Why the camel’s nose is a mirage

Commentary | October 6, 2010 | By Aaron Keating | Sequim Gazette

Fear is a powerful motivator. That may be why opponents of Initiative 1098 so often call the measure "the camel's nose under the tent" - the notion being that I-1098's proposed income tax, which would affect only the wealthiest 1.2 percent of Washington residents, eventually will expand to cover all taxpayers. But could this animal really get into the tent - or is the whole thing just a mirage made visible only because of heated debate?

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