Letter: Higher taxes nightmare for poor, fixed income taxpayer

Posted Online: April 19, 2013, 2:26 pm
Comment on this story | Print this story | Email this story
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


Local events heading

  Today is Wednesday, April 16, the 106th day of 2014. There are 259 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.

(More History)