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Letter: All of us will pay for any DFL-crafted tax increases

The front-page news on your April 1 edition didn't surprise me a bit, but your editorial response was a bit of a surprise. I write, of course, about "Tax hike Ok'd."...

The front-page news on your April 1 edition didn't surprise me a bit, but your editorial response was a bit of a surprise. I write, of course, about "Tax hike Ok'd."

We have all known since early November that the tax hike was coming so that is hardly news. The amount of tax increase and method of raising it are news, but again, no surprise. My surprise is that the Pioneer editorial board named the tax increase "outrageous." I might call it something much more profane than that, but you people? That is surprising!

However, a much more important point is that this tax money, no matter the amount or method of raising it, is not going to come from just the wealthy. We are all going to pay it. May I tell you why?

First, anyone who earns the kind of money targeted for the tax increase is probably providing a service or a product that the rest of us want or need and are willing to pay for. So, second, since these people are usually not all completely stupid, they will increase their prices to cover their increased expense. Not many will just reach deeper in their own pockets. We, the ordinary citizens, will pay the freight. We always have, we always will.

That is something the politicians will not tell you. The Democrats just flat lie and the Republicans lie by not telling the whole truth.

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In reading a bit more in your April 1 edition, I found the Democrats don't all quite know what they are up to. Senate Democrats estimate that some 93,000 people at incomes above $141,250 would be affected, while Brita Sailer, on the other hand, thinks that only about 28,000 people earning more than $226,000 will be hit. That's quite a difference; I hope they get it straightened out.

By the way, I have a suggestion for our neighbors at Red Lake. When they get around to making Brita an honorary member of their nation, (I don't believe that they've done this yet.) I would like to suggest that her Anishinabe name should be Zhooniya-equay. Or, however, the Anishinabe say in their language- "Woman who brings the money." I am not much of a linguist.

Clint Lydick

Bemidji

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