Pay It With Pork

Congressional leaders are recommending a 5 cent tax hike per gallon of gasoline at the pump to pay for repairs for the nations bridges. I say, “Pay it with pork.” Gas tax per gallon is already almost twice the price we used to pay for an entire gallon of gas when I began driving…that’s not even counting the price during gas wars.Let’s get real, folks.

Taxes

Has anyone else noticed that when the government raises taxes, it’s on the “rich” but when the government reduces taxes it’s on everybody who pays them? Then when the government gives everyone the same-percentage tax cut, the folks who pay little taxes complain that the “rich” got a bigger tax cut.

A Defeat of Purpose

An article in yesterday’s The Villages Daily Sun reported that the Florida Citrus Commission raised the tax on orange growers 19% 1From 18.5 cents per 90-pound box to 22 cents per 90-pound box to pay for a more aggressive advertising campaign. The commissioners cited rising supermarket prices for the cause of decreased consumption of Florida oranges and orange juice. “If you basically don’t hammer home the message to the consumer that as prices increase you still have to buy this, the consumer won’t,” said commission chairman Stephen Ryan.

So, Steve, let’s see…raise the tax (price) 2The tax that will obviously be passed on to the consumer on a product that is losing market share because the price is too high . Then advertise to overcome the rise in price the tax brings. Hmmmm.

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1. From 18.5 cents per 90-pound box to 22 cents per 90-pound box
2. The tax that will obviously be passed on to the consumer