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N. Dakota Homemaker: "We are all renters. None of us are homeowners."
Like many other Americans, North Dakota residents are fed up with excessive taxation, and the financial insecurities and strains associated with it.
There are many North Dakotans' on both sides of the political aisle who are opposed to this measure, but their concerns only address the financial strain that this may, or may not place on the state. There is no consideration given to the root causes of WHY many of their residents support this bill. As true politicians they see things through the prism of how taxes, laws, and policies affect the government, but completely miss the boat as to how those same things affect the average person trying to put food on the table, pay the utilities, pay the mortgage, make the car note, ad infinitum. All this while watching the price for goods and services continue to increase, leaving less and less of a safety net. Finally, even after supplying for their family, taxes have to be paid. And with the economy, inflation, fuel prices, et al, that margin of error is becoming increasingly narrow, and in some cases non-existent.
Governor: "It's mind-boggling, really."
While this measure will probably fail, those politicians who are besides themselves, confused that this is even an issue, would do well to challenge themselves, and dig a little deeper into what they have adopted as sacred cows. Politics and life don't occur in a vacuum, and these types of things don't just well up from a contented electorate on their own. Dissatisfaction in the process, our leaders, and a widespread perception that our voices are not being heard, result in these types of grassroots movement.
This issue, and others like it, will not fade away until our leaders acknowledge and address the underlying economic woes, and the real perception of a tyrannical government trampling the rights of its citizens under the guise of fairness and compassion for the less fortunate. Meanwhile, these policies meant to spread fairness are only spreading the misery equally.
In the not-too-distant past, the people resigned themselves to the idea that this is just how it is, and felt powerless to do anything about it. The Tea Party changed that perception, and people are now awake and engaged, willing to do something about it.
A politicians worst nightmare.
North Dakota Considers Eliminating Property Tax
BISMARCK, N.D. — Since Californians shrank their property taxes more than three decades ago by passing Proposition 13, people around the nation have echoed their dismay over such levies, putting forth plans to even them, simplify them, cap them, slash them. In an election here on Tuesday, residents of North Dakota will consider a measure that reaches far beyond any of that — one that abolishes the property tax entirely.
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