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(NPR)   Oklahoma's Republican governor wants to raise taxes to save the state from the ruination caused by Oklahoma's Republican tax cuts, but those mean, obstructionist Democrats won't let her   ( npr.org) divider line
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2018-02-08 10:21:13 PM  
In the early 1990s, in reaction to a tax increase, voters passed a ballot measure requiring 75 percent of the Legislature to vote in favor of any revenue hike.

SQ 640 has made Oklahoma ungovernable
 
2018-02-08 10:21:48 PM  
Once again, the only thing trickling down in trickle-down economics is a stream of piss on workers' legs.
 
2018-02-08 10:39:52 PM  
Ha!  Mary Failin, the poor Oklahoman's version of Sam Brownback.
 
2018-02-08 10:48:25 PM  
Then put another initiative on the ballot to overturn the 75% mandate.
If Okies won't vote for it, then they deserve to be farked.
 
2018-02-08 10:50:41 PM  
But with those low, low taxes, engineers will flock from San Francisco  Commiefornia to put their kids in schools that only have class 4 days a week.

That's probably too generous. The simplest reason that nobody from NYC or SF moves to these low tax dumps is because rich people would rather live near decent restaurants than save 10 grand on their taxes.
 
2018-02-08 10:58:45 PM  
Yeah a $1.50 per pack hike on cigs and 6 cent fuel tax.  Joy.

http://m.newson6.com/story.aspx?story​=​37460491&catId=112042
 
2018-02-08 10:59:17 PM  
"You broke it, you bought it"

This is their mess to clean up, and the can't without help. From the group that they totally told to sit down and shut up when the tax cuts were passed.

Make them own it until after the mod terms.
 
2018-02-08 11:19:30 PM  
Yes, it's Republicans' fault, but who put them there? Asshole voters who think that an extra $16 a week is going to completely transform their lives. So they vote for these idiotic tax cuts that really don't benefit them at all, but it sure seems like they should. Then they pass an even more foolish law saying that you can't take tax cuts away unless everyone agrees, which you know damned well they won't.

I wish there were a way to make lower-income people see how little tax cuts are helping them and how much they get for a few extra bucks in taxes. I get it, you want the government to be more responsible with their money, but you probably also want a supermodel in your bed. It ain't happening, Jethro. So stop acting like tax cuts are saving your life and man up and admit that many people paying a little more can really buy A LOT of good stuff for your state. Schools. Roads. Infrastructure. Programs that help people get back on their feet. That's all shait you use every day.

Or you can have a few extra bucks a week in your paycheck, maybe enough for two or three packs of smokes. Which is... actually what you choose every. Single. FARKING. TIME.

You know what? Never mind. Sleep in your own goddamned mess. Die early and penniless and let your under-educated kids dig ditches for the people in states who didn't vote to screw themselves to save a few bucks. The world needs them for that, too, especially now that we're throwing all the brown people out while you cheer.

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2018-02-08 11:23:05 PM  
A Republican-made shiathole.

"Around 20 percent of Oklahoma's schools now hold classes just four days a week. Last year, Highway Patrol officers were given a mileage limit because the state couldn't afford to put gas in their tanks. Medicaid provider rates have been cut to the point that rural nursing homes and hospitals are closing, and the prisons are so full that the director of corrections says they're on the brink of a crisis. "
 
2018-02-08 11:58:34 PM  
So, does failin' Fallin still have her adult daughter living in a trailer on the governor's mansion lawn?
 
2018-02-09 12:05:23 AM  
there seems to be a lot of things that the GOP has done and now that those ideas and plans are starting to go pear shaped in the most republican manner ever, the GOP is suddenly starting - JUST starting mind you - to realize that those ideas were really bad ones and shouldn't have been implemented in the first place.

But the republicans have a problem.  you can't spend a decade or so chanting 'f*ck your feelings' and blaming everything on the Democrats...and then turn around and demand that the Democrats fix problems the Republicans created.  I ask this question a lot, and I'm going to keep asking it until the trumpers give me an answer - why should we save the Republicans from themselves?  why should we work hard and sacrifice to fix problems for people who have constantly and continually told every democrat and independent voter to go f*ck themselves?
 
2018-02-09 12:40:58 AM  
There are Democrats in Oklahoma?
 
