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Citizens for Limited Taxation

Atta Boy! Norman.  Please run for office.  We need you!

Put Money where mouth is
Norman W. Clark Sunday, February 9, 2003
A recent letter to the editor advanced the writer's proposals as to how Massachusetts can increase revenues.  As I read the letter, I began to think about how the many state sponsored social programs could be retained, or minimally reduced, while also giving deference to those like myself who feel many such programs are at best of marginal efficacy and at worst actually detrimental to their clients.  Also, it appears that a large majority of voters feel we already pay too much in taxes and their views should be considered before a general increase is enacted.

Therefore, I propose a tax hike to be limited to those who want heavy government intervention in people's lives.  A 50 percent state income tax surcharge should be applied to all voters registered as Democrats as of Jan. 1, 2003.  This will allow those compassionate folks to put their money where their mouth is and will show their strong commitment to these many social causes.

I propose a second, one time tax of 25 percent on all of a registered Democratic taxpayer's net worth that exceeds $1,000,000.  These are the folks who are in favor of a large inheritance tax and it will allow them to pre-pay some of it now when it is desperately needed.  Our super rich Senators John Kerry and Ted Kennedy should be especially delighted to have an opportunity to share heavily in the taxes that they are so pleased to assign to the rest of us.

These measures will help our state coffers now and will show stingy, mean spirited conservatives like myself that Democrats are more than just wind bags who want everyone else to pay for their compassion.

In fact, such a show of true, meaningful compassion as opposed to empty rhetoric would go a long way toward convincing me that new taxes for everyone are justified.

NORMAN W. CLARK, Holliston

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