State Senate votes to ban income tax in Tennessee
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03-09-2011, 07:50 PM
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
Without divulging my stance on the issue, moving to ban a non-existent tax isn't really a "good" thing. It isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it is a time wasting show to shore up the base of a politician or politicians. It's good for them in that sense, and every politician who is successful at any level does the same thing.
People might say that voting on a ban will keep an income tax that doesn't currently exist from ever existing. The trouble with that is the ban can be repealed. If there were ever the votes to actually pass an state income tax I would imagine the votes for repeal would be there, too. This ban is basically the same sort of for-show tactics we saw earlier on a national level when the House of Representatives moved to repeal the health care bill knowing without a doubt that, even in the extremely unlikely event the Senate voted and passed it, the White House would veto. That repeal wasn't because they thought it would actually happen. It was to show those who elected them that they at least tried as much as they could to fulfill a promise they made knowing it would be an extremely difficult, if not impossible, task. It's the ebb and flow of politics.
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