Georgia Republicans are taking a serious risk, one that may threaten our national security. Considering how overextended our military is now, keeping the world safe for autocracy, we may well need to put the Girl Scouts into the battle lines. To keep their goodwill, Republicans should not be trying to tax their cookies.
Like many states, Georgia is facing a budget shortfall. To address the problem, the legislature is considering a bill that would expand the tax base by doing things like reinstating a sales tax on food and raising the tax on gasoline.
Many Georgians would be adversely affected by the tax hikes on basic commodities, including the Girl Scouts, who are worried about the “significant financial impact” the bill would have on the revenue they raise through cookie sales, which would now be subject to sales tax. Over the weekend, Marilyn Midyette, the CEO of Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, sent an email to supporters warning them that the new tax on their cookies “would take money away from Girl Scout programs“:
This significant financial impact would take money away from Girl Scout programs, camp support, financial aid and proceeds from the sale that support troop activities and community service projects.
…[P]lease contact your State House Representative and State Senator TODAY and express your concern in a courteous, Scout-like manner about our Scouts being taxed. Please reference House Bill 385. Sample letters have been provided on the left to make it easy to copy and paste into your own email. There are sample letters for girls as well as for parents and volunteers.
But while Girl Scouts and anyone who buys groceries and gasoline is forced to sacrifice, domestic and foreign corporations in Geogia are being lavished with a tax break. The same bill [PDF] that raises taxes on Girl Scouts Cookies lowers tax rates on corporate income, from 6 percent this year to just 4 percent in 2014… [emphasis original]
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Seriously, what Republicans are doing in Georgia is the same thing Republicans are doing everywhere else. They are creating deficits by giving tax cuts to the rich and criminal corporations, while taking the money to pay for the tax cuts from those who can least afford it. Ed Schultz discusses the issue with representatives of the Girl Scouts.
You know, Republicans are just like Robin Hood, but bass-ackwards!