Tax Day Rallies, hither, thither, and yon upon the land. Good on ya!

Whilst yer hapless scribe was anxiously engaged in his daily flailing about yesterday, it was thrust upon his somewhat short attention span that there were rallies being conducted throughout the land. Tax protest rallies! Umm…kewl! From friend Greg in Seattle came this:

Hopefully you have your taxes done.   Mine are done, and I luckily have a little refund coming back : )

Taxes are a necessary “evil”.  They pay for national defense, the federal and state safety nets, roads, the Post Office, all kinds of things we need.  However, did you know that the federal government spending has grown about 50% since 2000? At the same time, our population has only grown about 13%.

So, I think it’s easy to see that the government is growing at a very rapid clip, and we’ve had $1 trillion+ deficits since 2008.  Our total debt is about 15,500,000,000,000, or about $45,000 per American (or, if you prefer, $90,000 per taxpayer, since about 1/2 of us pay no taxes at all).

Anyhow, I’m soon heading down to Olympia, WA for a Tea Party Patriots Tax Day Rally.  Our theme will be pro-small business, limited constitutional government, fiscal responsibility, and free markets (the last 3 are the TPP’s “core values”).   Who knows what protesting actually accomplishes, but it’s good to know there are others out there who share your philosophy, and we may get some press!

I’m hoping the protest went well, and that some kind of indelible impression was left with the gooberning body in Oly. For my part I’m really hoping Rob McKenna is able to secure the election over Jay Innslee in November, or Washington is going to experience another wave of economic downturn. After 8 years of Gregoire’s mismanagement and ignoring pleas from business for lower tax rates, people had better realize just how important a different course is going to be in the next few years.

With the exception of a few sectors, businesses are scaling back or leaving the State! A key indicator of this just 2 years ago was a comment made to me by a construction manager at a Redmond site. He said at the time that of the 5 largest home construction companies in Washington, only 2 would be left operating because the others were leaving the State. The companies owners, including Weyerhauser, had seen the writing on the wall and were not going to stick around.

There simply is too much regulation and taxation put upon businesses to allow for a profitable environment, and business owners, to the extent that they are able, are packing up and leaving. Technology and BioTech are doing okay, but they cannot sustain Washington. Even Boeing, notwithstanding their significant presence, is farming out much of their production to other States, primarily because it’s cheaper to do so.

Part time employers, such as Wal-Mart, love this kind of environment because they come in and offer hundreds of part-time, no benefit (to speak of) jobs, while longer standing companies with tenured employees are suffering greatly. In the lovely berg where I once resided there is a Fred Meyer’s, a Rite-Aid, along with several other establishments, that now face the spectre of a Wal-Mart coming to town. Wal-Mart declares that it brings “hundreds of jobs!”. Uh, yeah. Part time jobs at little, if any, over minimum wage and yielding approximately 10-15 hours a week. I don’t know how it goes in yer part of the planet, dear reader, but in lovely Monroe, Washington, those kinds of hours at minimum wage leave one scrambling for more work elsewhere. As an alternate reality, where other gainful employment is lacking, those so unencumbered find themselves sleeping in a tent under the Lewis street bridge alongside the lovely Skykomish river…along with other homeless folk. Pleasant thought, isn’t it?

Sorry for the above sidebar, but it is thrown in for the general purpose of illustrating the direction taken by a business community increasingly burdened by government regulation and taxation. No surprise to anyone these days, the lifelong career with a company providing benefits and retirement are ink blots in the history books. We thank a benevolent government for that, one whose overreach grows steadily.

At the lower altitudes of the working stiff, it’s difficult to maintain a high altitude view of national and global economics when the day to day living is perpetually constrained by $5 a gallon gasoline (In a year from now we’ll be asking “Can we go back to that?!?), peanut butter cost that rose by over 40% in a year’s time, and other cost of living increases not offset by flat line wages.

To the Tea Party protestors: Methinks ye protest not enough! Where might one join and give voice? Might one bring a pitchfork or two?

Added upon:

One wonders, having a free moment, whether such crushing personal debt, as inflicted upon them, might not be cleared in bankruptcy. Notwithstanding changes in bankruptcy laws, might the general tax paying body not declare bankruptcy? Not possible, you say? {sigh} Oh well. It was just a thought. I’ll leave you alone now…


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One Response to Tax Day Rallies, hither, thither, and yon upon the land. Good on ya!

  1. Mongo says:

    A cuppla additional thoughts:
    The registered population grew by 13%, but we increased our spending on the overall population by over 50%? We’ve got ourselves some real princesses out there looking to adorn themselves with more bling on our buck. Tell me what’s right about that picture?

    Setting aside all his whack-job ideas, the one notion of Ron Paul’s that all agree on is we must cut government spending. Those in government say they agree, but then start cutting from essential services…particularly Defense. Not a dime is cut, indeed more dimes are added, to social spending, and we end up with a situation where welfare programs are the mainstay of our national spending.

    I keep asking this but not getting a good answer, why was it necessary to our economic growth to send $600 Billion TARP dollars overseas to foreign banks? 2/3’s of TARP dollars left the country! What for?

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