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Washington State’s Temporary Tax Hike

The article “Washington governor pushes temporary sales tax increase to prevent school cuts, other problems” raises the issue of the possible temporary tax rise suggested by Washington Governor. The article conveys in details the essence of the debate. On the one hand the, governor insists on temporary tax rise. The purpose of the tax rise is to maintain public schools and to prevent numerous social problems. However, the opposition suggests school cuts and other savings instead of tax rise. As a result, the debate on the suggested temporary tax hike persists and the author of the article concludes that legislators are going to take a decision later that is a logical conclusion because the author implies that the debate discussed in the article will be over after the legislators meet and take a decision. In such a way, the conclusion is logical and reasonable.

At the same time, the argument depicted in the article contains some hidden assumptions. To put it more precisely, the debate over the tax rise implies two different policies in relation to the involvement of the state budget in funding social services, education and other important issues, while, on the other hand, the refusal from the tax rise implies possible cuts in social services, education, law enforcement and other issues. In addition, the temporary tax rise may last for long and the state may just attempt to find a pretext to raise taxes.

Basically, the article does not contain any fallacies in reasoning or ambiguous or slanting words that incite prejudice. In such a way, the article conveys the information objectively and logically correct. The audience can perceive the information easily and objectively.

However, the important information concerning specifications of the suggested tax rise is omitted. To put it more precisely, the author of the article do not precise, who suffers the most from the tax rise. The proposed tax rise refers to sales taxes that means that average customers will suffer. This means that the article does not specify who exactly is going to pay new taxes. On the other hand, the article implies that the rise of sales taxes will make all citizens pay the tax directly or indirectly because sales taxes rise will lead to increase of prices for sellers to cover their higher taxes. Therefore, it is possible to presuppose that all citizens will pay this tax in a way, unless they stop buying. On the other hand, it is obvious that the tax will affect people with different level of income and spending in different ways. If people spend more, they buy more. Therefore, they will be more vulnerable to the possible rise of sales taxes. On the contrary, if people spend less, they buy less. Therefore, these people will be less vulnerable to the impact of the tax hike. However, this trend depends on whether the price will rise substantially or not because, the substantial rise of prices will affect the poor the most because they will be just unable to afford many products.

In this regard, the author of the article prefers to avoid these contradictory issues to discuss.

 

References:

Russell, G. (2010). Rhetoric. New York: Random House.
“Washington governor pushes temporary sales tax increase to prevent school cuts, other problems,” (2011). Associated Press. Retrieved on November 30, 2011 from http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2011/11/washington_governor_pushes_tem.html