Letter:What is sequester? It's a spending, not tax problem


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Originally Posted Online: March 06, 2013, 11:20 am
Last Updated: March 08, 2013, 9:20 am
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What is sequester?

Everyone, especially politicians, has a definition, even I have one. I believe it's a budget problem. In Sunday's Dispatch: There'll be no raise in property taxes. On Monday I got my sewer bill. New tax, 3 percent rise. We've had a gas tax, food tax also raised in the past. Now the state says to help solve its financial problem, which state government created, it will push it down to local governments. This can only create more taxes.

In our federal government, one side says we don't have a spending problem, we have a tax problem. The other side says we've got a spending problem, not a tax problem. Pick the side you want to believe.

"We'll not raise taxes on the middle class or poor:" I guess these aren't taxes, just gifts to the government for taking care of us.

If sequester is such a terrible thing, then why does government force sequester on those who can afford it least? Those on fixed incomes and the poor face sequester every day.

I'm sure there's a politician who can explain how we'll benefit from these taxes that aren't, to them, really taxes.

Marty Shannon,
Rock Island

















 



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1864 -- 150 years ago: The Rock Island Paper Mill is now operating. It is an establishment which our people ought to encourage by saving all rags for the mill, where you can get cash and the highest prices for them.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market Square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Henry Kramer was elected president of the Tri-City Typothetae Franklin Club, which took the place of the Tri-City Ben Franklin Club.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mrs. Floyd Furh, Illinois City, was first-place winner in the second annual Gov. Horner Farm floral contest.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Nearly 4,000 people are expected to attend weekend sessions of the Jehovah's Witnesses Assembly being held at the Masonic Temple.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The B-29 Super-Fortress bomber is impressive looking, and it did the job during World War II. Its claim to fame is dropping the atomic bombs in Japan to end the war. Only one B-29 is operational in the world today. It is on display at the Quad City Airport in Moline until Friday.






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