2018-02-09 12:58:12 AM  

Peepeye: Yeah a $1.50 per pack hike on cigs and 6 cent fuel tax.  Joy.

http://m.newson6.com/story.aspx?story=​37460491&catId=112042


Good thing Paul Ryan gave them that extra $1.50min their paycheck.
 
2018-02-09 04:52:09 AM  
But the spirit of compromise hasn't reached lawmakers yet. They're now in their second special session trying to pass a budget for the current fiscal year.

Haha them dumb Oklahomans right?

The rest of the country would never be so dumb as to lock the government up over the budget.
 
2018-02-09 04:52:57 AM  
""It's math," said banker David Rainbolt, a leader of the group known as Step Up Oklahoma."

This made me laugh, it sounds like he's all excited about this new math thing he just found out about and is raring to give it a go.

"It's not some fad, math is going revolutionize the world I'm sure of it!"
 
2018-02-09 04:57:09 AM  
Don't tell me.,.. the original cut the shiat out of company and rich farkers' taxes, the new one increases taxes on the poor and middle classes to pay for it.

Amiright? of course I'm farking right.
 
2018-02-09 04:59:35 AM  

Rapmaster2000: But with those low, low taxes, engineers will flock from San Francisco  Commiefornia to put their kids in schools that only have class 4 days a week.

That's probably too generous. The simplest reason that nobody from NYC or SF moves to these low tax dumps is because rich people would rather live near decent restaurants than save 10 grand on their taxes.


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We're growing. Be as big as San Francisco in a few years, and just as sophisticated.
 
2018-02-09 05:00:40 AM  
"Rainbolt and the bipartisan business coalition that introduced the compromise plan say the state is in a mess and there is no easy way to fix it. They point to the fact that when they created the plan, business leaders from competing industries sat down at a table to find a solution and everyone had to give."

Translation: The pigs met at the trough and worked out a plan where everyone has to give, the pigs, the donkeys, the horses, the chickens, the dogs, everyone.

The pigs will sleep on it, in the feather beds up in the farmhouse, and in the morning, Napoleon expects to receive word from the barn that there is unanimous approval.
 
2018-02-09 05:17:48 AM  

Rapmaster2000: But with those low, low taxes, engineers will flock from San Francisco  Commiefornia to put their kids in schools that only have class 4 days a week.

That's probably too generous. The simplest reason that nobody from NYC or SF moves to these low tax dumps is because rich people would rather live near decent restaurants than save 10 grand on their taxes.


Lowering standards attracts people with low standards.  Who knew?
 
2018-02-09 05:20:05 AM  

thorpe: A Republican-made shiathole.

"Around 20 percent of Oklahoma's schools now hold classes just four days a week. Last year, Highway Patrol officers were given a mileage limit because the state couldn't afford to put gas in their tanks. Medicaid provider rates have been cut to the point that rural nursing homes and hospitals are closing, and the prisons are so full that the director of corrections says they're on the brink of a crisis. "


Sounds like a Randian paradise, just a few more tax cuts and it will be all unicorns, rainbows and puppy farts.
 
2018-02-09 05:20:43 AM  

Weaver95: there seems to be a lot of things that the GOP has done and now that those ideas and plans are starting to go pear shaped in the most republican manner ever, the GOP is suddenly starting - JUST starting mind you - to realize that those ideas were really bad ones and shouldn't have been implemented in the first place.

But the republicans have a problem.  you can't spend a decade or so chanting 'f*ck your feelings' and blaming everything on the Democrats...and then turn around and demand that the Democrats fix problems the Republicans created.  I ask this question a lot, and I'm going to keep asking it until the trumpers give me an answer - why should we save the Republicans from themselves?  why should we work hard and sacrifice to fix problems for people who have constantly and continually told every democrat and independent voter to go f*ck themselves?



You're absolutely right.  We should screw the people of Oklahoma over in order to prove our point.
Whatever misery they suffer is okay as long as we win and they lose.
 
2018-02-09 05:23:17 AM  

Rapmaster2000: But with those low, low taxes, engineers will flock from San Francisco  Commiefornia to put their kids in schools that only have class 4 days a week.

