I want to argue for the importance of a position too often associated with political suicide. Given our country’s obligations and our previous fiscal flamboyance, we have no choice but to raise taxes. And these taxes will not exist simply to engorge Big Brother. The government must raise our taxes for three distinct reasons: to level structural inequities in our economic system; make necessary improvements to our infrastructure (especially mass transit); and erase out national debt and unfunded future obligations. These are responsibilities which politicians of the previous thirty years have almost bipartisingly rejected. It is time we start to inform them that the status quo is changing.
Personal: I am a PhD student in political science at the University of California-San Diego. In a previous career and location, I was a technology consultant in Minneapolis.
I am a transplant addicted to good coffee, so I spend a lot of time exploring my environs through cafes. Outside of work/school, I exercise and read. In no signifying order, I am also interested in current events, history, travel, staying healthy, disc sports, racket sports, and Settlers of Catan.