Community Comment

Budget balancing with an ax?

David Horsey,,
GOP attack on poverty to balance the budtget
David Horsey,, GOP attack on poverty to balance the budtget

Good morning, Netizens...

Yesterday, quite by accident, during one of my business-related trips, I encountered the ubiquitous Mhibbs and, at his urging, he and I agreed to meet for coffee far off our typical beaten path. Given the number of news topics that have garnered so much of our attention during the last two weeks, I was a bit surprised when Mhibbs immediately seized upon the possibility of a new tax to overcome our current economic miasma that is so deeply weighing Spokane down. “When are you going to discuss the possibility of creating a new tax?” he asked, gently raising his magnificent eyebrows and peering at me with undecipherable concern written on his face with indelible lines.

To be honest about it, given the potential environmental disaster unraveling in Japan since the earthquake/tsunami, the lack of information forthcoming from the Fukushima nuclear plant, and the potential for long-lived uranium and/or plutonium byproducts entering our water and food chains from a damaged reactor plant, I hadn't paid as much lip service toward our tax base in Eastern Washington as I might have done. Radioactive Iodine, which seems to be usurping much of the news media's attention, which has a half-life of several weeks, simply doesn't drive the fear into my heart as much as uranium or plutonium, the latter of which has a half-life of over 10,000 years. Hell, that would be lurking around our landscape for our ancestors in the foreseeable future, so it is of considerable concern to me. We are screwing around with our futures.

Then this morning, in my reverie, I encountered the latest political cartoon of David Horsey, which is compelling because it speaks rather directly toward the decline and fall of the American budget and the budgetary ax which does appear to be falling inequitably upon the low-income and poverty-stricken in our midst. Horsey seems to be of the opinion that the Republican Party is taking money from the poor for taxes, rather than the upper class. Then there is, of course, the tight reduction in the funding for such things as NPR and other endowments to which we have become so accustomed during our lifetimes. That's the BIG picture, folks, and if you believe in the trickle-down effect, observing the potential closure of the MAC and other local area cutbacks, it does seem that taxation is steadily driving low-income folks into near-desperation.

Horsey's made a point here, and for once I almost concede it. Then later on this morning, I will make a slashing comment or two about how local taxation is about to become equally-murderous, and thus perhaps satisfy Mhibbs intent.

Of course, your opinions may differ.


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