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The recent advisory votes to repeal all of the taxes passed by the Legislature reveals that democracy is “me oriented.”

I would add that democracy is also “present oriented” and cares little about the future. The approaching crisis in Social Security clearly illustrates this assertion.

The $30 license tab measure produced a big tax break for the wealthy who could afford luxury cars and high tab costs. But, because implementing it meant a modest savings for the average citizen, it enjoyed popular support. Interestingly, many of those who voted for the license tax savings complain about the poor condition of our streets and highways and are livid if a gasoline tax increase is proposed.

Maybe this explains why democracies seem to always fail after a couple of centuries. People find they can vote away taxes and at the same time vote in benefits for themselves and others. They seem to have little regard for the consequences. The national debt will soon be too huge to maintain. What then?

Dan Myers

Kelso

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