Dear Readers: My beloved husband, Horemheb, wanted to insure our San Diego and California friends heard the news: San Diego eyes half-cent increase in sales tax. It seems that there is a plan to ask city voters in November to increase the sales tax a half cent on the dollar as one of several options under consideration by Mayor Jerry Sanders to help eliminate a $72 million budget gap. My husband’s thoughts mirror that of many of our neighbors:
If Mr. Sanders supports a sales tax increase as stated in this morning’s UT, I will lose all respect for the mayor. I voted for him twice, but if he backs an increase he’ll be remembered as a typical deceptive lying politician and nothing else. How can he repeatedly state he won’t support asking taxpayers for more money and now change his tune. Does he believe the city is now living within its means? He can’t be serious!
(Hat-tip to Richard Rider, who sent an email warning San Diegans about this proposal).
Actually, this country is about six months away from the largest tax increase in history. This will undermine an already weakened economy that has never, ever recovered from the decline that began in September 2008 — despite numerous claims of “Recovery Summer”. One of my favorite economy pundits, Bizzyblog, has a review of Obama’s tax-trap of which Tea Party patriots have been aware for quite some time.
I know Horemheb considers Obama’s promise not to raise taxes on those of us earning less that $250,000 annually one of the President’s key commitments. Neither of us expected Obama to actually keep his promise — but we suspect others who were so duped might remember this lie in the next 2 election cycles. Interestingly, American for Tax Reform have an innovative exemption card that we may be able to use!
I am sure looking forward to pulling this out when I shop, as well as sending a copy in with my tax forms! As Americans for Tax Reform note — If challenged, pleasantly ask: “Are you calling President Obama a liar?”
I will also note that Bizzyblog has an analysis of the ginned-up unemployment numbers that is worthwhile to review, too. There is also this description of the numbers from the LA Times:
Employment-seekers decline by 652,000 June, which may reflect people giving up on job-hunting and a reluctance to hire. Overall, the jobless rate falls to 9.5% from 9.7%, the Labor Department reports.