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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  Today is Thursday, July 24, the 205th day of 2014. There are 160 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The Rev. R.J. Humphrey, once a clergyman in this city, was reported killed in a quarrel in New Orleans.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rock Island Citizens Improvement Association held a special meeting to consider the proposition of consolidating Rock Island and Moline.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The home of A. Freeman, 806 3rd Ave., was entered by a burglar while a circus parade was in progress and about $100 worth of jewelry and $5 in cash were taken.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The million dollar dredge, Rock Island, of the Rock Island district of United States engineers will be in this area this week to deepen the channel at the site of the new Rock Island-Davenport bridge.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Argus "walked" to a 13-0 victory over American Container Corporation last night to clinch the championship of Rock Island's A Softball League at Northwest Douglas Park.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Immediate Care Center emergency medical office at South Park Mall is moving back to United Medical Center on Sept. 1. After nearly six years in operation at the mall, Care Center employees are upset by UMC's decision. The center is used by 700 to 800 people each month.

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