June 15, 2003 (letter
to Lansing State Journal)
Reconsider on taxes
In his June 1 letter, Kristopher Catton calls the Lansing State
Journal "ignorant" for saying Congress shouldn't cut taxes because
it can't stay within its budget. He says "the easiest and most
efficient way to control spending is to limit the money available."
It is not so easy, and not so efficient. At the federal level, it
hasn't worked at all.
Tax reductions have not curtailed spending - they've simply
increased the deficit. Here in Michigan - where deficit spending is
prohibited by the state constitution - the spending cuts made so far
have been far from "easy," and the budget is still not balanced.
Cutting taxes is easy, but the lawmakers who do so also have the
power to cut spending. Cutting taxes without coming up with the
corresponding spending cuts shows a serious lack of integrity. And
who controls the legislatures at both the federal and state level?