Thursday, March 26, 2009

Daley Has the City in HIs Back Pocket

I am an active voter. But not just for politicians. What I do best is vote with my taxable dollars where and with whom I spend my money. And I am sure that many others in the Chicago area do the same thing. For example, I will not buy gas in Cook County. I was working a part-time job that took me to the South Side three times a week. I wasn't too far from the Indiana border, so when the gas got low, I drove into Indiana and filled up my tank. My tax dollars went to Indiana and not Illinois. And guess what? I wasn't alone.

Even the Illinois vans that deliver Meals on Wheels were filling up at a gas station in Indiana. How many people now buy their bottled water in the suburbs? I do. Ever since the mayor and his band of 50 aldermen decided that a nickel tax on each bottle of water was what people should pay, I now stock up whenever I go to Sam's Club in Northlake. So the city not only lost regular taxes out of me on the water, they also won't get the special taxes as well.

I was watching the news the other day and a female newscaster explained how she was now going to the malls to get her nails done. She had tired of dealing with the parking meters and the limited amount of time. So her regular nail technician lost a customer, and the city has lost out on any additional revenue she might have spent.

I've just read a story where the Maxwell Street Market, since relocated to Canal Street, is now losing vendors. Say what you may about the market, but it did draw people out to spend money-and the merchants there benefited from the throngs of people shopping. Many of the vendors are now opting for Swap-O-Rama at 41st and Ashland. So far, they haven't left the city, but how long before they too-tired and fed up-start looking elsewhere?

For all the talk the mayor does about shortfalls in the city's budget, there's one area needing increased revenue and a great deal more of the mayor's attention: encouraging people to shop in the city. Who in their right mind wants to drive downtown and pay over $20 for parking just to shop? Who wants to spend their money trying to figure out the complex parking meter rules and regulations? Who really wants to go downtown to see a bean (a.k.a. Millennium Park's Cloud Gate)? Is Chicago for Chicagoans or are we the mere background players in the mayor's grandiose quest to have listed in his political obituary the line, "And he brought the Olympics to Chicago."

When will we as citizens, who continue to vote with our pocketbooks by not spending money in the city, work to get others to vote this mayor out of office? A mayor whose greed for a possible Chicago Olympics has him repaving roads in Washington Park while the rest of us risk our lives in our neighborhoods with potholes the size of small craters.

When will we as citizens demand a true accounting of the city's finances? Why is there always a budget shortfall that ends up resulting in taxes increasing? Yet, there are millions of dollars in TIF funds that the mayor spends like it's his own personal checking account.

Pay attention Chicago, pay attention. We are in an economy where every dime matters. When those who are in charge of the money become careless with it, we need to hold them accountable.

When money suddenly becomes available to make the ride on city streets comfortable for the visiting Olympic committee, but there's no money to make the city's residents' ride comfortable, the message becomes clear-we the citizens are not the ones for whom the mayor serves.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

My mantra to Chicago has been to Pay Attention. Is it working?

I am so glad to hear of the destruction of parking meters where people are pissed off in an economy where every dime matters to let the mayor, his band of fifty theives and others know that Chicagoans aren't going to sit back and allow meters to be outdoor bandits.

Next will be those red light cameras. A paint ball gun and black or orange paintballs can send an even better message.



They are taking more of your quarters every day. And Chicagoans are in revolt. While some are saying enough by avoiding them, others are taking out their frustrations on the parking meters - literally! CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports with the anger behind the new meter rate increases.

You think eight is enough? How about 12? That's how many quarters buy an hour of parking time in some places now. And its why some people have had enough.

Near Broadway and Addison, meter after meter are broken.

"I called the company and I said I don't want a ticket," one woman said.

LAZ is a Chicago company which collects the money for the New York owner which paid the city $1.2 billion to lease the city's 36,000 meters for 75 years. They've pasted new stickers on them, doubled the rates to as much as a quarter for five minutes in the Loop. That's $3 an hour to $2 an hour in many other neighborhoods. People are angry.

"People come into this neighborhood for entertainment reasons, and you can't anymore because meters are so expensive," said Joe DiSalvo.

And people are frustrated.

"It's jammed," a woman said.

CBS 2 called the company, too; twice to New York, another to Chicago. They didn't call back. We also called the city. They called back but basically said, 'not our meters anymore, not our problem anymore.'

