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Unformatted text preview: Chicago officials, for example, contended that “it would have been impossible for the City to have both kept the parking-meter system and raised the rates to the same extent as the lease, because there was not sufficient political will to do so . . . .”121 The Chicago Inspector General found these claims to be untrue in the case of privatizing Chicago’s parking meters;122 however, a study of Kansas policymakers concluded that the public is unlikely to support tolls to the extent it sees tolls as taxes.123 73 Although opinion on the issue of the public’s acceptance of raising taxes is mixed, the public has loudly opposed increased tolls and fees. That opposition does not mean the public approves of public subsidies to privatize infrastructure. Rather, that acceptance is more likely the result of the public’s lack of information. In any case, fear of citizen resistance to and retaliation for raising taxes is an important factor in decisions to privatize infrastructure.124 “Given that the option of raising taxes to fund an increasing number of transportation projects remains politically radioactive, policymakers continue to pursue a range of alternate funding mechanisms and P3s are a critical trend here.”125 5|Page Taxes Bad DA Affirmative BDL Tax Increases Good for the Economy – Budget Deficits [_____] Taxes key to address debt problem Michael Linden, Director for Tax and Budget Policy at American Progress, 2012 (Seth Hanlon, Director of Fiscal Reform for CAP's Doing What Works project, and Jordan Eizenga is a Policy Analyst with the Economic Policy team at American Progress., Ten Charts that Prove the United States Is a Low-Tax Country, June 10, 2011 http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2011/06/low_tax.html) The United States is a low-tax country. That’s true for individuals and for corporations, and it’s true whether you compare us to other countries or the America of the past. No matter how you slice it the conclusion is the same. Conservatives like to claim that our budget deficits are purely a “spending problem.” Said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY): “We don’t have this problem because we tax too little. We have it because we spent too much.” It’s a popular talking point, but it simply isn’t true. Deficits do not stem from spending levels alone. They are the product of a mismatch between spending and reven ue. And when revenue is as low as ours is, you end up with big deficits. Here are 10 charts demonstrating the simple, clear truth that federal taxes in the United States are very low. Recently, President Obama met with a group of House Republicans to discuss the federal budget and the national debt. During the course of that meeting, the president noted, correctly, that taxes today are even lower than they were under President Ronald Reagan. This fact was met with “a lot of ‘eye-rolling’” from the Republicans. They didn’t believe him. This anecdote suggests that perhaps the reason conservatives think we don’t have a revenue problem is because they don’t know the facts. Taxes today are lower than they were under President Reagan. They...
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