Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Freedom isn't free

When justifying the costs in dollars and lives of the war in Iraq, conservatives like to argue that Freedom Isn't Free.

The same conservatives continually demonize taxes of any sort. Yesterday in California, for example. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger fearlessly argued that the state should not try to raise money by increasing residential property taxes — even though no one has proposed doing so. The San Francisco Chronicle quotes him as saying
They want to back us into a corner so eventually they can force us to raise taxes.
What is damaging about the conservative success in demonizing taxes is that people have come to believe that Freedom is Free. Democrats should take advantage of this misunderstanding (and the popularity of the Freedom Isn't Free slogan) to point out how dishonest most anti-tax Republicans are.

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