Enter a guy who calls himself 'Mike The Parking Ticket Geek.' He contacted us via Twitter and showed us his website,, which he used to give people advice on how to beat parking tickets. The site has become a lightning rod for peoples' complaints about the new rates and operators.

Mike says the people who are writing to him have a sense of "anger, frustration, rage in some cases."

To the point where some, it appears, are vandalizing the meters. Pictures on Mike's website show meters deliberately smashed, taken apart, spray-painted, or deliberately jammed.

"People suggest taking a quarter, putting some super glue on it, and putting it in the coin slot," Mike said.

That jams the meter and everyone parks for free. Or not at all.

All over the city, we saw stretches of meters empty in places where people had been fighting for spots. Having to put in 12 quarters an hour was either too inconvenient or too expensive.

The credit card meters, promised for the entire city within six months, are still rare. And peoples' patience is wearing thin.

"Some people write me and say, 'this is the last straw, my condo is for sale, sales tax, red light cameras.' It's just too much for some people,'" Mike said.

The meter people have said they hope to get things straightened out by April 10th. Some have suggested a moratorium on tickets until they do. But with the city having given up the proceeds from the meters but still getting the revenue for the tickets, the meter revolt may fall on deaf ears.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Oprah's Show Today on Domestic Violence

I wish she would have brought on the ex-girlfriend of the man who liked to be beaten and then take a shower and then they would have sex. MIXED MESSAGE QUEEN is what I would call her.

And Sir's wife seemed addictive to whatever he offered because I didn't believe her for a second that she would get up and leave. As for the black guy, whose name I don't remember, his wife as well didn't give me the impression that she was doing that much leaving.

But most important, Oprah never addressed the issue of women who like to hit. And after dramatically stating that "Chris Brown Hit Rihanna", she came back after the break and had to correct herself to say "it is allegedged that Chris Brown Hit Rihanna."

I am not supporting Chris Brown. But years ago there was a tv show that would show what happened from four points of view. And until we learn the truth, that is how we should look at Chris Brown and Rihanna.

For example, let's say that Rihanna was headbutting Chris as he drove causing him to possibly lose control. She does it one more time in trying to get the keys from the ignition and he uses his elbow and forarm to steady and hold her head while he stops. He could in a scenario like that almost choke her because his strenght was on steading the wheel and not on her.

A major fight inside a tight car where the woman is beaten like Rihanna was may mean some of the injuries weren't from a beating but a sudden stop to the car. I'd like to see someone reinact all that happened. I bet it is not easy to do.

Pay Attention Chicago

While every day the average driver has to play Pothole Roulette driving up and down Chicago's streets and even in the alleys, the mayor finds the money to repave Washington Park. Let's REPAY the mayor by making sure he doesn't get re-elected in 2011!

Mixed Messages on Domestic Violence

I remember the first time a boyfriend of mine hit me. We were living together in his apartment and we got into a dispute. He decided to show me who was in control, and the memory isn't clear how and where he hit me, but he did.

What I do remember is watching him leave the building from our ninth-floor apartment and him going off to do whatever he felt the need to go do. I remember it was a Sunday afternoon and once he left, I grabbed the Reader and went through the list of apartments for rent.

I called the owner of an apartment that met my requirements, and he agreed to let me see the apartment on Monday night. On Tuesday he called me and told me I had gotten the apartment.

On Wednesday I gave him a month-and-a-half rent plus a month's security deposit and on Saturday I moved out. My advice to all women is to never leave yourself without an "out" and the money to be able to get out.

When I heard the news story about Chris Brown and Rihanna, I always go back to when I got hit. I won't say I was beaten, because had he hit me to do a lot of bodily injury, he would have ended up six feet under and I probably would have ended up in jail.

My mother always told me never to be brave when a man hits you. But at the same time, if a man beats you, he had better not go to sleep.

While I agree that domestic violence is a serious issue, I wonder what kinds of messages our society is putting out in regards to that issue. Over the past 40 years we have told girls that they could do anything. If they want to be on the boy's football team, they can. If they want to wrestle with boys, they can. If they want to box, they can.

We also teach our boys to not let anyone beat up on them, to defend themselves, while quietly adding in that they shouldn't hit a girl. We don't loudly tell girls not to hit a boy because if he hits her back, she can get hurt. Very badly hurt. We are making the mistake of believing that the message we want to send is being sent, even if it's a mixed message.

