Americans better hide their wallets because here comes the government. For right now, only the state of New York really needs to worry, but with all the bailouts and a new stimulus plan on the table and the incoming new president, we can all expect to be nickled and dimed in the future – the near future.
New York Governor David Paterson unveiled New York’s budget for the next year, a whopping $121 billion. The problem with the budget is that it is underfunded by $15.4 billion. In my household, when the monthly budget is bigger than the monthly income that means CUTS have to be made. No eating out or movies for that month. Maybe we eat more macaroni and cheese. The government, particularly when under Democratic rule, does not react that way. Oh no, they cannot make cuts. They make increases to programs and then steal more of our money. For instance, Gov. Paterson is raising welfare payouts. To be fair, there will be layoffs for some government employees and Paterson is going to cut school aid (whatever that means).
Here are just a few examples of the new fees and taxes that the Governor is proposing as reported by the NY Daily News:
I’m placing bets that sales revenues will drop in New York as people flee to nearby states like New Jersey to do their shopping. Governor Paterson used the old standby, “We’re going to have to take some extreme measures.” Haven’t we been hearing that for months from government officials? Too bad those drastic measures don’t include them making drastic cuts to their wasteful programs.
Of course the liberals in New York are sour on these increases because they want the rich to foot more of the bill. Billy Easton, executive director of the Alliance for Quality Education said, “We will be fighting this tooth and nail. We think it is irresponsible to make this level of cuts and not ask the wealthiest New Yorkers to help ease the pain.” This level of cuts?! What a joke! Although it is fascinating how New York will be going after the schools rather than welfare and other unnecessary programs. Let’s see how many fecal paintings they are sponsoring in museums and then judge whether the wealthy need to pony up some cash.