NY: Number One in Taxes, Number One in Our Hearts

Here’s a feel good story to start off the week. Apparently New York, your state and mine, home to the Yankees, Junior’s Cheesecake, and Viva Juan in Farmingdale, has the highest taxes then any other state in the country. That’s right, we’re number one! Take a bow!

I know there are some of you who are probably thinking, “But John, New York only just raised taxes on rich people, and all rich people are criminals. It’s not fair that they, or anyone else, make more money than I do, so they owe me some of it.” You would think so, huh? Yet apparently it’s not just those evil rich people who are getting it up the…err, I mean having taxes – or “fees” raised.

So sayeth the always fair and balanced “Wall Street Journal…”

Oh, and it isn’t just high earners who get smacked. The new budget raises another $2 billion or so on top of the $4 billion in income taxes with some 100 new taxes, fees, fines, surcharges and penalties to be paid by all New York residents. There are new charges for cell phone usage, fishing permits, health insurance (the “sick tax”), electric bills, and on bottled water, cigars, beer and wine. A New York Post analysis found that a typical family of four with an income below $100,000 would pay more than $800 a year in higher taxes and fees.

This is advertised as a plan of “shared sacrifice,” but the group that is most responsible for New York’s budget woes, the all-powerful public employee unions, somehow walk out of this with a 3% pay increase. The state is receiving an estimated $10 billion in federal stimulus money, and Democrats are spending every cent while raising the state budget by 9%. Then they insist with a straight face that taxes are the only way to close the budget deficit.

The part aboot the unions makes me particularly happy, because my favourite part of the stimulus was when President Obama, since he’s more of the same as President Bush and signs executive orders when no one is looking, signed one saying that all jobs “created” by the stimulus bill goes to the unions. So those 3.5 million jobs that are “created” or “saved” are actually 3.5 million paychecks for union bosses to take money out of, pocket some for themselves, and kick some back to the Democrat party in the way of campaign contributions and PAC money.

And all this on your tax dollars that we have to borrow from the Chinese in the first place, and stick our kids and grandkids with the bill. It almost makes you wish that someone was planning a protest in the area for you to speak out against it.

Speaking of which…

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