Tuesday, March 09, 2010


I'm working on a pretty big (and no doubt insanely boring) post about the state of the US economy.

While I do that though... Has anyone else in Utah noticed this...

Our illustrious governor, Mr. Gary Herbert, former realtor and college drop out, is a man revered by the conservative types because of his uber-conservativeness. He's big on telling the federal government to butt out of the states business and maintaining local control.

But now, he's on TV promoting the Earned Income Tax Credit. The EIC is a federal program which helps offset payroll taxes for US Citizens with lower incomes. It's a credit, not a deduction, so if you qualify for it, by having minimal income and having paid minimal if any taxes, you can still get a sizable refund. It's saved my family's bacon in years past, and I really appreciated it at the time.

However, looking at the program... It's a federal program, so is not controlled by the state. It's also a form of socialism and redistribution of wealth.

So aside from the fact that people who receive the EIN in Utah, will likely spend it in Utah, thus resulting in more revenue for state government, it flies in the face of everything which the governor and his supporters claim to believe in.

I don't know about you, but I get a little sick of people preaching one thing, and then doing another.

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