That's probably too generous. The simplest reason that nobody from NYC or SF moves to these low tax dumps is because rich people would rather live near decent restaurants than save 10 grand on their taxes.


by Republican logic, people and companies should be flooding into the free market Shang-Gra-La of Somalia and turning it into an economic powerhouse the likes we've never seen.  At least they got the last part right though, we've never nor will we ever see it.
 
2018-02-09 05:24:52 AM  

Weaver95: there seems to be a lot of things that the GOP has done and now that those ideas and plans are starting to go pear shaped in the most republican manner ever, the GOP is suddenly starting - JUST starting mind you - to realize that those ideas were really bad ones and shouldn't have been implemented in the first place.

But the republicans have a problem.  you can't spend a decade or so chanting 'f*ck your feelings' and blaming everything on the Democrats...and then turn around and demand that the Democrats fix problems the Republicans created.  I ask this question a lot, and I'm going to keep asking it until the trumpers give me an answer - why should we save the Republicans from themselves?  why should we work hard and sacrifice to fix problems for people who have constantly and continually told every democrat and independent voter to go f*ck themselves?


Don't forget that they invited a country that menaces us with 100 megaton nuclear warhead equipped submarines drones to interfere in our elections and conduct espionage against our nation to their benefit

And then they rewarded then for it.
 
2018-02-09 05:25:21 AM  

Descartes: You're absolutely right.  We should screw the people of Oklahoma over in order to prove our point.
Whatever misery they suffer is okay as long as we win and they lose.


yes.  that is EXACTLY what I am suggesting.  we can't save people who don't want to be saved.  the trumpers WANTED this.  they demanded it.  fought for it.  defended it.  gave money in support of this ideology.  Then when things started to go wrong, they spit on the Democrats, told everyone trying to help them to f*ck off and chanted MAGA at the top of their lungs until they damn near passed out from exhaustion.

why SHOULD we help people who hate us?
 
2018-02-09 05:30:02 AM  
1) TAX CUTS FOR THE JOB CREATORS!!!
2)  Loss in revenue means cuts to social safety nets and education.
3) The people have had enough! Time to raise the sales tax so everyone chips in and we get more time for the tax cuts to work.
 
2018-02-09 05:37:16 AM  
Well, it still beats Libertarians...
 
2018-02-09 05:43:34 AM  
https://boingboing.net/2018/02/07/thi​s​-is-not-ok.html

"As a result, the state is going broke. Teachers haven't gotten a raise in 10 years and the only way they can afford to accept the pay -- third-worst in the nation -- is by negotiating a four-day school week in 90 districts, freeing teachers up to take jobs at Walmart on Mondays to make ends meet. "

I don't understand how the economics of this could possibly work out.  If no kids in a district go to school one day a week, additional child care is required on that day.  So now you're hiring a bunch of people to take care of kids while parents work.
 
2018-02-09 05:53:46 AM  

gaspode: Don't tell me.,.. the original cut the shiat out of company and rich farkers' taxes, the new one increases taxes on the poor and middle classes to pay for it.

Amiright? of course I'm farking right.


This year they are just planning to borrow hundreds of billions to cover the gap.  Paul Ryan, speaker of the House again made a speech on the detrimental effect of our overly generous social security, Medicaid, and Medicare on the federal budget and how the military can't train the troops without an additional $300 billion this year alone.  They won't target baby boomers already in retirement, but will attempt to cut gen x and millenials out as quickly as possible.  So tax payers won't see any benefit of Ryan's plan until 2040 or so.  But remember, it's a "crisis".
/the top 0.1% should be paying at least 45% income tax.
//kiss most of those payroll taxes goodbye
 
2018-02-09 05:56:56 AM  

CitizenReserveCorps: https://boingboing.net/2018/02/07/thi​s​-is-not-ok.html

"As a result, the state is going broke. Teachers haven't gotten a raise in 10 years and the only way they can afford to accept the pay -- third-worst in the nation -- is by negotiating a four-day school week in 90 districts, freeing teachers up to take jobs at Walmart on Mondays to make ends meet. "

I don't understand how the economics of this could possibly work out.  If no kids in a district go to school one day a week, additional child care is required on that day.  So now you're hiring a bunch of people to take care of kids while parents work.


JOB CREATION!
 
