NO NEW TAXES so they say!!
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.
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?