To The Daily Sun,
Last week, U.S. Rep. Blumenauer, a Democrat from Oregon, introduced a new bill that would tax Americans on every mile we drive our cars. Yes, another tax.
Living in New Hampshire, I drive a lot. I just was hired in Acton, Mass., for a position for 3-6 months and am grateful for the position. The commute will be and hour and 45 minutes each way. I take a job in another state as I cannot find one here and I will be penalized. All of us in New Hampshire will be penalized. It is not that the corner store is around the block, but four or five miles away. Everything is a drive for us in New Hampshire.
In a time when my electric bill went up considerably, I do not need another tax. Again it is time for Washington, D.C., to curb its spending, and not ask us the middle class for more money.
I stopped in the rest area in Hooksett and saw the chargers for electric cars. There may be a time when we will be using electric cars. I have a lot of taxes and charges in my bill already. So in the future, if a gasoline car becomes obsolete, and the government cannot collect gas tax, they want a mileage tax and monies from charges, fees and taxes on my electric bill, too?
We often just look to the total of the bill owed and not look at the breakdown. I am guilty of that. But nearly every bill we have has some sort of fee, charge or tax in it.
Our roads and bridges need help, but that is supposedly why federal and state gas taxes were created. Yet both state and federal government raid that money for other things. Why can't the federal government live within its means as we have to?
Sen. Rand Paul and Sen. Barbara Boxer have introduced legislation that would cut the tax on businesses on money overseas if brought back to this country from 35 percent to 6.5 percent for five years. This money could not be used for increases in executive's pay or bonuses or stock dividends or stock buy-back up to three years after program in over. Sen. Rand Paul would rather a lower tax and that it would be permanent, but this is a bipartisan bill.
They money from this legislation would be used for highways. U.S. companies have $2 trillion overseas rather than pay U.S. taxes at the rate of 35 percent, which is the second-highest in the world.
What a thought, cutting taxes on the rich to bring back money to the U.S. and help with the roads instead of creating a new tax on the middle class.
To me 6.5 percent of something is better than 35 percent of nothing. That is tax money coming into this country and these companies could invest in our country. What an idea, investing in America.
Congressman Guinta has introduced a new bill, Operation Taxpayer, which will mandate that any new bill that comes before the Congress is reviewed to see if it is redundant. Great. But what about the redundancies that we have already. Rep. Guinta said the U.S. government is spending $250 billion on redundant programs. Let's clean up that mess.
I am sure both Republicans and Democrats can get together and take care of that. We the public must reach out to our representatives and tell them what we want. If we are not serious about cleaning up government then how do we expect them to be serious?
It only takes a quick phone call or email and give your name and address and state your message. Ten minutes tops and you can contact all your federal representatives. Below are the websites to email our representatives. Can you imagine if everyone reading this contacted them? Especially about the same subject? I think it would get their attention to start working for us again. This could easily be done in a lunch or coffee break. Book mark these websites.
Cleaning up redundancies and lowering business tax to bring money back into America are two simple bills that both parties could pass if serious. No more taxes on the middle class, please. Contact your representatives. Let's take back our country!