2018-02-09 06:03:36 AM  

Weaver95: Descartes: You're absolutely right.  We should screw the people of Oklahoma over in order to prove our point.
Whatever misery they suffer is okay as long as we win and they lose.

yes.  that is EXACTLY what I am suggesting.  we can't save people who don't want to be saved.  the trumpers WANTED this.  they demanded it.  fought for it.  defended it.  gave money in support of this ideology.  Then when things started to go wrong, they spit on the Democrats, told everyone trying to help them to f*ck off and chanted MAGA at the top of their lungs until they damn near passed out from exhaustion.

why SHOULD we help people who hate us?


You're assuming that everyone in Oklahoma, no exceptions, pushed for this equally. Including children, including people who voted against it, people who didn't vote, people who can't vote.
 
2018-02-09 06:05:46 AM  

Weaver95: Descartes: You're absolutely right.  We should screw the people of Oklahoma over in order to prove our point.
Whatever misery they suffer is okay as long as we win and they lose.

yes.  that is EXACTLY what I am suggesting.  we can't save people who don't want to be saved.  the trumpers WANTED this.  they demanded it.  fought for it.  defended it.  gave money in support of this ideology.  Then when things started to go wrong, they spit on the Democrats, told everyone trying to help them to f*ck off and chanted MAGA at the top of their lungs until they damn near passed out from exhaustion.

why SHOULD we help people who hate us?


Because it's what Jesus would want us to do.
 
2018-02-09 06:06:44 AM  
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2018-02-09 06:08:21 AM  
"Around 20 percent of Oklahoma's schools now hold classes just four days a week. Last year, Highway Patrol officers were given a mileage limit because the state couldn't afford to put gas in their tanks. Medicaid provider rates have been cut to the point that rural nursing homes and hospitals are closing, and the prisons are so full that the director of corrections says they're on the brink of a crisis. "


Republican Utopia
 
2018-02-09 06:30:15 AM  

Scanty Em: You're assuming that everyone in Oklahoma, no exceptions, pushed for this equally. Including children, including people who voted against it, people who didn't vote, people who can't vote.


Welcome to majority rules.  It's obvious that you think we're supposed to care about all those unfortunates who got and are getting screwed by the majority of their community.  It's callous and hardassed, but sometimes the only way people learn is if they get hit over the head with a 2x4.  Being all "there, there.  We'll fix it for you." doesn't teach people to NOT break shiat.  It just teaches them that they can break shiat, take from others, and someone else will take responsibility for it and make it better.

The rest of the country is in the process of getting screwed because a good many people have elected Congress persons that do this shiat.  I'm done taking the blame for someone else's actions when they fark things up.  I'm done babying the people who vote for this shiat and then cry foul when they get hit with these same policies.  If you don't want this thing to happen, then don't vote for those that advocate and support this shiat.  If you don't want your neighbors to vote for this shiat, talk to them and convince them otherwise.
 
2018-02-09 06:33:43 AM  
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2018-02-09 06:34:13 AM  

Scanty Em: Weaver95: Descartes: You're absolutely right.  We should screw the people of Oklahoma over in order to prove our point.
Whatever misery they suffer is okay as long as we win and they lose.

yes.  that is EXACTLY what I am suggesting.  we can't save people who don't want to be saved.  the trumpers WANTED this.  they demanded it.  fought for it.  defended it.  gave money in support of this ideology.  Then when things started to go wrong, they spit on the Democrats, told everyone trying to help them to f*ck off and chanted MAGA at the top of their lungs until they damn near passed out from exhaustion.

why SHOULD we help people who hate us?

You're assuming that everyone in Oklahoma, no exceptions, pushed for this equally. Including children, including people who voted against it, people who didn't vote, people who can't vote.


Even if you want to help them, how do you do it? And how do you stop them voting for the exact same shiatshow all over again. It seems all anyone needs to do in these red states is shout jesus, guns and crooked hilliary a few times and the leopard party wins handily.
 
2018-02-09 06:38:25 AM  

Scanty Em: Weaver95: Descartes: You're absolutely right.  We should screw the people of Oklahoma over in order to prove our point.
Whatever misery they suffer is okay as long as we win and they lose.

[...snip...]

why SHOULD we help people who hate us?

You're assuming that everyone in Oklahoma, no exceptions, pushed for this equally. Including children, including people who voted against it, people who didn't vote, people who can't vote.


