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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