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June 15, 2013

Viewpoint: Theatrics displayed in County Council's wheel tax vote

Theatrics displayed in Council's wheel tax vote

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The more he called “important” people down, the more I thought of James 2:1-13 in the Bible, when James talks about the sin of showing partiality. If ever anyone was sinning, it was the dictator during the meeting.

Then, we had the mayor of Elwood, who called himself a conservative. It seems, at least to this observer, that he is a RINO (Republican in name only). I do not know any true conservatives who stand on rooftops and yell for a tax increase the way he did. The Democrats who voted for the wheel tax are DINOs (Democrat in name only). They are liberals who, like all liberals, never met a tax increase they did not like. They do not truly care about the people. If they did, they would have voted against the tax increase.

This is not a once-a-year tax. Corporations, companies and small businesses will also pay this tax. But, unlike you and I, they will pass the tax along to the consumer (you and I) in the form of a price increase. So, every time we go to the store, pharmacy, gas station or call a plumber or electrician, we pay the wheel tax again and again. When our air conditioning breaks down and we call a repairman, we pay the wheel tax over again. It is the tax that keeps on costing all year long.

Someone who came to the microphone stated that over 50 percent of children in Elwood, and I believe also in Anderson (I forget the exact number), qualify for free or reduced lunches. That means their parents are poor and cannot afford another tax increase. Of course, this too fell on deaf ears. The council members had their minds made up. The dictator even said so. He stated, “I want to thank you all for coming and voicing your opinions.” Someone said, “Did you change your vote?” Without hesitation, he said, “No.” He also stated that 100 percent of the people he talked to in his district are for the wheel tax. Then he changed that and said, 90 percent. I was talking with my brother a few days later, and he said, “He didn’t talk to anybody I know, and I live in his district. Everybody I talked to is against the tax.” Evidently, my brother is lying because, as we all know, politicians do not lie.

The reality is, GM is long gone, and the census in Madison County is shrinking. The county and local councils are going to have to learn to live with less money. You cannot continue to tax people into poverty.

I know, when I retire, I’m outta here!

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