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Chatham's trickle down poverty policies will hurt citizens

By Brian Bock
Posted Thursday, June 11, 2009

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Pittsboro, NC - There has been much debate about the effectiveness of trickle down economics and its role in one of the longest economic expansions in American history. The Obama administration comes down against the theory claiming that it just isn't fair. He has replaced it with his own economic theory. "Trickle down poverty (TDP)". Various forms of TDP have been tried throughout the ages and in every case it has failed.

Revenue in Chatham County is 19 percent higher than 2002 adjusted for inflation and population growth.

Usually there would be checks and balances in place to stop this race to the bottom and to preserve the ideals that made the United States the largest force for good the world has ever known. There seems to be no opposition -- none in the mainstream press, none in the entertainment world, and none in the education system. This is what has me worried.

Anytime a tax cut is proposed, we predictably hear "how will you pay for it" yet when Congress passed a trillion-dollar "stimulus" package, the silence was deafening. Unfortunately, that package was just the start. It emboldened politicians at the state and local levels to adopt the TDP theory.

In North Carolina, the Legislature is negotiating broad increases in income taxes to fill the budget gaps. They are planning on increasing rates and broadening it to apply to more types of purchases. In Chatham County, I've been told that a significant increase in property taxes will be necessary.

These increases are being proposed during a time when we all have to make tough spending decisions. Government needs to do the same. Entire programs need to be cut or postponed.

We shouldn't be expanding planning departments with new positions such as a new sustainable communities director or funding bus lines that nobody will use. We may want to set aside hundreds of thousands of dollars to buy land for future parks, or fully fund an arts incubator, or countless other programs, but we can't afford it.

Revenue in Chatham County is 19 percent higher than 2002 adjusted for inflation and population growth. I'm sure that holds for many other counties as well. Revenue isn't our problem. We have to get spending under control.

The most maddening aspect of these tax hikes is that they are always presented to us as a way to fund education. The North Carolina public school system has added administrative, non-instructional, and instructional support positions at rates much higher than enrollment. Nobody ever says we need to increase your taxes to fund more bureaucrats, but that's exactly what they are doing.

Enough is enough. Not one more nickel until spending is under control. The trickle down poverty economic model will not build a sustainable community. It will, however, ensure we are equal.

Brian Bock is chairman of the Chatham County Republican Party, whose Web site is

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