America Is Going.......
States Seeking Cash Hope to Expand Taxes to Services
In the scramble to find something, anything, to generate more revenue, states are considering new taxes on virtually everything: garbage pickup, dating services, bowling night, haircuts, even clowns.
“It’s hard enough doing what we do,” grumbled John Luke, a plumber in the Philadelphia suburbs. His services would, for the first time, come with an added tax if the governor has his way.
Opponents of imposing taxes on services like funerals, legal advice, helicopter rides and dry cleaning argue that this push comes as businesses are barely clinging to life and can ill afford to see customers further put off by new taxes. This is especially true, they say, in states like Michigan and Pennsylvania, where some of the most sweeping proposals are being considered this spring.
But this is also a period of economic gloom for states. Pension funds are in the red, federal stimulus help will soon vanish, and revenues from traditional sources like income and property taxes are slumping ever lower......
How hard is it to see????....when you cut off a credit dependent economy from credit....and only bail out the bankers and fail to restructure the debt.....the economy implodes and tax receipts evaporate.
If you carry this out to its logical extension driving up unemployment and forcing assets values down....government will be forced to tax all of our income and assets, instead of a small percentage like property taxes, in order to keep functioning.