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Posted: Saturday, April 11, 2009 3:23 pm | Updated: 1:10 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Austin Hill: Are you excited to write a big check to your government this week? If you haven’t already done so, this Wednesday marks that magic date — April 15 — when state and federal tax filings are due.But this year, “tax day” isn’t any “ordinary tax day.

Are you excited to write a big check to your government this week? If you haven’t already done so, this Wednesday marks that magic date — April 15 — when state and federal tax filings are due.

But this year, “tax day” isn’t any “ordinary tax day.”

This Wednesday, in cities across the country, Americans will gather publicly to protest the proposed tax hikes that many of America’s politicians are hoping to foist upon us. At our state’s Capitol, Arizonans will protest both the drastic tax increases proposed by our Democratic President Barack Obama, as well as the “small, temporary” tax hike proposed by our Republican Gov. Jan Brewer.

“The goal is to get people off their couches, and out of their offices, and down to the state Capitol to make a stand for saving our country,” I was told by Tom Jenney, the head of the Arizona chapter of Americans For Prosperity, and the chief organizer for Arizona’s “tea party” protest event. “We need to stop tax increases that will cripple our economy, we need to stop piling debt on our grandchildren, and we need to stop the dangerous government takeovers of private industry.”

But what could possibly be wrong with Obama raising taxes on just the “rich people,” I asked Jenney. “America is already at a competitive disadvantage with other nations around the world, because of high taxes,” he explained. “If we punish those who are successful, we will destroy the incentives to work, to save and to invest.”

Well, OK, I guess the leader of Americans For Prosperity has to take this “prosperity thing” really seriously. But what, I wondered, could possibly be wrong with Obama running America’s banking, insurance, automotive, energy, and health care industries?

I mean, really, this isn’t just any ol’ president — we’re talking here about President Barack Obama. “It is absurd to think that the same government geniuses who make you wait in line at the post office, and who have done a rotten job in K-12 education, are now suddenly expert managers in five of our nation’s largest industries,” Jenney responded bluntly.

OK, so I’m being a bit facetious here. Anybody who reads this column with any consistency knows that I’m a staunch advocate for the government playing a limited role in the lives of private citizens, not an ever-increasing role, as Obama, first and foremost, and Brewer, secondarily, have proposed.

But the sad reality is that there are millions of my fellow Americans who really do believe that Obama knows best when it comes to running America’s banking, insurance, automotive, energy and health care industries. They believe that it is a good idea for Obama to continue to single out companies to be recipients of our tax dollars (in the form of “bailout” money), and for the president to order the resignation of certain corporate CEOs, as he did with the former CEO of General Motors.

And although Brewer doesn’t have the fawning, adoring, “cult following” that Obama does, I am nonetheless sure that there are plenty of Arizonans who believe that Brewer’s proposed “temporary” tax increase is a great idea. The fact that government employees — the former governor and members of the Legislature — spent our state into its current fiscal crisis simply doesn’t matter to them.

But if you think otherwise — if you think as I do on these matters — then plan to be at the state Capitol Wednesday afternoon, April 15, and let your voice be heard.

For more info, visit www.aztaxpayers.org and watch my Web TV interview with the event’s organizer, Tom Jenney, linked here at www.eastvalleytribune.com.

Austin Hill of Gilbert comments on political and social issues every Sunday. He hosts talk radio around the country, and frequently is a guest host for Arizona’s Newstalk KTAR (92.3 FM). He is the author of “White House: Confidential — The Little Book Of Weird Presidential History” and is a national columnist at Townhall.com. Contact him at info@Austinhill.net.

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