Well as of now whats your opinion? We have the war in Iraq, congressmen
on the take, the feds monitoring every phone number we call, every
internet keystroke and e mail, no doubt theres a master database for
each ands every one of us.
A national ID card is sure to come to stamp out illegals. combing a
AVID chip refering to our retina scan, photo, fingerprints and SS
number, and DNA sample. That avid chip could be easily used to ID
people as they pass by any location.
Now we know the feds have black prisons, approve of torture, permanent
detention without due process.
basically is Bush doing a good job?
On Sat, 03 Jun 2006 02:05:25 +0000, Tony Hwang wrote:
I can assure you that I'm quite a bit better off today than I was 5 years
ago. No question about it.
Now, for folks like you working for minimum wage, it probably does suck.
Of course, it's easier to blame GWB than yourself, isn't it?
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I'm not the one fretting over the state of the nation. Actually I can
see the bigger picture than the OP and henceforth am much more
cool-headed. Now, if we could get ILLEGAL immigration under control
I'd be even more optimistic.
"The moral rot of political correctness runs deep today in both
national parties." ~ Patrick J. Buchanan
run for city council or county commissioner..that's who controls your
property taxes.The question was is bush doing a good job? your property
taxes are not controlled by him.I think property tax should be outlawed.Why
should I pay rent to the government for something I already own?
As off topic as this is...
...you don't pay rent. You pay for sewer lines, and a paved street in front
of your home and garbage pickup and snow plows, etc...
Although property taxes really should be based on the number of occupants,
not the value of the home.
Lets not forget police, fire protection, schools (although that is a
separate property tax in some areas), libraries, courts, storm water
drainage system (separate from sewer - and REQUIRED in some areas)
All of our tax system federal down to local, is almost always a
progressive tax. Those who can afford to pay more, generally do. Live
in a big expensive house, the theory is, you can afford to pay more tax
than someone living in a 750sq ft shack built in 1955 that looks like it
is ready to fall down. You are by yourself in the 6000 sq ft mansion
worth $2.5M, and 5 people share the 750 sq ft shack. Who should pay
The five. Taxes should be REgressive, not PROgressive. The poor use more
governemental services (usually), so why shouldn't they pay more? In your
examples above, the rich (can) have their own security guards, send their
children to non-government schools, buy whatever books they need, and are
almost never found in night court or prison. The affluent don't get food
stamps, rent supplements, or government health care, use subsidized public
transportation, or receive the "earned income tax credit."
The rich should pay SOME taxes: they do take advantage of national security
and, uh, roads.
There is no one perfect way to assess taxes. A quiet family of six will put
less strain on the public systems that a a couple on welfare with a wife
beating husband where the police come out on a weekly basis to haul hiss ass
to jail overnight. Should snow plowing be assesed on the number of cars you
own, the distance you drive, or the street frontage of your property?
If you promise not to go out after dark should you still pay for street
lighting? If you don't drive should you pay for street repairs?
Don't get me started on the waste in our shool budgets.
I know this is off-topic for the group, but I can't resist jumping in here.
Why should money for local functions go through Washington, so they can skim
their 20% off the top? If it is money for local government functions and
infrastructure, it <should> be paid by local taxes. This whole 'federal aid'
thing is a scam. 40+ years of this 'free' federal money has resulted in way
too much power flowing to DC, and Federal usurpation of functions that
should be done at the local, county, and state levels. He who has all the
gold makes all the rules, etc.
rant mode off
And to throw in a little to keep this on topic- last year, the township I am
in decided to build a new fire station/municipal building. They also, on the
fourth try on a non-standard election day, finally got a bond issue approved
to pay for it. Last week, I got a letter stating they would be coming around
to re-assess my house, and that I could expect them when they knocked at my
door. I just replaced the HVAC, and the roofer starts Monday. Are these PM
replacements likely to bump my assessment even more than they would likely
raise it anyway?
I've got a folder from when I bought this place last year, showing what all
the actual sale prices on this loop-street subdivision were for the last
several years. Should I make a point of mentioning that if I am home when
they do their walkaround? I <know> what the nearby houses are worth, so they
shouldn't try pulling a number out of their ass?
It is a way of getting things approved. Uneducated voters will vote against
a particular item if it is funded locally, but the idions will vote "yes" if
the state or feds pick up 80% of htthe e cost. See, we're getting a good
deal. Just try to explain where that state or fed money is coming from and
they give you a blank stare.
Assessment is often required by law every 5 or 10 years. Normal upkeep
should not affect anything. Adding rooms, adding a bath or pool will. You
will probably find each house on the block to be very close to each other if
no major changes have taken place. Most of the work is done by independent
companies that have no interest in giving you a higher or lower than normal
assessment. They have also heard every lame excuse too.
Assessment does not always mean a tax increase. If every property in town
is doubles, the mil rate of the taxes would be cut in half. It does make
for corrections if industrial property changes in relationship to
It also helps cover the local cost of meeting new federal mandates,
requirements which originate in Washington and direct local governments to
do something but without providing funds for the task.
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