Letter to the Editor: Taxes are excessive


Thursday, April 25, 2019

What follows is a condensed version of an email I recently received:

A billion is a difficult number to comprehend, but I hope to provide some understanding regards how much a “billion” really is.

A billion seconds ago it was 1959. A billion minutes ago Jesus was alive. A billion hours ago our ancestors were living in the Stone Age. A billion days ago no one walked the earth on two feet. A billion dollars ago was only eight hours and 20 minutes — at the rate our government is spending.

While this new information is fresh in your mind, let’s take a look at New Orleans. It’s amazing what you can learn with some simple division. Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) was asking Congress for $250 billion to rebuild New Orleans. Interesting number — what does it mean?

Well, if you are one of the 484,674 residents of New Orleans — every man, woman, child — you each get $516,528. Or if you have one of the 188,251 homes in New Orleans — you get $1,329,787.00. Or if you are a family of four, your family gets $2,066,012. Washington, D.C. — Hello! Are all your calculators broken?

How will they pay for this boondoggle? You got it — with increases on existing taxes and new tax monies. Some taxes that may or may not be increased: Building Permits, CDL Tax, Cigarette tax, Corporate Income, Dog License, Federal Income Tax, Fed Unemployment Tax, Fishing License, Food License, Fuel Permit, Gasoline, Hunting License, Inheritance, Inventory, IRS Interest, IRS Penalties, Liquor Tax, Luxury Tax, Marriage License, Medicare, Property, Real Estate, Service Charge, Social Security, Road Usage Tax, Sales Tax, Recreational Vehicle, School Tax, State Income, State Unemployment, 7 Different Taxes on your Telephone, Utility Tax, Vehicle License Registration, Vehicle Sales, Watercraft Registration, Well Permit and Workers Compensation Tax —- just to name a few.

And to think we left British rule to avoid excessive taxation!

Still think this is funny? Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago and our nation was the most prosperous in the world — we had absolutely no national debt and we had the largest middle class in the world. What happened?

Politicians happened! We need to purchase toilet paper and Preparation H by the boat load. Obviously our Congress needs it because they are full of it.

Wayland G. Abernathy Jr.