Sunday, March 06, 2005

Enough is Enough

My News Tribune column about taxes is getting some great responses from people urging me to stop complaining about how much I must pay when I can apparently afford it, and reminding me of my duty to support the many wonderful services government provides to the downtrodden.

I'll be responding to some of these later on.

Read it and chime in if you'd like. My email address is (For those who wonder, "Mushra" is a nickname bestowed years ago by a toddler and tenaciously reinforced since by gleeful friends. To my great surprise, no one had claimed it for their email account before I came along.)


At 5:11 PM, Anonymous Josef said...

I really think you did great today, Marsha!!

For my comments on a great piece of work - and a doting comparison to the Mariners' lead-off hitter -

Josef, whose nickname is "Watchdog"

At 9:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marsha, taxes in Washington really stink!!!
As a self-employed family, we pay through the nose for taxes (thanks again, Democrats!!) and on top of that we have to pay twice as much as someone who is not self employed- in social security taxes. And-(yes!) we would jump at the chance to privatize S.S.. Even though we just reached our 40's, we believe we are going to have to make it on our own anyway.
We also educate our kids. We pay nearly $1000 a year for educating everyone else's kids (property taxes) and another few thousand for our own.
If we didn't have nearly all of our family, friends and church in this state, there would not be the slightest hesitation to move on to a very, very, very, very, very red state-there are a lot of them to choose from!

At 9:03 AM, Anonymous Sharol said...

Marsha, you write beautifully. Your research answers many questions for us and you present in a way we can remember--I'm passing on your information.

One thing I'd like to have heard more about: How are we going to get government back to basics? Elections seem to be sewn up, in this state. And, would a change of representatives really mean a change in government? Writing to representatives usually just gets you an answer back, defending their position.

The attitude of the people should eventually change things--and you are doing your part. Thanks.

At 9:13 PM, Anonymous don said...

Marsha, great article. I was amazed to see a local writer in the Trib actually present a conservative viewpoint on taxes. And a young person to boot!

I'm a transplant from back east. The tax and regulation environment in this state is really causing me to question whether I should head somewhere else.

People in this state just don't get it. We have to be able to compete with other parts of the country. If we don't, we will eventually pay.

How many big corporations have moved into this area in the last 10 years? How many have left? Hmmm...

At 2:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When government taxation at Federal, State and local levels take a combined total of over 45% (!) of the average person's wages, what is the TRUE cause of poverty? Did the light go on? Fact number two: Businesses PASS THROUGH their higher costs from B & O Taxes, over-regulation and other government mandated costs, etc. to YOU the end user of the good or service that the business sells to you. So who always gets stuck with these higher costs and prices? Did the light go on again? That's right. YOU the end consumer!!! So when government trumpets a "new and innovative way" to extract more tax revenue from that nasty business community, hold onto your wallets, because YOU (the consumer) are going to end up actually paying that tax. It's only a PASS THROUGH for the business. Are you beginning to understand Economics 101?

At 9:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is an aspect to our growing tax obligation you totally missed. While many homeowners are rubbing their hands together about their increase in equity, they are not focused on the following real estate taxes. Oh it's minor compared to the vast sums awaiting them ... if they sell. Here is the deal, they will probably have to sell. While we are taking on a HUGE national debt and maintainig an artificially low interest rate we are increasing the real estate taxes nationally with a number of bubbles starting to turn into balloons. Now factor in what a 20% increase in taxes, for example, does to financing and you see that the interest rate now must stay down to avoid a bubble pop. Still rubbing your hands together? Most are being taxed way over what their pile of OSB and imported stone is worth. Our market based taxing should have a national debt factor calculated into our assessed value. Once again the next generation will pay, or this one, if values plummet since noone will be able to buy what they want after the increasing taxes (that don't drop down) off set even a 0 interest rate. By the way hasn't anyone asked where all this mega increasing revenue going? You should instead of the $1.25 for oil.


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