Let's look closely at the following: “Duplicating and Printing,” personnel forms, procurement forms, copy machine maintenance, ID badges and employee cookbook, $1,900. On page 41 you will find “Other Materials and Supplies,” miscellaneous materials and supplies; uniforms and boots at a cost of $1,000. Please note that under this you will find where employee cookbook has been transferred to the “Duplicating and Printing” column. Who are the uniforms and boots for in this department? “Employee Cookbook?” Really, should my taxes ever have been used for this expense?
Every department has it’s own budget, and each department will show what is allocated for training, travel, etc. You can obtain your own copy of the city's budget for approximately 5-10 cents per page, and you can purchase only the pages you want.
Taxed too much
Taxation is the art of plucking the feathers off the bird without killing the bird. All the feathers have been plucked off. It's time they realized the bird doesn’t have any feathers left.
Responds to Conway
Leland Conway has a 5-point plan that he thinks will create jobs.
He suggests broadening the base and simplifying the code. Simplifying the code is a good idea. Lowering taxes has been tried. We have the lowest rate in the last 50 years, and job growth is still slow.
When you hear the phrase “broaden the tax base,” think “tax the poor.” If you are supporting a family on $30,000 a year, Conway wants you to pay 10 percent, or $3,000. If you make $1 million per year, with no deductions you would pay $150,000, down from the $350,000 under the current maximum rate. This is class warfare; the rich have declared war on the poor.
Let’s eliminate the corporate tax breaks and loopholes that allow General Electric to pay no tax on $14 billion in profits, then we can talk about lowering the rates to a reasonable 20-25 percent.
Conway suggests taxing capital gains at the rate for regular income. I agree. Let’s do that.
He also suggests winding down the EPA’s power. Some streamlining and simplifying is probably a good idea, but if you’re old enough to remember when the air was unhealthy in Pittsburgh or LA, rivers caught fire in Cleveland and toxic chemicals were buried in a residential neighborhood at Love Canal, then you know the value of the EPA. Let’s not go back to those days.
Conway wants to abandon Obamacare. I would like a government-run single-payer system like those in other countries and that we have a form of here with Medicare and the VA. I know people who have lived in those countries and they like it, it’s cheaper, and the people are healthier. Always remember that an insurance company's main goal is not to provide health care, it’s to make a profit.
Jobs will only be created when there is increased demand for goods and services.
Shifting the tax burden from rich to poor, lowering corporate taxes, a dirtier environment and increased profits for insurance companies won’t increase demand.