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Voting Against Tax Increases


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Since I never vote for the lesser of two evils, I never vote for individuals. However, I do vote against tax increases if I am given the chance.

I pointed out last year that the voters in my county (Escambia) in Florida foolishly voted to extend a 1 percent local option sales tax for another ten years, thus retaining our sales tax rate of 7.5 percent (one of the highest in Florida).

Now, however, I am happy to report that a special referendum held on June 26 to decide on an additional half-cent surtax, which would bring our sales tax rate to 8 percent, was rejected by the voters. This additional tax was supposed to "fund a basic managed health care program for delivery of basic health services to qualified, uninsured residents and to offset the County's required payments for Medicaid or other public programs." In other words, more socialized medicine.

Did my vote count? Perhaps not. But it felt good to vote against a tax increase. And this vote was clearly a case of good (no tax increase) versus evil (tax increase) instead of evil (Democrat) versus evil (Republican).

Laurence M. Vance is an Associated Scholar of the Mises Institute, founder of the Francis Wayland Institute, and a columnist for LewRockwell.com and the Future of Freedom Foundation. He is the author of The War on Drugs is a War on FreedomWar, Christianity, and the State: Essays on the Follies of Christian Militarism, and War, Empire, and the Military: Essays on the Follies of War and U.S. Foreign Policy.

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