Friday, December 4, 2009

Rebuttal To Kill The MAPS Tax's Top 10 List: No. 8

KMT states:

8. A “Temporary” Tax Needs to Expire.

From the KMT site: “If it doesn't expire, it is not temporary. When special interests speak of “keeping the momentum alive,” they really mean “let's not let the tax expire; we might not get it back.” The OKC Elite intend to keep extending the Maps Tax forever!”

First, let’s say it goes on for twenty years, or twenty-five, or fifty. The moment it’s repealed or not reauthorized, it was a “temporary” tax. Who cares, as long as the money accomplished its intended purpose?

Second, if someone really believes that, then why would the OKC Chamber and virtually every other business related concern in Oklahoma City be behind MAPS 3? Do you honestly think they don’t buy things in Oklahoma City? The last line is a classic logical fallacy (when is a fancy term for bull mess). The “OKC Elite” receive an ad hominem attack, and they’re the perpetrators of some vast conspiracy. Anyone who knows a little bit about taxes should understand that this alleged OKC Elite could save a lot of money through various strategies, including relocating somewhere else. They don’t for a reason. They believe in this city, and in its people. If you don’t believe that, you don’t know them. At all.