November Election Ballot Questions 2010

There are three proposed Amendments on the ballot this November, 2010,  in addition to the important Congressional and Council Elections. Changes to our constitution should not be taken lightly, as once ratified, they are very difficult to rescind.

You can read all three at the State Board of Elections Website In brief, The first allows localities to exempt property owned by senior citizens meeting locally determined financial hardship conditions from property tax, the second grants a statewide property tax exemption to certain disabled veterans, and the third increases the maximum size of the State’s Rainy Day Fund.

The Tidewater Libertarian Party takes no position on the increase in the Rainy Day Fund, but regardless of the worthiness of the beneficiaries, we must, in principle, strongly oppose the property tax exemptions. Over 250 years ago, Alexis de Tocqueville warned that “A democratic government is the only one in which those who vote for a tax can escape the obligation to pay it.” and that this imperils the Republic.  Voters who are not affected by a tax have no incentive to rein in government spending funded by that tax. For that reason, no one should be exempted from a tax,  and even if a tax is made progressive, everyone should pay something.

If we decide that disabled veterans are not adequately compensated, or that retirees who fall on hard times need assistance, the proper remedy is a direct stipend and not manipulation of the tax code.  In the interests of good government policy, these exemptions from property tax should be defeated.

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6 Responses to November Election Ballot Questions 2010

  1. Robert Weinstein says:

    I would suggest that a better and more positive response would be that we cannot support consistent with our principles as liber…

  2. Sir Winston says:

    To grant this exemption for 100% service connected permanent and total Veterans is great. But it is a very small population. Only 7500 in the state and probably only 4000 own homes. So a very small population. If Virginia really wanted to do something, open the exemption to Veterans disabled 50% or more. Why not support this disadvantaged group that has sacrificed so much to protect our liberties?

    • Don Tabor says:

      Its not a question of whether disabled veterans should be properly compensated for their sacrifice, it is whether distorting the tax code is the proper way to do it.

      People exempted from a tax have no incentive to vote for careful government spending of those tax funds.

  3. Robert Lawson says:

    Is anyone else worried that all these exemptions and “special privileges” we’re giving to the military are only increasing the gulf between the military and civilian worlds?
    It seems to me that we are making the military into a seperate class that is being set above the rest of the citizenry. Personally, I see that as a dangerous precedent.

  4. Randall says:

    I’m a SC100% disabled Vet and I enjoy the property tax exemption in the state of Florida, I live in Fl. because with a bullet lodged in my lower back and the other injuries of being shat a total of 4 times I find that the climate here is the best in the nation for how my body that I must live in feels, here in Fl. we are talking typically 5 to 6K in property taxes, also an additional 2K in HOA’s, and of course several other subsidies fire dept. etc. collected through the county tax office.. Quite frankly I couldn’t afford to live in this state if not for the tax break provided to me as a disabled vet.. personally I feel I should be able to live anywhere in this country I choose and taxes shouldn’t be a concern or a matter to even have to consider when deciding where I want to live in this nation..
    I have a hard time with Libertarian’s as I find their views in regards to disabled veterans like myself to be absurd. I would even say that I am a man without a political party altogether, leaning towards the independents.. regardless, I think people need to take what many of us disabled vet’s have endured and sacrificed for this nation, many lose sight of the fact that we get injured, disabled, sacrifice years off of our lives in many cases and often times have to become involved in dirty work we don’t really believe in.. good day Gentlemen

    • Rich Roberts says:

      Randall, Thank you for your service and sacrafice.

      We do not oppose fairly compensating veterans who have become disabled due to their service, just that the tax code is not the place to make that compensation.

      If disabled veterans are not recieving enough compensation to live on, that needs to be addressed with the VA and I would fully support increasing such compensation. The US owes that to you.

      The problem with providing this compensation by making tax exemptions, it desenitizes groups of people to taxes and gives them less skin in the game when it comes to elections which is not good for us as a free society.

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