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Group against taxes seeks pledges from candidates

July 22, 2008

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— The anti-tax group Americans for Prosperity on Monday called on political candidates to sign a pledge stating they would not increase taxes to deal with climate change.

"We hope future Kansas lawmakers will put taxpayers above any feel-good environmental legislation that will wreak havoc on our economy," said Alan Cobb, state director of AFP's Kansas chapter.

The group said it started contacting candidates at the federal, state and local levels, asking them to oppose taxes on carbon emissions and similar policies.

A candidate who signs the "No Climate Tax and Local Pledge" vows "to the taxpayers of the state of Kansas that I will oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in state or local government revenue."

Cobb stated: "Many Kansans have concerns about the environment, but politicians should not play on those fears by using environmental policy as a means of pulling even more tax dollars from Kansas families to fund unrelated spending increases."

The issue of climate change has been front and center in Kansas.

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has blocked construction of two 700-megawatt coal-fired plants in southwestern Kansas because of concerns about carbon dioxide emissions and its effect on global warming.

Hays-based Sunflower Electric Power Corp. and its Colorado partner are trying to overturn Sebelius' decision in court.

Meanwhile, both presidential candidates - Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain - agree that climate change must be confronted.

And both say they back a cap-and-trade system that would set limits on greenhouse gas emissions.

Comments

staff04 5 years, 8 months ago

"At no point does AHP claim to be "anti-tax.""One needn't claim to be something in order for it to be true.I have had enough interaction with AFP to know that there is not a tax they do not oppose. Frankly, the only government function I have ever seen them support is the function of ensuring that profits are privatized and losses are socialized...that's prosperity for you.

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Centerville 5 years, 8 months ago

Autie,Don't buy into that "Feed the Poor Government First" stuff. It could make out like more of a bandit if our weasly politicians would cut tax rates. People do more of anything when they have a chance to waste less of it on taxes. AFP gets every ounce of credit for keeping this state above water. If the legislature had passed any of the taxes that Subilius wanted, your favorite programs would be screwed for lack of revenue. As it turned out, they're all sitting on velvet.

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beatrice 5 years, 8 months ago

Like George H.W. Bush said, "Read my lips -- Know new taxes."We just thought he was spelling it "no."

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Godot 5 years, 8 months ago

How did we get to a place where being against waste and fraud and excessive taxation by the government is a bad thing? In today's political climate, Al Gore and his crusade to reduce wasteful spending practices with the "Hammer" award would be called hateful by some on this forum.

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autie 5 years, 8 months ago

So given the current economic climate and the fact that the cost of everything is going up, how does government keep pace? How do they put fuel in KHP cars? How do they retain employees? How does any of the basic services provided and expected get paid for if they don't increase revenue when said cost skyrocket? HUH? By reducing taxes? I don't think so.

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SettingTheRecordStraight 5 years, 8 months ago

Rothschild's statement that AHP is "anti-tax" cannot be substantiated. In fact, use of "anti-tax" reflects Rothschild's personal feelings about AHP; it does not mirror any terminology used by AHP.Again, AFP's mission and vision are clear. They seek to reduce, not eliminate, taxes. They seek to reduce, not eliminate, government spending. And they seek to educate tax payers about government waste, fraud, excess and over-regulation. At no point does AHP claim to be "anti-tax." Those who claim they do allow personal bias to influence their choice of terms.

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staff04 5 years, 8 months ago

You are the one who said that AFP is not anti-tax...repeating their slogans doesn't exactly back up your claim.

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SettingTheRecordStraight 5 years, 8 months ago

I can't prove a negative. No one can. You're asking the impossible.

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macon47 5 years, 8 months ago

lawrence, and the state of kansas is no different than the usa.we dont have enough people workingand paying taxes and too manythat have figured out how to geteveryone elses tax money for thierown follies with out having to work

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staff04 5 years, 8 months ago

Again, STRS, point to a single tax that AFP does not oppose as "wasteful," and I will accept your assertion that AFP is not anti-tax.

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SettingTheRecordStraight 5 years, 8 months ago

staff04,AFP's mission and vision are clear. They seek to reduce, not eliminate, taxes. They seek to reduce, not eliminate, government spending. And they seek to educate tax payers about government waste, fraud, excess and over-regulation. You should join AFP.

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SettingTheRecordStraight 5 years, 8 months ago

autie,What Cobb is saying is that government can increase taxes under the auspices of funding one wasteful spending program and then divert those tax dollars to fund other wasteful spending programs.

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autie 5 years, 8 months ago

...."should not play on those fears by using environmental policy as a means as a means of pulling even more tax dollars from Kansas families to fund unrelated spending increases."So is he saying it is OK to use tax dollars to fund related spending increases? Talk about feel good-isms. Alan Cobb is a moron and nothing more than a puppet of the Koch empire.

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staff04 5 years, 8 months ago

STRS, show me a tax that AFP does NOT oppose, and I'll buy your spin...until then, they are anti-tax.

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SettingTheRecordStraight 5 years, 8 months ago

Americans for Prosperity is not "anti-tax." AFP is against wasteful government spending and unresasonable tax rates which fund a bloated, inefficient government. To call AFP "anti-tax" reveals intellectual dishonesty or ignorance.

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