So here is what I told him.
With the already high price of buying our gas from overseas, Federal, State & Local taxes on gas are putting a real crimp in people’s ability to find/keep a job. I can’t look for a job in Seattle or â€œEastsideâ€ because I couldn’t afford the gas to get to and from work. I would not vote for a tax increase on gas; unless ALL that â€œextraâ€ money was put towards developing our own production of gas in CONUS. We have the resources; we just can’t use them because our Government overtaxes any company that wants to exploit them. Not to mention the environmental concerns that some folks have. (And I still don’t understand them wanting to send â€œall our moneyâ€ overseas instead of spending it here to develop environmentally friendly ways to extract and process our own gas. But don’t get me started!)
< ?xml:namespace prefix = o />Go ahead and lift the retirement age to 70. It’s not like you can RETIRE at 65 anyway (not in the sense of our parents *retirement*). Folks are living better lives longer and still having to work anyway so another 5 years isn’t going to make that much difference.
The Home Mortgage deduction is important to my family; may be one of the contributing factors to our purchase. We’re taxed when we buy a house, we’re taxed when we sell a house, and we pay annual taxes to our local government for things they shouldn’t even be involved in; so getting a â€œbreakâ€ at the end of the year helps. In our case it allows us to look at affordable ways to make our house a bit more environmentally friendly or do repairs that only a large chunk of change will allow us to do. Why should I get a loan (or use a credit card) for a $600 repair/upgrade (which would cost $1000 or more to pay back) when I can do it after my tax return?
Medicare: Well, as I’m getting towards the age where I’ll have to sign up I have mixed feelings. If medical care wasn’t too expensive to begin with we wouldn’t need Medicare. But don’t get me started.
As a retired Hospital Corpsman I know what the military goes through trying to live within that annual budget. But I have to say that I don’t believe MORE money is the answer. BETTER Spent money is. Why 9 different companies are getting a Billion $ each to develop basically the same hardware is beyond me. Shouldn’t they all be lumped into one company and go from there?
One thing I do think is terribly wrong is taking more money from the rich just because they have it. Doesn’t give me much impetus to get off my duff and make a lot of money. Not that there’s much anyway because of the Federal, State & Local Taxes we’re required to pay. You collect taxes on things you sell; then you pay taxes on things you order, the things you sell, then the total amount you’ve made for the year is taxed again. Didn’t we have a war way back when about things like this? I’d vote for 10% to the Feds, 5% to the State & 2% to local governments and they’d all have to learn to live within their budgets.
Sorry to ramble. Thanks for listening.