Letters to the Editor

Overtaxed with taxes

For the past two weeks, all I have seen in the local papers has been the desire, by the local politicians, school boards and the Board of Supervisors, to place another tax hike, bond measure or fee schedule increase before the people.

Really? We are already burdened by some of the highest taxes in the nation, and it appears it is never enough. One of the biggest lies ever perpetuated on the American public is “this is just a temporary tax increase.” What happened to budgets for maintenance of streets, school buildings, etc.? Did all the money eventually get funneled away to salaries and benefits?

How much longer can we continue to fund lucrative pensions for generation after generation of retirees who no longer work? Where is the money going to come from? New taxes, fees and bonds on an already overburdened society, while at the same time, we continue to stifle the economy and business environment with new regulations?

We let a few environmentalists stop a Walmart or the XL pipeline that could generate jobs and private sector taxes, while we continue to push for more revenue by increased taxes and fees. Why can’t the government stop spending more than they take in?