I have a great deal of respect for Dr. David Bronner and I believe most folks in Alabama share my feelings. There is one thing for certain — Dr. Bronner is not afraid to let you know where he stands on important issues. That’s an unusual, but good trait, and something we need more of in government. Dr. Bronner wrote the following article recently and it is both timely and right on target. I am including it in its entirety for our readers.
People across America want better schools and a better government. Some want Mandarin (Chinese) taught in the sixth grade or younger and smaller class sizes. Yet they do not talk about raising taxes to pay for what they advocate. Most everyone wants to “cut” spending, unless they will be affected. Our country has a serious problem, and it is not that difficult to understand.
Once we had a surplus, but you cannot conduct two wars without sacrifice. Instead of sacrifice, we cut taxes for the rich and expanded benefits like the Bush Medicare prescription drug benefit for seniors. For those who believe that Alabama is a high tax state; it is not. Quite the reverse is true. If Alabama only taxed its citizens at the same rate as Mississippi, we would have an additional $700-800 million a year! Alabama currently ranks 49th in percentage of earnings going to the government.
Our progress over the last 15 years has been outstanding. Wanting to destroy everything that we have worked so hard to improve, shows none of the great “Alabama Leadership” I have grown to love. When Governor Wallace told America decades ago that they were paying too much in taxes, he seemingly forgot to qualify his arguments for Alabamians. Our immediate future looks bleak and will be if we allow this to happen!
I totally agree with Dr. Bronner’s assessment of the situation facing our nation and he also is 100% correct on Alabama’s plight. The Republican leadership in the Alabama Legislature should find time to at least consider Dr. Bronner’s opinions. Hopefully, he has been involved by the Governor’s office in helping to find long-range solutions to our state’s financial problems. Without any doubt, it’s time to make the tough decisions required when times are desperate. In my opinion, refusing to recognize that more revenues are needed, which is politically unpopular, will prove to be a big mistake.
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