SEDONA AZ–“Issue number one is jobs and the economy,” Jerry Joslyn, Arizona Green Party candidate said. He is a small businessman and an investor who has been tracking the business environment for years. He doesn’t like a lot of what he sees.
Joslyn pointed out that, “In 2007 (Warren) Buffet earned something like 47 million and paid 17%. His secretary earned $60 thousand and paid 30%. Four out of five Americans pay more in payroll tax than income tax. So the constant focus on income tax misses the point. Payroll tax is the biggest burden for the vast majority of people. Lower income groups need to pay a smaller percentage.”
Candidate Joslyn said that we need a major overhaul of the tax system. He would like to eliminate the payroll tax, the capital gains tax, estate taxes, and the current income tax. Then he would replace them all with one simple income tax. Every taxpayer in America would get a standard deduction of $20,000 and above that all income would be taxed at a flat rate of 28%. Joslyn claims this would balance the budget, be less cumbersome and ultimately more fair. It isn’t a flat tax, entirely.
Joslyn believes that the current system focuses on supply side economics but today the focus should be on demand side. For demand to increase families and citizens need to have more money in their pockets.
“Elimination of the payroll tax would be the biggest boon for Arizona,” Green Party candidate Joslyn said. “Two thirds of all job creation comes from small business. Eliminating the payroll tax, lowers labor cost by 15.6%. Take that 15.6% off, and that in itself will create jobs. Put more money in the hands of the people who are doing the hiring, and that puts more money in the hands of people who buy things.”
Joslyn thinks the national economic debate has descended to “MSNBC vs. Fox News” and it isn’t based on understanding, it is based on rhetoric that doesn’t do business or working people any good.
Jerry Joslyn is against SB1070. He was also against the Iraq war from the beginning, and remains against it, claiming the wars are a bad investment, a waste of lives and resources. He said, “Our war is against Al Queda, Iraq is a clear case of mission creep, it has become nation building. Nation building has never worked. We must continue the war against Al Queda with a lean mean and cost effective military.”
As for economic chicanery, candidate Joslyn states that a lot of what is wrong in our financial markets isn’t a lack of policy from the SEC but a lack of enforcement. The rules need to be enforced rather than ignored. and as a Senator Joslyn intends to look into it.
For more information go to, http://www.joslynforsenate.com/.
Article by Joni Dahlstrom, sedonaeye.com Staff Writer JoniD@eSedona.net Sedona Times Publishing Election Central c2010