I was watching two of my favorite shows, Cheaters at noon and Maury Povich. Those shows always, whether they mean to or not, show the mindset of people in some of their rawest moments.

And what is amazing is the number of women who are the first to lash out at their male mates. If the man is cheating, the woman walks up when she catches him and begins to pound on him.

On Maury, if the man has cheated or is denying that he is the father, the woman is always jumping out of her seat to attack him. Of course, if in any of the cases the man hits them back and they are injured, they will be the first to scream the loudest about being a victim.

I also got a chance to see Oprah's show where she did her commentary on domestic violence, especially the episode where she had Tyler Perry on as a guest. If my memory serves me correct, Oprah's original claim to fame came when she played the role of Sophia in The Color Purple and was supposed to be the victim of domestic violence, except she kicked Harpo's behind.

And in the case of Tyler Perry, his main character Madea is known to stroke a gun and encourage "involuntary manslaughter." Don't these movies send messages telling women not to be the victim, to stand up to a man and, yet, when they are the loser in the fight, then they can claim to be one?

The mixed message this society sends in regards to what is labeled "domestic violence" is part of the reason that the problem cannot be as black and white as we want it to be.

I suggest people first take a look at the elementary schoolyards if we really want to see some of the roots of the problem. There you will see either gender freely and willingly engaging in fisticuffs with the opposite sex and neither gender has had any home training in regards to how they should behave.

As for Chris Brown and Rihanna, I want to hear from both sides. The inside of a car is a pretty tight spot to have all those things happen. Plus on one of the tabloid shows, they had a picture of Chris Brown filling up the gas tank of the car just prior to the incident with Rihanna.

While at the gas station, there were a couple of bodyguards preventing anyone from getting too close to Chris Brown. What happened to those bodyguards between the fill up at the gas station and the ensuing fight inside the car?

And when one is the victim and calls the police for intervention, then the victim cannot change their mind after the fact. That, too, can lead to sending the worst message of all. That is being the victim only when it serves them to be one.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Best News In A Long Time!

March 17, 2009 (WLS) -- A group of protestors is planning a less-than warm welcome for members of the international Olympic committee.
An organization called No Games Chicago says it now has a permit to protest in Federal Plaza April 2. That's the first day of the International Olympic Committee's evaluation commission visit.
The group also wants to march to the Chicago 2016 offices in the Aon Building. It's unclear whether police will allow that to happen.
No Games Chicago represents a variety of groups with gripes about everything from affordable housing to mass transit. Leaders say money spent on the Olympics would be better invested in neighborhoods

Monday, March 16, 2009

Will All Americans Have To Toughen Up When It Comes To Presiddent Obama

This is the lastest controversy. Personally it doesn't phase me. But I will now begin the count to see how many people email me with the "outraged" and "indignant" emails about this product.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

African-Costa Rican Running For President

She wants to be the country's first black president. She paints herself as an agent of change who will take on special interests. Eleven weeks before the primary, she trails a more-experienced opponent in the polls. Still, she hopes to build a broad base by reaching out to young people through the Internet.
Sound familiar?

People are calling Epsy Campbell the Barack Obama of Costa Rica. Campbell, a charismatic activist who recently announced a run for president, dismisses the comparison. But she said she has been deeply inspired by Obama. She attended the Democratic National Convention, closely followed the campaign and cried when Obama won.

''He broke the glass ceiling for African Americans and Afro-descendents in Latin America and around the world,'' she said.

Campbell would be the first president in Latin America and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean to identify themselves as black, said Tanya Hernandez, a professor at George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. Her campaign marks a milestone in a region where, according to historian George Reid Andrews, 22 percent of the population identifies as having African ancestry.

''Like Obama's election, [her win] would bring a great sense of hope to people,'' said Hernandez, who is familiar with Campbell's work. ``It may be just one person, but it's a vision we never thought we'd see.''


Campbell, whose grandparents and great grandparents immigrated to Costa Rica from Jamaica in the early 1900s, is an active member of the left-leaning Citizen Action Party (PAC), the most powerful opposition party in Costa Rica. In 2006, she ran for vice president on a ticket with party founder Ottón Solís. They lost by one percentage point.

