BrandonDutcher, 9/ 3/2011 - 11:00am "Actually, there's no disconnect at all.
The newest SoonerPoll finds that Oklahomans want to get rid of the state income tax and replace it with -- um, how to put this? -- nothing. [http://soonerpoll.com/poll-finds-voters-prefer-to-phase-out-the-income-tax-without-raising-other-taxes/]
Why would Oklahomans be okay with getting rid of the state's largest revenue source? Again, SoonerPoll sheds some light: "Which of the following statements do you agree with more? 'I'd rather pay higher taxes to support a larger state government that provides more services,' or 'I'd rather pay lower taxes and have a smaller state government that provides fewer services.'" A full 59 percent want lower taxes and smaller government, while 28 percent go the other way.
The unpleasant truth is this: Government spending in Oklahoma is currently at an all-time high. [http://www.ocpathink.org/articles/982] People want lower taxes AND less government. No disconnect.
Mr. Hamilton is a good writer and I'm sure he's a fine gent, but I don't think he grasps that his views and the views of his Observer readership represent but a small fraction of Oklahoma voters."
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