Taxes

Dave has never voted for a tax increase, as a School Board Member or as a Legislator. He has cut budgets in the past and is a long-time supporter of the Fair Tax.

The state of Georgia has one of the lowest levels of per capita taxation of any of the 50 states. That's the proud result of over 15 years of work by Dave and other Republican state officials. Dave intends to keep it that way.

Why do low taxes matter? Consider:

"Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances that permit this norm to be exceeded—here and there, now and then—are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or is driven out of society, the people slip back into poverty.”

- Robert Heinlein

Wealth isn’t a collection of goods in a warehouse. Production can’t be accomplished by people who don’t want to be productive. Wealth and production are the intellectual enterprise of individuals who have a good idea and are brave enough to risk their money and their efforts in pursuing that idea.

Marxists and Communists and Socialists and all the other forces of envy think they can capture the fruits of industry though brute force; either militarily or through elections. But research and development are never more than a few years from stagnation, and prosperity requires that new entrepreneurs come along to constantly improve upon the past. Every historical attempt that Socialists have made to redistribute wealth has ended in disaster. Ironically, it’s the poor, not the rich, who always suffer the most.

The rich did not become rich by being stupid. There are, of course, famous examples of wealthy people who do squander their wealth. But by and large, the rich are wealthy enough to hire people to protect their assets. When faced with abusive taxes, the rich simply move their money (and sometimes themselves) to some place else…where there aren’t such burdensome taxes.

Poor people can’t do that. They are usually tied to a particular location. Worse, when rich investors stop making investments, the poor lose their jobs. Those in the middle class trying to become wealthy also suffer from these higher tax rates, stifling their progress and their ability to create small business jobs.

In America (and Europe to a lesser extent), the poor can become educated and work their way into the middle or even upper class. But the jobs they aspire to on their way to prosperity (unless they start a small business of their own) are normally offered by the rich. It is a harsh but true reality that a poor man never offers anyone a job.

Abraham Lincoln summarized this phenomenon with these eloquent words…

"You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.”

Dave believes that low taxes are the primary reason Georgia has been ranked the #1 Place to Do Business In for 6 years in a row. He also credits Governor Deal’s historic rise in the movie-making - from a $40M a year enterprise in Georgia to over $10B a year - to our low taxes. Dave has never voted for a tax increase and has actively fought against many attempts. Due - in part - to Dave’s leadership as a School Board member, Morgan County BOE went back to the Roll-Back rate every year he served.


State Rep. Dave Belton | District 112
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