Campbell now plans to challenge Solís in the party's primary on May 31. Like Obama, she has vowed to fight for justice and opportunity, for better schools, jobs and healthcare. She has promised to work with ideological foes to build consensus and tackle national problems.

''The traditional political class remains anchored to the past, polarizing us rather than seeking dialogue, responding to special interests rather than seeking agreement,'' she said at a Feb. 16 news conference announcing her run. ``It is time to inspire people, to tap into the energy that will generate change in this country.''

In an echo of one of Obama's favorite phrases, she added, 'The most important word must not be `I,' but 'we,' the people.''

A prolific writer and speaker, Campbell has worked as an international consultant on race and gender issues, and she was coordinator of the Network of Afro-Latin American and Afro-Caribbean Women from 1997 to 2001.

She said Costa Rica's racial and ethnic diversity merits greater recognition. But in a country where just 2 percent of the population identifies itself black, Campbell appears to be moving beyond racial politics, just as Obama did.

''Let's talk about my ideas and the vision I have,'' she said in response to a question about race. ``Let's see each other as equals, like the human beings we are.''

Campbell is 45, the same age as Obama when he announced his candidacy. Like Obama, she is seeking to reach out to young voters through a broad Internet campaign.

Campbell hosted two online chats last month, and she posts frequently on the social networking websites Facebook and Twitter. Just as Obama promised to reveal his vice presidential pick first to those who signed up for his text-messaging alerts, so Campbell's Facebook friends were first to learn about her run for president.

''Because you were the first to support me, I want you to be the first to hear the news,'' she wrote in a Facebook message minutes before announcing her candidacy.

Cristian Cambronero, a 28-year-old blogger who is coordinating Campbell's Internet strategy, is wary about comparing the two leaders. Still, he said he was inspired by Obama's campaign.

''Obama did not merely have a presence on the Internet; he encouraged people to actively participate,'' Cambronero said. ``No one can ignore that example.''

Even Campbell's challenges echo Obama's. Like Obama, Campbell's national political experience is limited to a four-year term in the legislature.

Solís, in addition to serving as lawmaker, was Planning Minister, a board member of the Central Bank and a two-time presidential candidate. Solís' supporters say he would be better able to guide Costa Rica through a global financial crisis.

''This is an airplane in the middle of a big storm. We need very good pilots,'' said political analyst Rodolfo Cerdas. ``Epsy still has to mature politically.''


Campbell trailed Solís by 56 percentage points in a CID-Gallup poll of party stalwarts in January, before she announced her candidacy. Still, the same poll showed the two candidates tied among the general voting public. In the coming weeks, Campbell said, she will encourage thousands of new voters to register with PAC. She will hold town-hall style meetings throughout the country, she said, and solicit small contributions from ``everyday folks.''

''Our movement . . . will launch a registration campaign like our country has never seen before,'' she said.

Campbell rejects the idea that she is merely emulating Obama. She points out that she became active in politics eight years ago, long before Obama became an international celebrity.

But, she said, she has learned from his example and identifies with his vision. In a blog post the day after the November elections, Campbell suggested she would follow Obama's lead.

''I promise to do my part, because it will take many Obamas, men and women, to eliminate injustice,'' she wrote.

''Epsy is the Costa Rican Obama,'' a man named José blogged in response. ``Let's go! Yes we can!''

All Crime are based on Hate!

We live in a pluralistic society. We are from different races, cultures, ethnicities and sexual orientations. It would be nice to claim that as a society, all of our interactions are as varied as the members of this society. But it is not so. When anyone in this society is the victim of a crime, is there ever a time when, as the victim, you don't feel that the perpetrator hates you?

Sometimes they hate you just to rob you. Other times they hate you just to kill you. There is no way the victim can feel anything but hatred coming from the perpetrator when they are on the receiving end of a crime. Several years back, an additional level of criminal complaint was added to the law. Many blacks pushed for "hate" as an additional level to charge in a crime.

Now, I can understand why there can be degrees of murder. The levels, like first degree or second degree murder and involuntary manslaughter, are based on the intent or lack of intent in the killing of a person. There is a difference between purposely running over someone with a car or accidentally hitting them with a car. In either scenario, the person ends up dead.

