Saturday, January 30, 2010

Yes, it's immoral, and bad for us, but hey, it's only temporary

From this morning's West River Legislative crackerbarrel, where typically an audience full of Democrats ask questions of a table of Republican legislators.
Tom Katus, who lost his District 32 seat to Adelstein, questioned him on the regressive nature of the sales tax and suggested alternatives including a corporate business tax.

Adelstein said South Dakotans do not want a state income tax and that tax breaks for corporations are necessary to lure jobs to South Dakota.

“I agree that it’s regressive, but it’s temporary,” Adelstein said. “I think it’s worth that moment of regression.”
-- ("Adelstein quizzed at crackerbarrel," RCJ, 1/30/2010)

And they say there's no difference between Democrats and Republicans.

Maybe someday West River voters will get engaged enough in the election process to figure out they are sending the wrong people to Pierre.

Republicans LOVE those corporate tax breaks. Look what's been accomplished in Washington State. The result: their aid to education is now way at the bottom (but still above South Dakota, of course).

Who makes up the difference -- YOU AND ME.  Go ahead, vote Republican, they really look after your "freedom" don't they?


  1. Grrr: even a somewhat moderate Republican like Adelstein still drinks the rhetorical Kool-Aid instead of looking at actual data: Minnesota kicks our business butt in part because they levy taxes that provide services that lower operating costs for businesses. Minnesota also has a lower small business failure rate than South Dakota.

    Think of it this way: take in less tax, and your state can fund less police service. More businesses then have to hire their own security. Businesses pay less tax, but they end up with more overhead.

    Again, Republicans fail to see the big picture.

  2. As one who has worked with market research or ganizations that gathar data for companies looking for places to operate, I am astounded that people still fall for the low-texes-attract-job-creating-businesses cant. When companies look at a place to locate an operation, they don't look at taxes; they look at what kind of infrastructure and services their taxes will buy.

  3. Anonymous10:15

    . . . and what kind of education they will buy for their children and the children of their employees. (As Aberdeen and many other towns took generations to learn.)