Tax and Spend - Why does government
think they are entitled?
By Marvin Seibert
July 14, 2006
I been following comments in this forum of the Sitnews online
news service and are dumbfounded by some of the comments I have
read on Taxation. Mr. Bergeron wants 50% or more of the oil company
profits. Let me ask anyone out there, would you settle for 50%
of your paycheck? I realize that we are if you put Gross against
Net but I'm talking about 50% of net. Would you continue to work?
The oil companies invest X amount of dollars for a return of
a predictable amount of money. Does anybody believe that the
oil companies would not raise their prices to make up for such
a money grab? Don't you believe that we the consumer will make
up the difference? What arrogance leads the government to believe
they are entitled to 50% of the profits? Right now the oil companies
make approximately 14 cents for every gallon of gasoline that
is sold, the state and federal government make anywhere from
40-50 cents per gallon, they do not make the investment, they
don't do the work, they do not even take the financial risk!
They even force the service station owners to be their tax collectors.
It is easy to start class warfare and say "Let's Tax BIG
Oil" but remember we all get our energy products from that
"BIG" oil company that government promotes jealously
about. If you want more expensive energy, bigger government,
higher taxes Mr. Bergeron is your choice.
On Ballot in August is a host of new taxes to dampen and cripple
the tourist industry. The $50 a head tax, the 33% Gambling tax
on Cruise ships, and a corporate tax as well. The people of Southeastern
Alaska that own small businesses that profit from tourism should
remember if that money that normally goes to buying souvenirs
has to go to Taxes we all will be worst off. The average Tourist
is on a limited budget, most saving years to take a cruise, and
if they have to pay more for that cruise they will definitely
cut back on the amount they spend in our local town economy.
If the cruise ships have to pay larger taxes they won't loose
money they will just raise their rates. I say vote against these
draconian taxes and keep the money flowing into the small business
owner's pocket, not some bureaucrat's bottomless pit!
Government needs taxes, but they don't need the amount that punishes
achievement of the small business owner of Alaska! When it comes
right down to it, do we know how to spend the money better at
the local level or does the state and federal government know?
Colorado Spring, CO - USA
About: "I currently reside
in Colorado Springs and enjoy visiting Ketchikan and all it's
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