This is one of those, "If you didn't vote, then you voted for it" situations.

As fusillade762's linked article notes, SQ640 had a turnout of less than one-third (32 percent) of registered voters in the state -- SQ640 won 372,306 to 290,555 (56% to 44%). In 1992, there were 2,077,114 registered voters in OK, meaning only 17.9% of the voting population voted for it. 14% voted against it.

And 68% of voters -- 1,414,514 people -- couldn't be bothered to get off their asses (ignoring the possibility of being "unable" to vote). Had a mere 81,752 more people -- 5.8% of the non-voting population -- gone to the polls to vote "no", things could have been different for them.

You're right about the kids, though: sucks that they have to suffer for the stupidity and laziness of their parents.
 
2018-02-09 06:42:13 AM  

ArcadianRefugee: 5.8% of the non-voting population


Perhaps I should have said "un-voting", as I meant those who could have voted but didn't, not those who weren't registered voters.
 
2018-02-09 06:42:26 AM  

Scanty Em: Weaver95: Descartes: You're absolutely right.  We should screw the people of Oklahoma over in order to prove our point.
Whatever misery they suffer is okay as long as we win and they lose.

yes.  that is EXACTLY what I am suggesting.  we can't save people who don't want to be saved.  the trumpers WANTED this.  they demanded it.  fought for it.  defended it.  gave money in support of this ideology.  Then when things started to go wrong, they spit on the Democrats, told everyone trying to help them to f*ck off and chanted MAGA at the top of their lungs until they damn near passed out from exhaustion.

why SHOULD we help people who hate us?

You're assuming that everyone in Oklahoma, no exceptions, pushed for this equally. Including children, including people who voted against it, people who didn't vote, people who can't vote.


The majority however did. Whe I feel for those that didn't, if this state wanted it, let 'em have it.
 
2018-02-09 06:49:57 AM  
Most people only learn when their mistakes directly impact them.

I'm sure a lot of people in OK will be voting against the GOP these midterms, and special elections have been very surprising.
 
2018-02-09 06:57:04 AM  

ArcadianRefugee: Scanty Em: Weaver95: Descartes: You're absolutely right.  We should screw the people of Oklahoma over in order to prove our point.
Whatever misery they suffer is okay as long as we win and they lose.

[...snip...]

why SHOULD we help people who hate us?

You're assuming that everyone in Oklahoma, no exceptions, pushed for this equally. Including children, including people who voted against it, people who didn't vote, people who can't vote.

This is one of those, "If you didn't vote, then you voted for it" situations.

As fusillade762's linked article notes, SQ640 had a turnout of less than one-third (32 percent) of registered voters in the state -- SQ640 won 372,306 to 290,555 (56% to 44%). In 1992, there were 2,077,114 registered voters in OK, meaning only 17.9% of the voting population voted for it. 14% voted against it.

And 68% of voters -- 1,414,514 people -- couldn't be bothered to get off their asses (ignoring the possibility of being "unable" to vote). Had a mere 81,752 more people -- 5.8% of the non-voting population -- gone to the polls to vote "no", things could have been different for them.

You're right about the kids, though: sucks that they have to suffer for the stupidity and laziness of their parents.


The best part about cherry picking bible quotes is cherry picking them to Bible thumpers who have farked up their children's future:

God, this Leviticus guy is an asshole:

"Because of their iniquity, and also because of the iniquities of their fathers they shall rot away like them." (Leviticus 26:39)

/fark your feelings
 
2018-02-09 07:01:11 AM  
Any Real Republican knows that this just means they haven't lowered taxes enough.
 
2018-02-09 07:03:01 AM  

SpaceyCat: Scanty Em: You're assuming that everyone in Oklahoma, no exceptions, pushed for this equally. Including children, including people who voted against it, people who didn't vote, people who can't vote.

Welcome to majority rules.  It's obvious that you think we're supposed to care about all those unfortunates who got and are getting screwed by the majority of their community.  It's callous and hardassed, but sometimes the only way people learn is if they get hit over the head with a 2x4.  Being all "there, there.  We'll fix it for you." doesn't teach people to NOT break shiat.  It just teaches them that they can break shiat, take from others, and someone else will take responsibility for it and make it better.

