NO NEW TAXES so they say!!
Working men , milkers from the 1920s
That is the mantra of every political statement from a new or old candidate for office, local, state or national. After all these years of adding taxes, they are nearly telling the truth but they sneak in an increase to the old property tax, newer sales tax and the myriad of excise and other taxes. A few years ago New York State stopped increasing taxes , at least made a good attempt. We already paid a half dollar or more per gallon on gasoline and the people and businesses were moving to other less highly taxed states.
After a while the Solons and Pharaohs of Albany decided that instead of taxes we can assess fees. The people will not be intelligent enough to realize that fees and taxes are interchangeable. Now our licenses and registrations and many other use costs are called fees. Boy am I glad that they aren’t taxes. We pay too many taxes already.
Just To keep your attention.
Soon that game got old and they came up with a new idea. Lets give the citizens some fun. They like to play number games and have raffles so maybe we could raise a bit of money for education by selling scratch off raffle type tickets and they did. Nearly half of this money goes to education and the rest goes to the operating cronies and the rest goes to the media and ad men who put the clever messages all over our media. No new taxes there?
Now what can we do to extract a few more dollars from the people? “I know!” said some bright staff worker. “The Native Americans are making money hand over fist since we allowed them to have casinos. Why can’t we do the same?”
And they did. There will be seven new casinos soon. They will be scattered all over the state so that even the poorest citizen can easily get to one and chase his fortune. It doesn’t matter that some rent won’t be paid and evictions will go up. Kids will get less food because mom and dad tried to pay their property taxes by hitting it big in a nearby casino. They will be able to get help from state tax supported programs, take your pick of those.
In summary, the wealthy have all sorts of tax breaks and pay a smaller percentage than their secretary according to Mr. Bunn the billionaire. The politicians realize it is more difficult to get a dollar from the rich through taxation so they decided that the lower income people would be an easier mark. The old time charlatans new they could get a few cents from the common man by promising a chance to win big in their dice and card trick games.
The politician has two jobs, get elected and get reelected. That requires getting money and spending money. Job one is get the money and it is easier to get it from the common man than from the well off. After gambling what is next. Getting blood from a stone?
TO DAYS TAXPAYERS, YOU AND ME AND EVERYONE IN THE 98% wealth class have many decisions to make. I DON’T ENVY YOUNG PEOPLE MUCH ANYMORE. Not only do they have to pay the taxes, they also have to plan for the education of their children including college and career. The cost of education has skyrocketed as have insurance rates, health cost, autos and all the things we used to take for nearly granted when I was younger.College costs for me were a few thousand dollars per year. This was impossible for me without the use of the GI Bill of Rights and student loans from the friendly Neighborhood Banker. But with the help of a good wife and other break, I made it through and paid it back. I taught and coached for twenty seven years and am living a frugal and somewhat secure retirement now.
Now our Governor has proposed an addition to the Department of Corrections that will provide a college education for inmates. He estimates that it will cost $5000 additional per year per inmate, who is willing to do it, to accomplish this. This is in addition to the thousands of dollars that are required to maintain this person during the time of his penalty. If YOU wish to send little Johnny or sister Sarah to school/college nowadays it will run you at least ten thousand dollars and maybe thirty or forty thousand dollars a year. That is much more than it costs the prisoner. He gets free room and board, free TV and gym privileges and free schooling at the States (thats you and me) expense. Pretty good deal for being a miscreant! There will probably be a good state run job placement department for the day that this well trained citizen leaves the fine institution of higher learning.
May I suggest that this s not all bad? During our child rearing years we struggle to teach our valued offspring the difference from right and wrong. We don’t want to see our kids penned up do we. So we punish and correct poor behavior and reward the good stuff.
We slave and save and bank what we can and teach our child the value of frugal living so we can enjoy a few nice things. We encourage good study habits or athletic prowess in hopes of getting the goose with the golden egg to fly over and drop a scholarship of some sort on the Golden Ones head. Problem solved. Now my child can continue the process as he goes out into the world.
But wait! Isn’t there a better way? Oh yes, the DOC degree! “Son, if you want to get ahead, commit a minor crime, something that will put you in jail for four to seven years. Mind your business, keep your nose clean and study hard. When you end your term you will come out with a nice degree and jobs will be waiting for you. That’s the road to success in New York State. Your mother and I will have a nice nest egg for our retirement years as well. Your other option is to get into politics,”