Another day, another plan to tax people to death when they can’t pay their bills
It’s barely three months before the election and our public servants are frantically looking for new ways to tax people who don’t have money to buy gas or food or pay the rent.
Only one explanation can’t account for the feeding frenzy: A landslide at the polls for Obama and the belief the new or infrequent voters will say yes to almost any tax even if they are all regressive taxes in nature and hit those with the lowest incomes hardest. Of course, if you believe that, you believe our public servants are cynical louts who really don’t give a damn about the poor or working class and just want to feed the maw of inefficient and ineffective government.
In the Daily News, Troy Anderson reports County Supervisors are scurrying to emulate the City with a phone tax cut that actually is a phone tax increase. Nothing cynical in that, is there?
The proposal is to cut the current 5 percent tax by a tenth but extend the reach of the tax to text messaging, paging, telephone conferencing and other services which over time will add revenue to the county. It also would make the long pending lawsuit against the current phone tax, imposed without a public vote in 1991, irrelevant.
More people flocking to food banks, fewer giving, so why not raise
Catching up with other local news media, the Times reports a lot of people are suffering hard times as jobs disappear and prices soar. Some food banks report demand up as much as 60 percent and that some of those in need we’re making $70,000 a year not very long ago.
The headline tells you a lot about what’s going on: Job losses have hit the San Fernando Valley particularly hard as the
economic downturn spreads beyond the poor and begins to affect middle-
and upper-class families.
What better reason could there be to raise taxes, fees and hikes to support City Hall in the wasteful style it regard as an entitlement.
Taxes rise, poverty soars and city officials keep on living like royalty
Like Bruno the Beast with a juicy bone, I can’t let go of the theme of the day: Our local officials’ utter disregard of the public interest, utter contempt for the lives of ordinary people as they continue to live like royalty on the people’s money and pat themselves on the back for their compassion and decency.
Beth Barrett in the Daily News reported over the weekend on the abuse of city-supplied cars to elected officials and their staffs.
The kings of gas-guzzling SUV riding abusers are Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo and Councilman Dennis Zine who burn $8,000 in taxpayer-paid gas a year.
“Three councilmen — Tony Cardenas, Richard Alarcón
and Jose Huizar — drive new Toyota Highland Hybrids that get 26 mpg and
are decked out with leather seats, moonroofs and CD/DVD systems,” the story says.
Cardenas says he needs the giant vehicle and its $5,900 a year gas bill to haul rakes and shovels to weekend community cleanup events and was forced to take the luxury accessories package by the General Services Department.
Alarcon claims he needs the same vehicle because he might have to sleep in it in case there’s another earthquake like the 1994 Northridge Quake.
In all, the city supplies about 1,400 vehicles — not counting police, fire, harbor,
airport and ports workers — with the mayor’s staff getting 13, the City Attorney’s 10 and council members eight each for their staffs.
Not bad for the nation’s highest paid municipal officials.