Today, I spoke with members of the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation (an insurance agency), giving me an opportunity to state my position on an issue that has been somewhat overlooked by members of both parties.
of the more significant dangers to
I don’t believe in a right to accrue vast fortunes that one did not earn. But I do support an estate tax exemption for small farmers; they are part of an important American tradition that is being endangered, in no small part as a result of the mismanagement of this tax. These people are not necessarily rich in any real sense; they are only nominally rich in land, which they cannot sell without changing their very way of life.
The government shouldn’t be afraid to levy a good tax, but we do need tax reform; too many taxes are going to those who cannot afford it, as a result of oversight concerning real conditions on the ground. The burden of taxation should not be only on the poor and middle classes, and this reform of the estate tax would go a long way towards achieving that goal.
On another note, Kevin Richert recently branded Mike Simpson the
'Teflon congressman’, pointing out that he votes with Bill Sali much more often
than he votes against him, but gets none of the flak. I need your help to
ensure that Mike Simpson has to explain his votes to his constituents. I may be a
newcomer, but I will always vote my conscience, and will be better for