When asked if the burden of taxation unfairly targets the poor last night, he said "No."
This is not new. In 2008 when the Alabama legislature was considering removing sales tax from groceries, Bentley defended Alabama's regressive taxes.
"They (the people of Alabama) have a right to pay the taxes they will pay."
That is his explanation?
Alabama boasts the lowest taxes in the nation.
Trouble is, the poor shoulder the burden.
The 1901 Alabama Constitution was written with that in mind, and no one has been willing to do anything about it in the 109 years since. What this means is that people don't care. Or not enough people.
If they cared, something would have been done. But the Robert Bentley's of the state enjoy low taxation, heck I think Ron Sparks pointed out that Bentley himself only paid $4000 in income tax on an income of $200,000 of income. Sparks paid almost $12,000 on an income of $79,000.
Bentley was also trying to scare people into voting for him, claiming that under Health Care Reform there would be no physicians in the state in 10 years. What a crock. Sparks pointed out that Bentley, like so many others, has not read the bill, and its obvious. Here's a challenge. Before voting for Bentley because he says he will fight the federal government, based on the 10th amendment and that tired old state's rights (Jim Crow, Slavery) argument, read the bill. Educate yourselves about it. And quit telling, and believing, lies.
Here's the deal in a broader sense about teabaggers like Bentley. They cannot tell the truth. They make stuff up, like Bentley's comment about healthcare. Take teabggin' darlin' Christine O'Donnell, winner of the Delaware GOP primary, on stem-cell research.
"They are -- they are doing that here in the United States. American scientific
companies are cross-breeding humans and animals and coming up with mice with
fully functioning human brains. So they're already into this experiment."
Actually she may have something there.
Florence and the Machine: Dog Days are Over.