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Governor Jindalís Bold Plan to Abolish Louisianaís Income Tax
Townhall.com ^ | January 15, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell

Posted on 01/15/2013 9:41:09 AM PST by Kaslin

I’m a big fan of the flat tax as a way of neutering the punitive and convoluted internal revenue code in Washington.

But I’m even more aggressive at the state level.

That’s why I’m very excited about a new proposal from Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana.

He’s already implemented some good school choice reform, notwithstanding wretched and predictable opposition from the state’s teachers’ union.

Now he wants to get rid of the state’s personal and corporate income taxes.

This would be a big and bold step, and I shared some evidence recently showing that states with no income tax grow faster and create more jobs.

I also discussed Jindal’s proposal last week on Fox Business News.

Dan Mitchell Commenting on Jindal Proposal to Eliminate Louisiana's Income Tax

Some people probably think Jindal is pushing this agenda merely because he may run for President in 2016.

My attitude is “so what?”

So long as he implements better policy, I don’t care if he’s motivated by a Ouija board.

But since he has a reputation for being a policy wonk, I suspect his motivations are to make Louisiana a more prosperous state.

And if bold reform also happens to increase his national stature, I’m sure he’s more than happy to reap any political benefits.

If he succeeds, Louisiana will enjoy more growth.

Equally important, as I stated in the interview, his success would show that Obama’s class-warfare agenda may have some appeal in basket-case states such as California, but it doesn’t have much support among people who understand that growth is the only effective (and moral) way of achieving a better life.

Americans Realize Washington Is the Problem, Support Cap to Control Spending

I periodically share polling data, in part because such information tells us what people think, but also because this type of research warns us where we need to focus our educational efforts and also gives us guidance on better ways to frame our message.

In recent months, for instance, I’ve gleefully noted that voters disagree with Paul Krugman on the economic impact of government spending.

But I also was shocked to see another poll that found French and Italians were more supportive of spending cuts than Americans.

Here’s some new polling data that seems very encouraging. Americans, by an overwhelming margin, think that Washington is causing serious harm to the nation.

Gallup Poll - Washington serious harm

But it’s important to look at this data dispassionately.

Maybe people merely object to gridlock, meaning that it would be a mistake to interpret these results as being a reflection of widespread libertarian sentiment.

So it’s important that advocates of freedom build upon these polling results to educate people about the risks of giving more money and power to a dysfunctional town.

The good news is that we do see significant skepticism about policies to expand the size and scope of the federal government.

I recently shared some data showing that most Americans wisely suspect that higher taxes would result in bigger government rather than less red ink.

I also found similar results in a Reason poll from 2011.

Reason Poll - spend new tax revenue

That same poll also found strong support for a limit on federal spending, which warms my heart since I’ve been trying to build support for a Swiss-style spending cap in America.

Reason Poll - spending cap

Here are some other encouraging pieces of polling data.

But let me close by stating that our goal is to preserve the freedom we have and restore the liberties that we have lost.

Public opinion data is useful in that it tells us how people think and suggests ways to frame our message.

But it should never cause us to change our principles.


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1 posted on 01/15/2013 9:41:14 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin; All

What a rino /s


2 posted on 01/15/2013 9:52:58 AM PST by KevinDavis (And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.)
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To: Kaslin

As you may know, New York is passing probably the most restrictive laws on guns in the nation. The Mohawk valley is home to many gun manufacturers. Lets email the Governor and get some gun manufacturing jobs here in Louisiana by letting them know that WE welcome them here in Louisiana. Please spread the word on other LOUISIANA forums and email Remington as well.

Lets form a list of Gun manufacturers in New York and email them all. I will update or Mods can as well if I’m too slow.

New York Gun Manufacturers:

Remington Arms
Kimber Arms

Gov. Jindal: http://www.gov.la.gov/index.cfm?md=f...email_governor


3 posted on 01/15/2013 9:58:23 AM PST by NY Cajun
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To: NY Cajun

Wasn’t there a CZ USA plant in NY that sustained heavy damage from a recent fire? Louisiana would be a great place to rebuild the plant.


4 posted on 01/15/2013 10:57:21 AM PST by dartuser ("If you are ... what you were ... then you're not.")
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To: NY Cajun

2nd that, I suggest Lake Charles. A lot of machinists there due to the petroleum industry. And Louisiana is the Sportsmen’s Paradise


5 posted on 01/15/2013 11:58:19 AM PST by Raymann
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To: Kaslin

raw ideas are fine

what i was looking for and did not find was just exactly how Jindahl hopes to go about dropping the state personal and corporate income taxes

i will wait for his actual proposal before getting real excited about the idea, which is no more than a talking point at this stage


6 posted on 01/15/2013 1:04:20 PM PST by Wuli (uire)
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To: Kaslin; BillyBoy; AuH2ORepublican; fieldmarshaldj; GOPsterinMA; NFHale; sickoflibs

If Bob could pull this off he may reenter himself into the White House conversation.


7 posted on 01/15/2013 11:16:31 PM PST by Impy (All in favor of Harry Reid meeting Mr. Mayhem?)
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To: Impy

Gov. Jindal goes by Bobby, not Bob; his birth name was Piyush, and he gave himself the American name Bobby after Bobby Brady from The Brady Bunch.


8 posted on 01/16/2013 3:41:30 AM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll defend your rights?)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

I know, I just felt like calling him Bob.


9 posted on 01/16/2013 4:05:32 AM PST by Impy (All in favor of Harry Reid meeting Mr. Mayhem?)
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