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Editorial: A message to WCN employees and to all American workers




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January 9, 2013 | 2,459 views | 56 comments

This is an open message to employees of the Wilson County News and to all American workers. I don’t know how you voted in the last election; I didn’t tell anyone how to vote.

I did, of course, voice my opinion about what I thought would happen if President Barack Obama was re-elected, We are just beginning to see the results of Obama’s re-election in real time, beginning with the compromise/capitulation over the media-hyped “fiscal cliff.”

You may or may not know what the fiscal cliff is all about. Perhaps you’ve been hearing about it and reading about it, but think it doesn’t affect you. This is a warning that what you have been hearing on the news has not been the full or even an honest story.

Or, perhaps you have not been paying attention to the news at all -- but I have news for you. Your next paycheck will bring it home to you, as you are facing your very own personal fiscal cliff. Up until now, everything you have heard or read about the fiscal crisis was about “saving the middle class” and making taxes more “fair” by making the rich pay more. So what happens now?

The weasels in Congress caved and agreed to sock it to the rich. How will that help the economy? Poor folks don’t hire people and create jobs. And, since neither I nor any of the WCN employees are considered rich according to this fiscal cliff “rescue package,” does that mean we have escaped the ravages of this sleazy legislation?

Think again. I know that everything in the media has been about “saving” 99 percent of American households from additional taxes. In fact, the headline on the press release sent out last week by our congressman read: Congress Acts to Protect the Middle Class.

Nothing was said about the very real tax increase that will hit every hardworking taxpayer. That is the one you are about to see on your next paycheck.

I feel bad about it, but because this fiscal cliff nonsense did not address the issue of Social Security taxes withheld, an additional 2 percent will be withheld from your next check. This could amount to about $40 a month for a salary of $25,000 to about $85 a month on a salary of $50,000.

At best, this could mean one less time to eat out for a family. Certainly, the amount is significant enough to throw off a tight family budget.

The fact is, this increase in Social Security taxes to workers is all part of the big smoke and mirrors game being played in Washington. And we middle class Americans are being used as pawns.

You see, last year Obama reduced the amount of Social Security taxes to be withheld from workers. He did this in order to win favor with voters: See. I lowered taxes for middle class Americans!

But this year, when Congress and the administration are playing hardball, taxes went back to where they were before. Now politicians argue whether or not this is a tax increase. So, is that a tax increase or not? The administration claims that it is not.

Congress saw fit to include subsidies to Hollywood producers, NASCAR, rum producers, and alternative energy such as algae and electric scooters. That was $76 billion (with a “B”) to political favorites, but nothing for the American worker.

So, when you look at your paycheck, tell me what you think. Was this a tax increase, or just an adjustment in the interest of fairness?
 

Your Opinions and Comments

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
January 17, 2013 3:42pm
 
4GT.....I read that no Republican candidate for President has received more that 15 percent of the black vote since LBJ signed the Voting Rights act in 1965. With at least 85 percent of blacks voting for all those white ... More ›

 
4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
January 17, 2013 12:31pm
 
It's still a free county, but not as free as it use to be...you may believe as you wish. Most of my comments are not ones that I want to argue or have discussions about....they are merely my views on matters. If you really ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
January 17, 2013 10:38am
 
4th Gen Texan.....I was not aware of the overwhelming black vote for the Democrat party in past elections, so being made aware of that fact, there is no possible way that I can spin the racial factor any longer. It would ... More ›

 
4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
January 17, 2013 8:43am
 
You should consider: 1) Gore was VP for Bill Clinton who was very popular in the Black community...ever heard the phrase, "First Black president" referring to Bill Clinton? Gore had no record of his own in the ... More ›

 
4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
January 17, 2013 8:33am
 
of course you are right...absolutely no racism involved in 93% of blacks voting for O. And Hitler liked Jews, Stalin liked everyone, Russians hate Vodka, Mexicans hate menudo, liberals believe in fiscal constraint and it is ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
January 17, 2013 5:41am
 
ALVIN....YOU ARE RIGHT. Thank you for the information. I normally do not fall for the popular spin. I fell for this one, hook, line and sinker. I guess that I just wanted it to be true to ease the agony of defeat. I did not ... More ›

 
Alvin Charmaine  
January 17, 2013 2:41am
 
Prairie would you like me to refute the 90% thiing? Gladly. 90% of blacks voted for Gore. Is that racism? Quite contrarily it is easy to see that they are voting against what they perceive to be racism. Just like the jews, ... More ›

 
4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
January 16, 2013 4:19pm
 
As those dirty liberals say, "don't waste a good crisis".

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
January 16, 2013 12:46pm
 
Well, the Obama dog and pony show had the same substance that dog and pony shows leave at the state fair. However, he did provide some fodder for Elaine's next editorial on "It's for the children."

 
Harold  
Equatorial Guinea, West Africa  
January 16, 2013 11:54am
 
Next time you see an Obama/Biden sticker at the grocery store be sure to thank the moron that owns it.

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