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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Whose ox do you propose to gore?

Letter to the Editor

The subject of taxes and the silly season (better known as the primary election season) is upon us. With it comes a politician’s fiercest wish that voters forget the past promises made, forget how to reject this seasonal barrage of half-truths and, most of all, forget how each new promise has a new unspoken cost.

With the fervently chanted promise to reduce taxes, it seems the politicians forgot to tell us whose ox is going to be gored. ...

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The subject of taxes and the silly season (better known as the primary election season) is upon us. With it comes a politician’s fiercest wish that voters forget the past promises made, forget how to reject this seasonal barrage of half-truths and, most of all, forget how each new promise has a new unspoken cost.

With the fervently chanted promise to reduce taxes, it seems the politicians forgot to tell us whose ox is going to be gored.

Will it be highway funds – and poor roads upon which we are forced drive? Will it be bridge repair funds – so we can take a chance on safely crossing over?

Will it be farm subsidies – and risk of increased food costs? Will it be the defense budget – and reduced contract dollars at BAE?

A good politician will avoid answering the question, but a well-informed, inquiring, and persistent voter will continue to ask: Whose ox is going to be gored.

Remember, taxes make government programs happen. If you want lower taxes, be sure to express what government program you want reduced. And, of course, as an upstanding citizen, you will make sure the program you pick is one that will reduce your benefit, otherwise you are just part of the silly season.

Arnold Canner

Nashua