IT’S YOUR MONEY, FOLKS!
ELECTIONS DO HAVE CONSEQUENCES!
SOME CONSEQUENCES ARE OFTEN DISGUISED!
I don’t know if you live in a heavily Republican (Or other right wing-dominated) place or not but I can almost predict that if you do live under the thumb of the greed-mongering right (Regardless of stripe, variety or nuance) you probably have similar circumstances to contend with.
Property owners in some areas of the country are learning some hard lessons about the loyalty they gave to the Right Wingers during some elections in times past – – – and some very recently.
The Righties always come on to the electorate with all their flamboyant bragging about how they will lower taxes (For everybody mind you) and decrease spending if only you will elect them to this office or that office or the other office.
And once they lie their way into power and actually get elected, what do they do?
It has been my experience that they usually forget every word they said in front of microphones and cameras on the campaign trail and start enjoying their cocktail parties and plush gourmet dinners at taxpayer expense and start finding ways to pocket more money for themselves or their loyalists . . . . particularly their loyalists with the deepest pockets. You see, folks, I have never known a rightie to do a favor of any kind for anybody unless there were conditions attached; a price to pay if you will.
Some of them actually do save money for their state or their city or their county – – – or so they make it seem sometimes!
Righties are very good at fiscal sleight of hand. “Now you see it, now you don’t!”
One of their favorite tricks is to take taxpayer money that is normally scheduled to be spent on certain items . . . . take street maintenance for example – – or police protection – – or schools . . . especially schools. The Righties seem to love to put the screws to Public Education and to lock that money away in some kind of so-called “Rainy Day Fund” so that it is not actually sent out to the places where it can be spent on what it was intended to be spent for.
So when this happens – – as it invariably does when a “I’m gonna save the taxpayers some money” type of right wing liar gets elected to some high office, some services that citizens have gotten used to receiving because of their taxes gets curtailed “For lack of operating funds.”
The next step in this process is for the local municipality or the city fathers or village administrators or whoever to start screaming about putting a “Levy” on the ballot to cover the shortfalls created by the Right Wingers who locked the funds away in a box somewhere and before it is over there are several new “Levys” passed so that the locals who got their funding cut off by the righties can pay the bills for their street maintenance or their schools or whatever.
As anyone who can think beyond a Hootin’Holler degree in finance can see, this Right Wing manipulation actually results in another tax on residents who need services but the name of what has happened to them is not “Tax” but is now a more acceptable, “Levy” – – – but in the final analysis it is still right wing bullshit.
The thing is that it is usually so skillfully presented in a flurry of high-sounding words that it is easy for the victims to accept it as “Ordinary Business.” And when it is not presented in pretty packages of nice-sounding words (Words intended to take the sting out for the taxpayers) then it is done with meetings that are closed to the public or during special sessions of governing bodies that take place at ungodly hours of the night – – behind closed doors – – when there is little or no possibility of any citizens being present to challenge the enforced extra burden on the targeted taxpayers.
This is one of the ways the slickest of the Righties can legitimately make the claim, “In my entire term in office I have never once raised taxes.”
No, they have not! They are telling the truth. They have not raised taxes but by hiding the money normally allocated to one purpose or another and causing local authorities to have to beg more money from their citizens to cover the shortages thus created, they sure as hell have been the cause of the extra taxes that nobody wants to call “Taxes. Remember, folks these are “Levys” and not taxes.
Anyway if you happen to live in one of these areas where the voters have gone nuts and let the righties take everything over there is a possibility that you get your property “Re-Evaluated” every few years so that your property values can be “Re-adjusted.”
Lately, in case anyone has failed to notice, property values in some parts of the country have been going through the floor as property values decline for one reason or another.
property owners in those areas would naturally expect to see their property tax bills going down right along with the valuations on their real estate, wouldn’t you imagine?
Well hold on a minute folks – – – the righties have found a new scam to play with.
The falling property values don’t mean a damned thing to some of these Righties because they will jack your tax bill up anyway and remind you of all the “Levys” you voted for when they cut off the funds and socked them away in the “Rainy Day” fund. Remember those?
And guess what else? The “Rainy Day” never comes around, does it?
When is the last time you heard of some local, state, national or regional right wing elected official with any clout over property taxes tell you, “Hey! We are tapping the Rainy Day fund to give you taxpayers a little break here.?”
You haven’t heard it, have you? The Rainy Day never seems to materialize, does it?
I suspect it is designed that way?
So where does the money in the “Right Wing Rainy Day Fund” actually go?
I will bet a dollar to a donut that wherever it goes, the information is sealed away safely behind a “Non-disclosure” shield of some kind and God Himself could not obtain the key to unlock it.
Wherever this kind of shenanigan goes on there is usually some bogus provision on the books that allows the victim property owner to “Appeal” their increased taxes or their property evaluations but “Appeals” can take years and thousands of dollars in legal expenses to pursue and of course, they are very easily declined.
So if this kind of thing has happened to you lately – – or at all for that matter – – I just wanted you to be aware that it is probably just another one of those wonderful little hidden benefits of being loyal to the Right Wing wherever you live.
They definitely do not raise taxes but they sure as hell have the cunning to know how to make you end up paying a lot more anyway, don’t they?
So how are things in the area where you live?
If you want to share your own circumstances and experiences, go ahead and leave a comment on the blog.