Originally Posted by TexanBob
Hogan, as for the sales tax holiday, it is a nice idea but it could not be expanded into a year-round holiday. Texas has no state income tax. Property taxes are already to the breaking point. The state government already funds itself with gimmicks like a lottery and fees for all sorts of government services.
Like a lot of Libertarian ideas, it is simply impractical to insist on expanding the tax holiday concept. The only logical way to counteract the loss of the sales tax would be to institute a state income tax and it would be political suicide for any Texas politician to be in favor of it other than one from the far left. The cure would be worse than the ailment. We Texans DO get a tax holiday every day because we aren't paying a state income tax.
While the Libertarian Party does have some attractive ideas (and I certainly encourage any Democrats who want to vote for one to, by all means, do so), they seem to have one true calling in life and that is to legalize drugs. Give a Libertarian five minutes to speak and you are guaranteed to see them bring up drugs. Deep down, they just want to get stoned without needing to look over their shoulders for the police. It's why they can't generate more than 2% of the vote in most elections. They are a party with only one real goal.
I don't think that's a fair characterization of libertarians. The most common issue I hear libertarians of any note raise is repeal of the federal income tax. I agree with your points about the impracticality of a year-long sales tax holiday in Texas, but it isn't true that libertarians make drug legalization their ultimate issue.