Those who have been the most vocal about no new taxes seem to be simultaneously hard at work raising them in a variety of other ways: Building and renovating sports stadiums, limiting Medicaid expansion, asking public employees to take furlough days, frustrating efforts to add common sense as an ingredient in fast-food guidelines, blocking the registration of firearms and limiting access to birth control. These and similar actions are all forms of taxes — generating immediate and long-term public expense in dollars, time, health and lives.
Hypocrisy is clearly not a solution to budget concerns. It is well past time to restore revenue in transparent and traditional ways, eliminating favoritism for the wealthy and taking lessons from the most recent budget balance and surplus America enjoyed under President Clinton.
John L. Adams, Pinecrest