No one likes being second best, and Connecticut Democrats seem intent on ensuring that we become the number one highest taxed state in the country.
Our friends in Hartford have yet to meet a tax they don’t like. This year alone they’ve proposed new tolls, property tax increases, state car taxes, taxes on heating oil and energy, more payroll taxes, expanded sales taxes, sin taxes – even taxes on cats. I’m surprised that goldfish and hamsters escaped assessment. Democrats are sympathetic to criminals, however, proposing to make prison phone calls free at a cost of $7 million. Perhaps hamsters can make up the difference.
The Democrat majority knows only one question: How do we get more revenue? When a consumer maxes out his credit cards, no one ever asks “Why don’t you make more money?” We ask why he spent so much money he didn’t have. No such logic has appeared in Hartford, sadly, and so state expenses continue to skyrocket and resulting tax proposals become ever more creative.
The effect of increasing taxes is negative migration, and Democrats seem to want to be number one there, too. But bring that up in Hartford and you’re likely to get an intellectual chicken and egg debate, as though negative migration may be a spontaneous occurrence. Let that roll around in your head for a moment. It’s okay to laugh. How do we convince people who want to leave Connecticut that they should stay? “I know,” say Connecticut Dems. “Let’s tax them more!”
Democrat legislators surely think of themselves as Robin Hoods, but they are in fact unwitting Sheriffs of Nottingham. And like the Nottingham subjects of lore, Connecticut residents don’t care which is chicken and which is egg – they simply care that they can no longer afford much chicken or eggs.