A few simple debate questions for Louisiana’s gubernatorial candidates

By Robert Mann

I propose some simple debate questions for the candidates for Louisiana governor:

Do you support a revenue system that taxes the poor at twice the rate of the rich? If so, why? If not, what will you do about it?

Data from Institute on Taxation & Economic Policy, Jan. 2015

Data from Institute on Taxation & Economic Policy, Jan. 2015

Data from Institute on Taxation & Economic Policy, Jan. 2015

Data from Institute on Taxation & Economic Policy, Jan. 2015

Data from Institute on Taxation & Economic Policy, Jan. 2015

Data from Institute on Taxation & Economic Policy, Jan. 2015

Data from Institute on Taxation & Economic Policy, Jan. 2015

Data from Institute on Taxation & Economic Policy, Jan. 2015

For more details see the report, “Who Pays: A Distributional Analysis of the Tax Systems in All 50 States,” by the Institute on Taxation & Economic Policy, Jan. 2015.

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6 Responses to A few simple debate questions for Louisiana’s gubernatorial candidates

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  2. Stephen Winham says:

    It would certainly be refreshing to get honest answers, but….

    Likely answers from candidates who believe they know what most citizens and, more importantly, their major campaign donors want to hear:

    Do you support a revenue system that taxes the poor at twice the rate of the rich?

    Candidate Answer: Certainly not and we do not have such a system. I have reviewed the data that make this argument and I find it seriously flawed. We have many tax breaks and social programs for the poor and using the data the way you have presented it does not reflect the total picture. As a matter of fact, it presents the reverse of reality. The poor receive much more in government services than they pay in taxes.

    If so, why?

    Candidate Answer: As I said before, I do not believe the tax burden falls disproportionately on the poor. As a matter of fact, the income producers of this state and country pay too much in taxes already so I certainly can’t cripple them with more.

    If not, what will you do about it?

    Candidate Answer: I will reduce taxes for the wealthy so they can provide more jobs for the poor.

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  3. Simple is relative to the cleverness of deceit. Maybe we should stop asking clever politicians pointed rhetorical questions and just start making better decisions at the polls.

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    • Stephen Winham says:

      Whether the questions are rhetorical or not, the answers can be relied upon to be. You are 100% correct about making better decisions at the polls, but if we get the same tired answers from all the people running for an office, what are we to do? We have to also try to hold those already in office accountable at all times, not just election time.

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  4. coopy says:

    Excellent data presentation!

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