Americans are obese. Why? They overeat. Too many empty calories,
too many calories, and way too much fat. Almost all are overweight
because they overeat.
shrink in comparison to America's biggest problem: government obesity.
and local governments over-tax, over-borrow, over-spend, over-regulate,
and over-govern. Super-size taxes. All-you-can-tax revenue buffets.
Never-ending, ever-expanding government gluttony.
year, Massachusetts government has let out its budget belt, while
we workers and taxpayers tightened our belts.
state government taxing and spending has more than doubled in the
last 17 years — while the population increased only 8.3%.
City and town
government taxing and spending in Massachusetts has also more than
Is our government
giving us double the results? Are streets twice as well paved and
maintained? Are crime rates half of what they were? Are public school
children getting twice the education they were?
No. While government
taxing and spending doubled, the results did not. They stayed flat
Judged by results,
the increased taxing and spending was and is unnecessary. And wasteful.
We don't judge
a person's nutrition by how much money he spends on groceries. We
don't judge a government's value by how much it pays for programs,
goods, and services.
We don't call
a person a good shopper when he overpays. We
don't call government a wise spender when it overpays.
An obese person
can't overeat his way to weight loss. An oversized, obese government
can't overtax and overspend its way to becoming a more affordable,
We must stop
overfeeding government. We must put Massachusetts government on
a money diet. A size-reducing, tax-reducing, spending-reducing,
a ballot initiative to END the income tax in Massachusetts.
state budget is $28 billion this year. The income tax brings in
$11 billion of this. 39%. The other $17 billion comes from the sales
tax, business and corporate tax, the death tax, gasoline taxes,
and a banquet of other government taxes and compulsory "fees."
What are the
benefits of ending the state income tax?
- Our Ballot
Initiative will give back over $3,600 each to over 3,000,000 Massachusetts
workers. $3,600 average. Each worker. Tax free. Not just once.
- It will
take $11 billion out of the gluttonous hands of obese Massachusetts
state government — and put it back into the hands of the men and
women who earned it. Not just once. Every year.
- In productive,
private hands this $11 billion a year will create hundreds of
thousands of new jobs in Massachusetts.
- This will
force the state legislature to streamline and cut the waste out
of the Massachusetts state budget.
- This will
force the state legislature to get rid of the failed, flawed government
programs that don’t work — and often make things worse.
- It’ll make
the state legislature accountable to Massachusetts workers and
taxpayers — instead of the government employees, lobbyists, and
special interests who profit from high government spending.
- With less
government and no income tax, Massachusetts will become a magnet
to private, productive businesses and individuals. More good jobs
and more good workers.
or obese people stop overeating and slim down, they experience a
number of different benefits. Better health. Better social lives.
Better work lives. Some inspire their friends or co-workers to lose
ballot initiative to END the Income Tax in Massachusetts will inspire
or incite taxpayers in other states to take off the taxes, too.
Maybe you like
the idea. But you just don't believe it could happen in Massachusetts.
In 1980, Ronald
Reagan for President won Massachusetts with 1,057,631 votes.
In 1984, Ronald
Reagan again won Massachusetts with 1,310,936 votes.
In 2002, our
first END the Income Tax Ballot Initiative in Massachusetts got
885,683 votes. 45%. We did it with volunteers, a small budget, and
advertising spending of less than $89,000.
The first poll
on our ballot initiative shows that 46% of Massachusetts voters
oppose it, while 45% support ENDing the Massachusetts state income
are undecided. (Source: State House News Service Poll, January 2008)
is headed for the November 4th ballot. This time, we
can win. We can END the Income Tax in Massachusetts.
is overweight or obese, the time to begin dieting is now.
over-taxes, over-borrows, over-spends, over-regulates, and over-governs
— the time to lighten the burden is now.
It's time to
reduce government obesity. Starting in Massachusetts. Continuing
in your city or state.
Want to reduce
March 14, 2008
Howell [send her
mail] and Michael Cloud [send
him mail] are the sponsors of the
Ballot Initiative to END the Income Tax in Massachusetts.