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Letter by Norman Brown, Tacoma on June 7, 2012 at 12:25 pm | 16 Comments »
June 7, 2012 1:23 pm

The writer who complained about “the tyranny of a tax-happy government” (letter, 6-6) should remember that those taxes that the rich don’t pay and the corporations don’t pay are ones the rest of us have to pay.

If you want police, firefighters and good roads, taxes have to be paid. If the rich get richer and don’t pay their fair share of taxes and the corporations get tax breaks or take their profits off-shore, that means the rest of us have to make up the difference.

The letter writer (TNT, 6-6) who complained that “those who write initiatives are taking away the ability of a majority of the population to to make a truly informed decision” is correct. That is why there is a little thing each and every registered voter receives in the mail. It is called a “Voters Pamphlet.”

In it every issue up for a vote is explained in plain language, what the law is now and the effect if the law is passed. If those who voted for Initiative 1183 had read the details, they would have seen the fees and taxes that were written into the initiative were not written by the state, but by the lawyers for Costco.

And finally, the letter writer who wrote of “those who swallow swill of corporate advertising” (TNT, 6-6) is correct. Initiative I-1183 was not written for consumers, but for corporations.

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