I complain about taxes. A lot. I hate taxes. I hate insulting fact that more and more money is taken out of my paycheck as time goes by (and that I pay an unfairly large percentage of each dollar compared to many other groups of tax-payers), yet the government continues to spend it on every program imaginable, as if it were their own personal stash to run wild with in a candy store.
Taxes, currently, are not my biggest concern though. Up here in the northwest, we're suffering some of that de-regulation/poor management syndrome with electrical power. You know, where they shut down our nuclear plants, then we live mostly on hydro-power. Then nobody builds more power plants because it's easier to just charge more than build more . . .
And thanks to this, our eletric bills will make California look like a cakewalk come the end of this year. By October, it has been stated that our monthly bills will likely triple. This means that as a single person who usually has nothing more than a few computers, a fan and a light running -- I will be paying almost $200/mo to Portland General Electric.
My mother is the only one who brings home an income in her household. My grandmother lives with her, but has long ago retired. My brother and sister aren't even old enough to drive, let alone hold a job. Until my grandfather passed away, she also supported him. -- so this five person household had a hefty eletricity bill -- somewhere around $300 in the winter. Steep, but at least it could be afforded, even if at the cost of other needs.
My mother, who still works a fast food job because she can't afford to let her children or herself go without medical benefits during her transition to the field she has her degree in, doesn't bring much home in the way of money. When the electric bill triples, she'll have to pay more each month to Portland General Electric than she even brings home in her pay-check. And, of course, there are only so many lights that can be turned off.
So this is tied into the tax issue, by virtue of our government. The same government who enjoys taxing us to into oblivion and lives on our wallets like some diseased parasite on the back of a dog continue to find ways to pull from our pockets. If it isn't directly by taxes, it's taxation-by-proxy due to their stupidity and horrendous regulation in other areas such as electricity, gas, housing and whatever else you can dream of. Instead of fighting each other over class and pay checks, I'd like to see everyone fight the government beuracracy and self-rightous self-granted access to our bank accounts that beurocrats excersize at their whim. Instead of attacking people ecause you make $25k and someone else makes $200k and you think they should be taxed into low-income housing, both groups should take great offense at the cut-throat thievery they're both subjected to. It's too easy to be divided and conquered otherwise.
I just read K5 for the articles.