


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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, March 4, 2013
Article comment by: V Stokes

"And BTW, she did respond in the way a twelve year old girl would, not something I would expect from a State Senator."

Of course...no proof of that since your emails are ohhh sooo private.

btw...how do you file a FOIA request on a private individual?


Posted: Monday, March 4, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“To Anson's Nephew, maybe you should post the letter[s] that you sent to her.”

Unlike Ms Ward I consider private e-mails to be private (unless a FOIA request is made) and I will not post my letter here in the way she posted it on Facebook. However, you may rest assured the letter was simply in response to her nefarious claim that she had never heard from anyone in the county who did not back her stupid concept on guns.

And BTW, she did respond in the way a twelve year old girl would, not something I would expect from a State Senator.


Posted: Monday, March 4, 2013
Article comment by: origional kingman Resident

@ Anson

" can then take some really bizarre shots at you while posting blatant lies."

Somrthing that you would never do, of course.


Posted: Monday, March 4, 2013
Article comment by: God Country and more of the same

Great little piece of history there Rich that first part about the Wright bros. had me rolling on the floor, but then again you always make me laugh. I doubt very much it ever happened even if you read it on the internet. I'm sure you believe everything you read on your rightwing web sights,that doesn't surprise me. The good doctor will do what ever the powers that be wish of her that is the reason she got elected. Change we can believe in , Yeah right.

Posted: Monday, March 4, 2013
Article comment by: Woe Is Us

Neph: Enjoyed reading your autobiography. "...denigrating litany of nonsense..." You dish it out but can't take it. I'm recalling your characterizations of Romney during the presidential race. Your comments come across as a child on the playground who doesn't want other children having their turn at playing with the ball. But, thank you for expressing your concern. Feel better now?

Posted: Sunday, March 3, 2013
Article comment by: Frances Perkins

If lower taxes were the panacea, then Nevada should be booming, no corporate income tax, no personal property tax, and no individual income tax. Why are they not booming? Really Rich, hasn't this Republican talking point been beat to death?

Posted: Sunday, March 3, 2013
Article comment by: Just Wondering

To Anson's Nephew, maybe you should post the letter[s] that you sent to her. If it's laced with arrogance and insults, which are normal with your on-line posts, I could understand her lack of a response.

Posted: Sunday, March 3, 2013
Article comment by: The Shoe Will Fall

Check back with us two months from now on the sequester - be sure to post your statement them.

Posted: Sunday, March 3, 2013
Article comment by: Taxes, Fees Do Not Impact Building Activity

And since the impact fees have be eliminated, it has just been a frenzy of building activity!!! From the moderator: Since you asked … the most recent Licenses and Permits on Feb. 26 shows four permits were pulled for single family homes. New home permits have shown up almost every week since the impact fees were slashed. When the full impact fees were in place, months would pass between permits being pulled for new home construction within the city limits.

Posted: Sunday, March 3, 2013
Article comment by: Where Did You Find Such Garbage?

"...true story of an insane surgeon who was convinced he could bring one of the brothers who invented the airplane back to life. He exhumed Orville..." WHAT? Stop smoking those funny cigarettes. Yes, it is legal but only for medicinal purposes.

Posted: Sunday, March 3, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

"I knew Kelli Ward - doctor, businesswoman, state senator - was smart...

“Ron Gould Lite” is not "smart," in fact her actions in trying to put forth a bill that would violate the United States Constitution and result in an expensive and protracted lawsuit demonstrates that adequately. Ward is playing at being a Senator and nothing more. She’s like a teenaged girl who decided “I want to be a Senator!” And now Arizona will have to deal with her until we can send her down the road.

Try sending her an e-mail disagreeing with her and you will be treated to, not a “Thank you for expressing your concern,” but a denigrating litany of nonsense and then she will post your e-mail on her facebook page so her “friends” can then take some really bizarre shots at you while posting blatant lies.


Posted: Sunday, March 3, 2013
Article comment by: Rick O'Shea

Good article, always enjoy reading your writings. I did a search on sequester comments and your right, what a bunch of scare tactics and BS coming from Obama and the other Demotards, but that's what Obama is good at, BS.

Posted: Sunday, March 3, 2013
Article comment by: Patriot WES

Rich, I agree with your comments. Not sure your title matches what you stated!



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