The rest of the country is in the process of getting screwed because a good many people have elected Congress persons that do this shiat.  I'm done taking the blame for someone else's actions when they fark things up.  I'm done babying the people who vote for this shiat and then cry foul when they get hit with these same policies.  If you don't want this thing to happen, then don't vote for those that advocate and support this shiat.  If you don't want your neighbors to vote for this shiat, talk to them and convince them otherwise.


So if my neighbor is careless about fire hazards, I deserve to burn alive.

Here's hoping you burn alive too.
 
2018-02-09 07:12:56 AM  
Have tax cuts ever been directly linked to job creation?  Seems to me that when states Carter too corporations like that, the encourage employers with low standards to set up shop in their communities.  The jobs they create sick--they are the economic equivalent of giving a man a fish.  He never gets ahead.  They're subsistence jobs and nothing more.
 
2018-02-09 07:13:14 AM  

groppet: thorpe: A Republican-made shiathole.

"Around 20 percent of Oklahoma's schools now hold classes just four days a week. Last year, Highway Patrol officers were given a mileage limit because the state couldn't afford to put gas in their tanks. Medicaid provider rates have been cut to the point that rural nursing homes and hospitals are closing, and the prisons are so full that the director of corrections says they're on the brink of a crisis. "

Sounds like a Randian paradise, just a few more tax cuts and it will be all unicorns, rainbows and puppy farts.


But the football coaches at the state colleges still all earn over $ 2Million per year.
 
2018-02-09 07:13:24 AM  
Supermajority?  This shouldn't be any harder than taking down a confederate flag in front of a statehouse
 
2018-02-09 07:18:04 AM  

Turbo Cojones: groppet: thorpe: A Republican-made shiathole.

"Around 20 percent of Oklahoma's schools now hold classes just four days a week. Last year, Highway Patrol officers were given a mileage limit because the state couldn't afford to put gas in their tanks. Medicaid provider rates have been cut to the point that rural nursing homes and hospitals are closing, and the prisons are so full that the director of corrections says they're on the brink of a crisis. "

Sounds like a Randian paradise, just a few more tax cuts and it will be all unicorns, rainbows and puppy farts.

But the football coaches at the state colleges still all earn over $ 2Million per year.


Counter-point: Football programs at top football schools bring in way more money. Especially if they're in a conference with a good TV Deal and revenue sharing.

/still overpaid, but it's market rate
//football programs at mediocre schools cost them millions a year and should be cut
///3
 
2018-02-09 07:19:00 AM  

Weaver95: Descartes: You're absolutely right.  We should screw the people of Oklahoma over in order to prove our point.
Whatever misery they suffer is okay as long as we win and they lose.

yes.  that is EXACTLY what I am suggesting.  we can't save people who don't want to be saved.  the trumpers WANTED this.  they demanded it.  fought for it.  defended it.  gave money in support of this ideology.  Then when things started to go wrong, they spit on the Democrats, told everyone trying to help them to f*ck off and chanted MAGA at the top of their lungs until they damn near passed out from exhaustion.

why SHOULD we help people who hate us?


Weaver has a point here, it's one thing to want to help people in places like Puerto Rico who sufferred an event they couldn't control (and consequently, who the R's tried to cut off aid to already, before the freakin power is even back on) and something completely different to help these ass clowns who have dug a deep hole and now want anyone else to throw them a lifeline.     Okies want help?  Fine, in Nov vote in 75% Dems and start fixing your shiat or STFU.
 
2018-02-09 07:20:10 AM  

Scanty Em: So if my neighbor is careless about fire hazards, I deserve to burn alive.


Your neighbor wasn't "careless" -- he didn't "accidentally" vote for this shiat.  Your neighbor went down the block, bought a gallon of gasoline, came home, and poured it on the carpet in front of his fireplace.

And if you are one of those who simply stood by silently and watched, well....
 
2018-02-09 07:21:28 AM  
The economy fluctuates. To a lesser extent, so do taxes. But when the economy is booming, that's when you want to boost income (taxes), right? I doesn't make much sense to bump up taxes when people are short of money. If you cut taxes when the people are flush with cash, what are you going to do down the line when there's a dip and suddenly your bridges are falling apart and schoolkids are going without books?
 
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