We’ve seen example of slash-and-burn politics

Jul. 30, 2013 @ 04:59 AM

To the Editor:

Have you looked behind yourself since the Republican dominated N.C. legislature have left Raleigh?

The only tax reductions anybody received [were those affecting] the upper income earners and the big corporations. Virtually everyone else got a tax increase. The ones who got hit the hardest [were affected] by increased sales tax on electric and gas bills, where the rate increased from 3 percent to 7 percent.

Your bills beginning in January will have $7 dollars of taxes on every $100 of electric and gas bills. Most citizens will spend more money on state taxes than they did this year. It may not be income tax, but it will be tax nevertheless.

This is the old switcharoo — get the voters thinking they are getting a tax break, and at the same time increasing the amount they are paying, all while looking after their main constituent — the rich and the big corporations. The small businesses also lost their first $50,000 exemption, so even with the reduction in their rate, they may pay more.

All pensions will be taxed with the exemption gone, and this will certainly affect seniors more than any other group of citizens.

The attack on environment, education and even governing bodies of municipalities and any other boards that the Democrats might control came under fire.

[There’s] no way to describe their actions other than slash-and-burn politics and arrogant abuse of majority power.

“The sun doesn’t shine on the same dog all the time” is an old adage. The Republicans’ actions this session will probably hasten more wayward Democrats back to the fold — once the majority of the voters realize that they have been had!

Robert O. Stone