Yesterday, Ninth District Congressional candidate Judy Baker and her spokesman responded to a flurry of ads regarding tax policy. Both Baker and her opponent, Blaine Luetkemeyer, have concentrated on tax policy both in ads and on the trail.
The Source has to admit that the Baker’s team response has us very confused. We thought we understood the basics of U.S. tax policy, but Baker now has us wondering.
For instance, according to Baker’s spokesman Paul Tencher, where you live determines how much taxes you will pay. Tencher says Baker is “in favor of tax cuts for people here in Missouri.” If that means she is proposing that people outside Missouri, and her district, should pay more, well that is a novel campaign ploy.
Tencher goes on to imply that certain professions should pay more. “She supports…Wall Street…to pay their fair share.” We have looked but can’t find anywhere in the tax code that says it is okay to tax investors more than any other profession.
Finally, Tencher suggests that people in the district are less well off than other areas by saying that “She supports making sure that folks who don’t live in this district pay their fair share so that our economy is balanced.” Skipping over the suggestion, again, that congressional districts pay different taxes, how exactly does having people outside the ninth pay more in taxes balance the economy?
The Source has to question why Tencher is so wrong. Perhaps he is afraid of reporters and buckled under the pressure of tough questions. Or, perhaps he is just too stupid to understand tax policy. Either way, he sure made his boss look bad.