But can we really take something as intangible as "hate" and make it a multi-dimensional level to a crime? Because for "hate" crimes to work, there has to be a difference between the victim and the perpetrator with respect to race, culture, ethnicity or sexual orientation. Otherwise, 100 percent of the murders committed by blacks against other blacks should be a "hate" crime.

As blacks, we look at each other more than any other groups in terms of skin color (light-skin or dark-skin), hair texture (nappy hair or "good" hair), or some other physical characteristic (fat, big lips, flat behind, etc.). Any of those comments could be used to construe an underlying reason of "hatred" in the contact between the victim and the perpetrator. And blacks cannot expect to be viewed solely as the recipients of "hate" crimes when it comes to differences of race, culture, ethnicity or sexual orientation. We can be the perpetrators of them as well.

Two cases came to my mind when I thought of "hate" crimes. One is the case of Brandon McClelland out of Paris, Texas. Brandon was a black man who was out drinking with two white friends when something went wrong. Brandon left the truck he was in and those white friends ended up running him over and dragging his body for miles. Brandon's mother wanted the two white perpetrators charged with a "hate" crime. On the surface it sounded similar to the James Byrd case where he too was dragged to his death. Except when it came to Brandon, he had been friends for years with the two accused of killing him.

The friendship was so close that years back, Brandon had been in a car with another white friend and that white friend ended up getting shot in the head and killed by Brandon. When that happened, one of the two men now accused in Brandon's murder lied for Brandon to protect him and ended up serving time in prison for telling that lie. Brandon was never charged with a "hate" crime in killing the white friend, so it made it difficult to charge the white friends with a "hate" crime when it came to Brandon.

This weekend while at an event in Michigan, I was joined at the table by a woman who I had casually met previously. As I looked at her face, it was black and blue. Her hand was wrapped in a cast. She looked like the poster child for a victim of domestic violence. She knew her face looked like hell because she immediately said, "I'm the one that has been on the news. You know, the bus driver attacked by a student." I had to admit to her that I hadn't seen the video, but as soon as I got home and saw it on the Internet, that attack was pure hatred. To see the video of the attack, please visit my blog.

Watching the attack wasn't easy. And because the audio was working, I got to hear what was said. As I listened and watched, it became clear that because he mentions her race, his beating of her could be labeled a "hate" crime. But had he said the same thing to a black bus driver, no "hate" charges would have been filed.

As this country moves forward, let's make a crime a crime without the hate label because "hate" is at the foundation of all crimes.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Sunday, March 08, 2009

School Bus Driver Beaten By "student"

I know there is a reason why I could never do this job. And then again, this young man would have probably met his maker if he ran into me. I had previously seen this woman and then today when I saw her, her face looked like she was Rihanna running into Chris Brown. If the boy in the video was my son, he would have every bone in his hands broke.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Who Goes Fishing In the Ocean in a 21 Foot Rowboat

When i first heard the story of the missing NFL players who had taken a boat out on the ocean to go fishing, I wasn't very curious. First off, NFL players are highly paid, so if they went out on a boat, I presumed it would be a yacht, possible a huge motorboat with a cabin. At the least, I expected to it would be a seaworthy vehicle.

My curiosity was peaked tremendously when news came that one person was found, "clinging" to the boat. When I first saw the photo, the person appeared to just be sitting on the boat awaiting rescue. That seemed suspicious to me. My gut feeling is that there is something deeper going on here.

Sorry folks, but a 21 foot boat is the just five feet longer than a Cadillac Escalade. That is not a big boat. So why would four men go fishing in the ocean in a boat that most of us wouldn't take to the middle of Lake Michigan?

Plus check out this video of the grieving widow.

I pray this story turns out to be a real accident and not murder.

Immigration is Still A Major Issue That Our Politicians Won't Address

Immigration, illegal and legal is still the five hundred pound gorilla in the room that our politicians refused to address. For example, even though most folks know that President Obama signed the 787 billion dollar stimulus act, what most folks don’t know is that the Democrats in the Senate quietly removed the E-verify portion. Our country unemployment rate is nearing ten percent and our elected officials are not concerned that the work that will come from the stimulus bill will go to American citizens first.

Just two weeks ago, day laborers rallied at the corner of Milwaukee and Belmont asking Mayor Daley for more jobs for them. Wait a second! Day laborers rallying for work? Are those some of the same folks who don’t have the proper paperwork to work and be in this country and they rally for jobs? What about the citizens of this city who are being taxed to death to provide everything under the sun that this society offers – immigration status be damned?

