Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Taxes taking their toll
When were driving back from Philadelphia last week we went through numerous toll booths on I95. No, we weren't squeezed like this but we are feeling the squeeze in other ways. I was just amazed as we drove through and handed our cash over to the folks in the little booths. I have done this how many times without thinking over the years. But on this trip it became an image to me of what our country has become. At the toll booth we reach into our pockets, pull out our bills to hand to someone in a box. What for? Probably not much more than their salaries and benefits packages plus the upkeep of the buildings they sit in all day. I recall reading an article a while back that the PA Turnpike would save an average of $65,000-$70,000 with each layoff. (Can you imagine getting those earnings while sitting in a box with your hand out all day long?) With each paycheck we do the same thing, drop our prescribed donations into that big box called government. How much of those "donations" are spent in paying salaries and benefits for jobs that are less than necessary? At least when it comes to toll roads, we can choose an alternate route. We can't do that with our taxes.
Our economy has taken a hit, well lots of hits lately. Many in our government and the main stream media are completely out of touch with the real people of our country. Considering the state we are in, why does our President think he needs to add one more thing? The new fuel economy and emissions standards are not a smart move in my opinion. They say they are doing this to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and to help save our planet but I would argue this is ridiculous. Reducing our dependence on foreign oil can happen when we drill here not by creating new legislation. Greenhouse gas standards! Nuts! What impact on the world will this have? The United States already has enough legislation regarding pollution on the books. Implementing new standards will hurt an already ailing automotive industry.
Drive around in little cars? Are you nuts? What strain will that put on our crippled health care when injuries from accidents in these little cars start flooding our ERs? (Besides how many yard sale treasures can you fit in one of those "smart cars"?)
Apparently Diane Sawyer was promoting a gas tax on Good Morning America. (Now I know why I do not watch this show.) Does she really think Americans can afford to pay more taxes? I know we can't. What good does taxation do anyhow? Creates more government jobs, just what we need!
I am saddened when I see Americans not reacting to increased tax proposals. Too many are just stuck in their lane driving through and dropping in whatever is asked without questioning why. I for one am tired of being a sheep!
So as to not upset those who come here wanting only decorating and pretty things, I found an image of a pretty toll booth to share as eye candy today!
Posted by Sue at 5:27 AM