"The Sky is Falling ... We Can't Afford a Tax Cut!"
Chronology of the Gimme Lobby Scare Campaign

The Gimme Lobby has taken its hand out of the taxpayers' pocket long enough to point to the sky and shriek that it's falling! Like a slick magician doing sleight-of-hand, they hope to distract voters' attention long enough to pull off their trick undetected.

We are not going to allow that deception to happen.

AFL-CIO union boss and tax rollback opponent Robert Haynes has falsely charged:

"The working men and women of Massachusetts will go to great lengths to spread the message about this irresponsible proposal cleverly disguised as a "tax cutting" measure.

Keeping a promise made eleven years ago that the state income tax increase would be only "temporary" -- a promise made during the Dukakis administration's fiscal crisis, long before recent years of record state revenue surpluses -- cannot be legitimately construed as an "irresponsible proposal." It is a genuine test of integrity, a trait generally lacking among the selfish Gimme Lobby and absent in union bosses.

By any stretch, our ballot question certainly is not "cleverly disguised" nor is it a tax "cutting" measure. It proposes to merely keep an eleven-year old promise, to roll back -- not cut -- the income tax rate.

We propose to keep the politicians' promise they have since refused to honor:   To roll the rate back to its historic level before billions of dollars from over-taxation provided record state revenue "surpluses" and spending increases.

It will halt the politicians's unconscionable and irresistable over-spending that has doubled the state budget in just the last dozen years, from $10 Billion to its current $21 Billion. (It took 207 years for the commonwealth to reach its first $10 Billion budget, but only another dozen to double it ... and it's still growing!)

It will end the billions of taxpayer dollars from piling up higher in the state's savings accounts and "rainy day" slush funds and allow the rightful owners of these huge tax over-payments -- the income earners -- to save it for themselves and their families.

Fear, lies and unmitigated greed are the only weapons available to the Gimme Lobby. Integrity, honor, generousity, truth and justice are on the side of the beleaguered taxpayers.

Taxpayers seek only what was promised them and ever since denied.

Taxpayers seek to restore the tax rate to its level before they generously allowed themselves to be further taxed "temporarily" -- allegedly just long enough to bail Beacon Hill out of its fiscal mismanagement.

We do not seek a tax cut.

We seek the promised tax rollback of eleven years ago when the increase was sold to us as "only temporary."

And so the campaign of fear, lies and greed has been launched.

It is all the desperate Gimme Lobby has available.

Fear, lies ... and unmitigated greed.

"The Sky is Falling!"
The Gimme Lobby Campaign of Fear, Lies and Unmitigated Greed

Jun 25, 2000 "Teacher Shortage Crisis" Ahead!
Jun 24, 2000 Taxpayer IQ Test
May 23, 2000 A "Nonpartisan" Report, My Assets!
May 15, 2000 TEAM's Campaign of Fear, Lies and Unmitigated Greed Runs Into Our Wall of Truth!
Apr 19, 2000 TEAM (Tax Everything And More) News Release: "Time to Pull the Plug on Tax Cut - Cellucci-Swift Out of Touch with State's Priorities"
Feb 08, 2000 "I don't think people go to the Registry expecting to get a free license."
Feb 04, 2000 "There would have to be significant cuts in services if the governor's plan is approved."
Feb 03, 2000 "I think the citizens of the commonwealth are wise enough to look at the figures and understand that a sizable tax reduction at this time ... just doesn't add up."

Feb 02, 2000

Gimme Lobby's "The Sky Is Falling!" Campaign of Fear is Launched
Jan 18, 2000 "You obviously can't spend an unlimited amount and have unlimited tax cuts,"
Jan 15, 2000 "We see a difficult time ahead even without the ballot questions"
Jan 14, 2000 "To turn our backs on the needy and to ignore crumbling bridges and roads is a reckless mortgaging of our future."
Dec 28, 1999 State Awash with $$ ... but "Still Not Enough!"