I have found it very interesting that a variety of newspapers are now reporting that the United States isn’t looking like such a wonderful place to remain in during this period of hard economics times. The Tribune magazine that comes with the Sunday paper had a headline story in January. It told of how Polish “immigrants” are no longer flocking to Chicago. The jest of the story was that those Poles who came into this country on student visas and then just stayed are now considering returning to Poland. Some of the reasons given are the better economic times in Poland, their ability to get jobs in any countries that are a part of the European Union and Immigration and Custom Enforcement raids.

I have seen a variety of stories about Mexicans who are returning to Mexico, sending fewer remittances back or are just opting to stay in Mexico because of the economic conditions in this country. A very interesting story in a newspaper this week spoke about how for Latinos who are U.S. citizens already, the issue of immigration is low on their priority list. They too are suffering from the rough financial times and have issues like economics, education and health care higher on their main concern list than immigration.

Now another story is making the news. That a huge number of highly educated Chinese and Indian individuals are leaving the United States and returning to their native countries. Why? Because those countries are now offering good job opportunities and many didn’t feel like they adjusted well to living here. Many of those workers who came to this country on H1-B visa replaced American workers. As an H1-B visa holder, they don’t pay federal taxes and yet they benefit from everything this society offers. And as with all who come to this country, legally and illegally, if they have children born here, those kids are automatically given U.S. citizenship due to no one having challenged the true legal interpretation of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.

Can this country continue to be the “ala carte menu” for any and all peoples of the world who can pick and choose when and how they want to participate in it? Can we afford to be the final destination when times are good and the first departure when times get tough? Can we continue to ignore the immigration issues that are going on in this country while our politicians quiver in their boots in order to try to be “politically correct”?

I am not ashamed to be an American citizen. I am not a xenophobe or anti-immigrant. But I am a realist. And reality is a cruel acknowledgement that as a country, we have to be concerned about this country first. For those of us who this is our “home” country, we need to speak out and stand up for what we the people want. We cannot pay for a tax recovery for this country while helping to fulfill the desires of those here illegally or those who were brought into this country legally to displace Americans from jobs so that CEOs can make millions and shareholders get dividends.

If you have never seen the ABC show Homeland Security which airs on Tuesday nights, check it out. It is also available over the internet on the ABC homepage. It gives a pretty fair handed insight into what this country is facing and should be required viewing for everyone.

Monday, March 02, 2009


Received this from a friend. How very true!

Tax his land, Tax his bed, Tax the table at which he's fed.
Tax his tractor, Tax his mule, Teach him taxes are the rule.
Tax his work, Tax his pay, He works for peanuts anyway!
Tax his cow, Tax his goat, Tax his pants, Tax his coat.Tax his ties, Tax his shirt, Tax his work, Tax his dirt.
Tax his tobacco, Tax his drink, Tax him if he tries to think.Tax his cigars, Tax his beers, If he cries Tax his tears.
Tax his car, Tax his gas, Find other ways To tax him fast!
Tax all he has Then let him know That you won't be done Till he has no dough.
When he screams and hollers, Then tax him more, Tax him till He's good and sore.
Then tax his coffin, Tax his grave, Tax the sod in which he's laid.
Put these words upon his tomb, Taxes drove me to my doom
When he's gone, Do not relax, It's time to apply The inheritance tax.

Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
CDL license Tax
Cigarette Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog LicenseTax
Excise Taxes
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel Permit Tax
Gasoline Tax (42 cents per gallon)
Gross Receipts Tax
Hunting License Tax
Inheritance Tax
Inventory Tax
IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
Liquor Tax
Luxury Taxes
Marriage License Tax
Medicare Tax
Personal Property Tax
Privilege Tax
Property Tax
Real Estate Tax
Recreational Vehicle Tax
Road Usage Tax
Service Charge Tax
Social Security Tax
Sales Tax
School Tax
State Income Tax
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Telephone Federal Excise Tax
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Tax
Telephone State and Local Tax
Telephone Usage Charge Tax
Use Tax
Utility Taxes
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax
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,had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.

What in the world happened? Can you spell 'politicians!
And I still have to press 1 for English!?!?!?!?
I hope this goes around THE USA at least 100 times!!!!!
YOU can help it get there!!!!