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Hiking taxes even more will lead us to disaster

LEON NEYFAKH suggests that if only the IRS marketed itself better, then people would feel better about the government’s annual confiscation of their earnings, and maybe even be eager to pay more taxes (“Taxes, a love story,” Ideas, April 7).

But if we follow our current path we will end up like low-growth socialist Europe, where their youth have no jobs and their governments will be unable to pay all of the promised health care and retiree benefits.

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Instead, we could return to our lower, flatter-tax, higher-growth-rate American roots and let our people be free to earn more and take more risk.

As one of those exhausted people who have lived a life of long nights of extra study, and longer days of hard work growing a business, I plan on leaving this state if the Legislature pushes through Governor Patrick’s latest tax increase because I know it won’t be the last. I’ll go to a state that allows me to keep more of what I have worked so hard for.

Dale Hobbs


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