Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Newsflash: Politicians' Actions Not Congruent with Promises

Say it isn't so... It can't be... Politicians who said they would only to raise taxes as "a last resort" when they were trying to get elected are now raising taxes as a first resort? Or a politician who promises to "shake things up," and yet once in office, proceeds to offer a steady stream of more of the same? Yes, this is exactly what is happening. Who could possibly have guessed this would happen? For politicians to say one thing and then do another is completely unheard of. I am aghast.

What choice do they have though, right? I mean, the state of Washington is in a financial crisis, with more expenses than revenue. Clearly the only way to solve such a problem is to raise revenue in the form of higher taxes. It only makes sense. It's what we all do in our own households, right? Once you're spending money on something, it's absolutely impossible to go back and reassess whether you really need it still or not. That would be unthinkable. No, raising income is the only way.

Like last month when I realized that my family was spending $150 more every month than we earned. A foolish man would have rushed to cut out things like weekly movie night out ($72/month), or cable TV ($50/month), or even Abercrombie & Tommy Hilfiger ($100/month more than store brands)*. But, being the prudent family financial planner that I am, I realized that there was no need to cut these things if I just demanded more money from my employer. Think about it... Doesn't that just make so much more sense? I thought so.

At first glance, it seems quite distressing that these elected officials would promise one thing and do another, but I think we can all see that they really had no choice. They definitely deserve your vote and mine next time around.

* Items and costs given do not represent anything even close to the actual expenses of the author.

Source: Seattle Times, Seattle Times, Seattle Times
Categories: Local, Politics


Blogger ninjanun said...

Oh, those poor cigarette smokers! Those poor rich people whose inheritence is getting taxed at a lower rate than salaried income!

9:38 AM, April 06, 2005  
Blogger Skor Grimm said...

Things like a sarcastic "oh, those poor [people group that I am not a part of]!" are always easy to say. However, such a comment seems to miss the point of this post, methinks.

9:45 AM, April 06, 2005  

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