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CAN'T PAY, WON"T PAY the art tax

The City of Portland just sent me a request to send them $35.00 for the new 'Arts Tax, which our dear upper income fellow Portlanders voted in last November. And now is the time we ALL HAVE to pay
Can't pay, won't pay the new Art Tax.

The City of Portland just sent the people of Portland a request to send them $35.00 for the new 'Arts Tax, which our dear upper income fellow Portlanders voted in last November. And now is the time we all HAVE (so they hope) to pay.
As long as you are over 18 and you are a resident of Portland, you are expected to pay. Someone on minimum wage or a senior will pay the same as a millionaire. You are exempt in you have NO income. Or if the household income is below the federal poverty level which is;

People in household Poverty guideline
1 $11,170
2 $15,130
3 $19,090
4 $23,050
5 $27,010
6 $30,970
7 $34,930
8 $38,890

From www.artstax.net

Well, my invitation went into the junk mail recycling, because that is just what it looks like.
We are also expected to 'file and pay' online.
Do they seriously think that everyone has a computer, or even knows how to use one?
Many people just don't have the money for this tax, regardless of how worthy it may be.
It seems that the people who drafted this tax put nothing into place of how to collect it. If tens of thousands of people don't send in their money, just who is going to come after them for it?
One last thing, on the 'Arts Tax Notice' it states that 'the tax will fund Portland School teachers.
It seems to me that the teachers are paid by the school board, and this tax is not going to the school board, so don't blame teachers who already pay out of their own pockets for some of the supplies in their student's classroom.
We need good funding for schools, so it's time to tax the rich more for them.
If you can't pay, don't pay!

You are kidding, right? 03.Mar.2013 19:06

Alan Devris

Pay the dang 35 bucks and start growing up, quit expecting someone else "richer" to pay your fucking tab.

Why Do We Even Need Rich People? 05.Mar.2013 07:25

blues

Why do we even need rich people? They only destroy the people's economies, and bribe the Government to start wars.

I keep repeating this because my ability to type is severely limited, so here it is again:

I am not for "communism." The present economic disaster has come about because everybody ignored the obvious fact that a nation that allows 1% to own almost everything, while 99% own almost nothing, cannot be free. The 1% exists because they have have accumulated so much power that they do not get taxed at all. Meanwhile, people with normal jobs, even minimum wage jobs (few are informed of this) are required to give up at least 25% of their income to taxes!

We are back in the Gilded Age of 1931; the 1% rich own it all; the 99% non-rich own virtually nothing. But there is a difference now. All of our productional industry has been sent off-shore, and our workers are without skills and sound education. Beware!

"George Washington famously said, 'Government is Force.'" Well he was as slave owner, wasn't he? But there is more to it than that. Force is not government. Owning slaves is real force! Property implies force, in fact. Too much property implies too much force! What right do the super-rich have to use GOVERNMENT FORCE to "protect" their extravagant wealth? Wealth is force without democracy. Money + information (about other people) = power.

We in the United States of America now have the purest form of what most people would call capitalism. We also have more people in jail than any nation has had in history. The average person has very few rights, you will notice. Only the rich oligarchs have real freedom, of course, as wealth is 99% similar to raw power in wealth-dominated societies. The average class cannot live in socialism, since they are basically too poor, and also, they have no rights. What right do the rich have to impose tyrannical wealth royalism over the rest of us? Why can't we be free of the absolute power of the super-rich economic royalty?

End The Rich!

The super-rich contribute NOTHING to our so-called "economy"! They have sold out 90% of our productional assets down the river to China, India, Japan, etc. All for pure Profit! They care about us about as much a they care about the Iraqi children their government burned to death with white phosphorus!

No one should be allowed to own more that 20 times what they need to make a living and live comfortably. People should be required to register their substantial holdings, and if they exceed the 20 times limit, a random jury should force them to sell off the excess to reduce their holdings to 15 times what they need. The proceeds should go to the commonwealth. Anything they fail to register should be confiscated, and those who willfully avoid registering assets should be punished. That is the only way to control economic royalism and protect freedom and human rights. Otherwise the 99% will inexorably be reduced to slavery.

Most of our industry has been sold for profit and shipped down the river to other nations, and there is perhaps only one way to rebuild it. All large industry should be owned and completely controlled by democratic communities and towns. Each community would own an industry, which could only be sold to another community. Some communities would have to be larger than others. For example, an ironmaking operation would require a large community, or consortium of communities. There could be government sponsored research and development communities too. Employees would have to live in the communities that own their industries, and thus there would be a powerful incentive to minimize pollution. Small businesses would be operated by ordinary companies.

There will be no more rich political parties. No more rich to be protected by vicious policing. Freedom at last!

Merely taxing the rich a little more will not accomplish enough. We really need to get rid of them. Anybody want to discuss this option? No?