- Jackson man to cast electoral vote for Trump; others trying to dissuade him (11/29/16)51
- Man killed by vehicle had been charged with domestic assault (11/30/16)
- Former Cape council member dies, remembered as 'wonderful public servant' (11/29/16)1
- Post-election taunts reported at Jackson schools (12/2/16)25
- Woman accused in three robberies disguised herself as man (11/29/16)5
- Business notebook: New store shows faith in Scott City district (11/28/16)
- Burglary suspect apprehended inside Jackson garage (12/4/16)
- Missouri chamber to honor Cape's John Mehner (11/30/16)6
- Poplar Bluff man accused of enticement, child porn in Scott County sting operation (12/4/16)
- Men who pulled father, son from burning car near Naylor honored by highway patrol (12/1/16)
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.