Wednesday, January 16, 2013

More of the Same

Back from some R&R along with my husband.  It is snowing today in Massachusetts - looks pretty but the governor is ready tonight to give his cold and windy state of the union speech. 
He will be asking for more money for the remainder of us who actually pay taxes in this state.
Again the children, roads, and bridges will be a main concern for still higher gas and income taxes needed.  Of course we have been told this for years and unexplained to me is why people still believe it!
Today one of my favorite columnist puts this in words better than I could do.  It is going to be a long 4 years................what will our country look like at the end of that time??

Barbara Anderson   

Apparently, despite having the fourth-highest per-capita tax burden and the highest debt in the nation, we still can’t afford our state transportation system. Wouldn’t you think that infrastructure, which is one major reason we have government, would be a priority for spending already available revenues?
And yet, every few years, we hear it again: roads and bridges crumbling, public transportation running on empty, what to do? Hand-wringing public officials and Big Business leaders get together, offer us a choice of various tax, fee and toll plans, and hope we dumb marks will buy promises of better management one more time.
The state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has just released the latest “transportation funding plan,” which includes a menu of possible tax hikes and “potential” reforms. Gov. Deval Patrick watches the public response to his trial balloon as he prepares for tonight’s State of the State address.
The game never changes: We get to argue among ourselves as to which tax/fee proposals we dislike the least and might accept, and prove ourselves fools and enablers once again.


No comments:

Post a Comment

all comments will be signed to be published