A blog on progressive news and politics on both the California and Nevada sides of Lake Tahoe which aims at helping to elect Democrats and Turn Tahoe Blue. The blog is written from Germany by a former German exchange student at George Whittell High School in Zephyr Cove, Nevada.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Letter Of The Day - "Numbers Tell How To Vote This Time"

Maybe Democrats are just better in maths. Anyway, the following great letter is by Phillip Patton of Carson City and was published in the Reno Gazette-Journal:

This letter is in response to the letter from Steve Bennett of Sparks, "Only the GOP will protect my paycheck." I believe Mr. Bennett needs to examine what has happened to his expenses since the GOP took power in 2000, and not just his net paycheck.

Yes, the GOP gave tax relief which, in my case, added approximately $1,000 per year to my net paycheck. At the same time, the GOP has enacted programs and allowed rampant gouging for anything related to the oil or medical industries.

I have, in fact, calculated the differences between 2000 and 2006. The cost of gasoline, natural gas to heat my home, and electricity costs add up to a $4,000 per year increase since the GOP and current administration took power. Medical-related items have increased another $4,000 per year in the same time period. I cannot even begin to calculate the increased cost of items related to the oil industry, but I believe it is at least another $1,000 per year.

If all that isn't enough, the impact of the above items on the financial world has eroded the funds I had invested for retirement by more than one-half.

So, voters, if you are satisfied with your tax relief, and don't care that the bottom line has cost you about nine times as much, vote for them again.


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