We all know that Republicans hate taxes. Ask any of them what they hate the most, and coming in a close second after “Satan” will probably be “taxes.” Now, an Alabama Republican has come up with a novel way to avoid a tax increase — a GoFundMe campaign.
State Senator Paul Sanford started the GoFundMe campaign after the Alabama legislature rejected Republican Governor Robert Bentley’s request for $302 million in additional taxes, according to tv station WSFA. Instead of granting the governor’s request, the GOP controlled legislature cut almost $200 million from state agencies, setting up a Republican vs. Republican battle over the issue. Bentley has said that he won’t give in.
On the GoFundMe page, Sanford says,
The State of Alabama is experiencing tight financial times and needs your help. Legislators are debating possible financial solutions but are finding that Raising Taxes are not wanted by the citizens of Alabama. Rather than have the Government come after your hard earned money you can now send an amount that fits your budget, even request where your money be used.You can determine what functions of Government are a priority to you.
Sanford’s idea has been, shall we say, somewhat less than popular. AL.com, that broke this story on August 10, took a screenshot showing that Sanford’s campaign had raised all of $40 as of that evening. As of this writing, on the morning of August 11, the campaign is now up to $598, from a total of 38 contributors. The campaign is likely going to struggle to raise $3,000, let alone $300 million.
The most interesting thing about the GoFundMe page by far are the comments. Some people who donated seem genuinely interested in helping the state. There is even a contribution from a “friendly Canadian,” and another $5 came with a note that reads “Greetings from Iran.” One $5 contributor, Rusty Shackleford, advised Sanford to take his money and use it for cab fare to go to the library and check out a book on economics.
But the more insightful comments come from others, who did not donate. Several people say that Alabama could solve its problems by voting in Democrats.
This commenter suggested raising property taxes, and made a plea to the state to not cut services.Another had some choice words about mixing religion and politics.
There were several who suggested that Alabama look to Colorado for ideas.
This guy says that the GOP is wrecking Alabama, just like they are doing almost everywhere they are in control.
But this comment wins the day.
WSFA says that Sanford set up the page to make a point.
“Most people really do not want to pay more taxes,” Sanford said. “The few people that are touting raise taxes typically point towards a tax that they themselves do not pay, example cigarettes tax.”
He’s actually right. Nobody likes to pay taxes. But taxes are the “price of admission” for living in our society. If we want things, like good roads, good schools, clean air and water, safe streets, etc, we have to be willing to pay for them.
Since Sanford’s GoFundMe campaign appears to be less than successful, what will he do next, a bake sale?
Featured image via GoFundMe