Letter: Higher taxes nightmare for poor, fixed income taxpayer

Posted Online: April 19, 2013, 2:26 pm
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A couple months ago I decided I needed a budget plan. To be on the safe side, I'd set mine up like federal, state and local governments. The sky's the limit -- $500 a week for gambling; a chance I could come out better than Solyndra.

Forget all the bills until I return from a long overdue vacation. Go first class. Max out the credit cards. Write checks for everything else. No money left in the bank. Shouldn't matter. I get a check from the government; It doesn't have money either. It's in debt, yet keeps spending money it doesn't have. Why can't I?

Got home a few days ago. Power company shut off power and gas to my house. City shut off the water. Still no worries. I'll put in for aid and food stamps. Since I'm in my 80s, they will take my home and other assets to pay my bills. Obamacare will take care of my medical bills and medicine.
A knock at the door. Two men in blue uniforms with badges take me to jail. In the morning, I stand in front of a judge.

When I tell him I was operating like my government, he motions to the back of the courtroom to two men dressed in white, one carrying a white sport coat with long sleeves that tie in the back. As I am being led away, the judge says, "Just because most people in government are idiots doesn't give you the right to be one."

That's when I woke up sweating and in panic. When I settled down and returned to my senses, I decided I'd do my own budget. Governments cannot keep taxing, which keeps shrinking poor and fixed-income budgets.

Marty Shannon,
Rock Island


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1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.

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