Playing the government money game |

Playing the government money game

Dear Editor,

Probably the most insidious, deceptive and dishonest terms used in the semantics game is the term “government money.” Our government agencies, at all levels, take your hard earned money by all sorts of means, from outright assessments to all sorts of fees and permits, and then call it “government money” as if it was theirs all along.

Then we all ask for “government funding” of all our pet projects, as if it’s a bottomless and free source of money. Over half of the entire workforce in this country works for some branch of government. Fifty to 70 percent of the price of a retail item is already taxed, on which you then pay sales tax. A major portion of the cost of housing is taxes, on which you then pay property tax forever.

If the economy drops, “government revenue” drops, so they raise fees and taxes, which further depresses the economy, etc.

Now we “need” a new golf course and the Garfield Re-2 schools “need” another $4 million. Government and public agencies are addicted to money, and we all are the unwitting supplier. We are the enabler. I don’t know about you, but I am running out of “government money.”

Ross L. Talbott

New Castle

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