- Three out, including city administrator, at Scott City; two resigned, one fired (3/16/17)1
- Business notebook: Cape native goes from farm to mobile-food operation (3/20/17)1
- Police: Man beats pregnant wife, throws her down stairs, abandons her on side of road (3/14/17)17
- Several tournaments already booked at Sportsplex (3/16/17)6
- Cairo man pleads guilty to bank murders (3/17/17)1
- Former Scott City administrator: 'I was forced to resign' (3/21/17)6
- Two people found dead in Advance house fire (3/21/17)
- Two local lawmakers back charter school bill; Perryville lawmaker objects to measure (3/19/17)19
- Two Cape men charged with second-degree murder of Grandi (3/21/17)2
- Cape's 24-hour endurance run keeps growing; some will run more than 100 miles beginning Friday night (3/15/17)1
More efficiency in government is best stimulus
To the editor:
I am having a problem understanding the practice of stimulating the economy by income-tax reduction. I can understand that we pay too much tax, but we are operating on a deficit economy. That means money not collected through taxes ends up as an increase in the national deficit. Since the wealthy pay most of the taxes, dollarwise the wealthy end up with the major part of the reduction. Now the investment pool (government bonds) increases by the amount of reduction in taxes plus interest. This, I feel, negates any expected stimulus.
Bottom line: It appears to me that we are swapping interest-bearing government bonds as a refund for taxes. I think the only thing that can stimulate the economy is to improve efficiency in government and industry so that more money is available for expansion.