I couldn’t put my finger on it …until today (conclusion)

Cactus in bloom

A cactus in bloom -- fascinating or dangerous?

Today I finish my thoughts about the epiphany.

This morning when I woke up I heard a montage on the radio of BO speaking about the war. It was filled with all his position statements. Even the one saying he’s never changed his position. I lost count past 18

Does he really believe we’re that stupid?

Earlier this year when he was making a televised speech I remember yelling back at the TV at the time. The statement he made is still vividly etched in my memory. Because at the time I commented about his specific statement to a friend who was standing in the next room. I repeated what BO had said because I was so shocked.

Again… I could kick myself for not making a note of the specific speech so I could find it again on u-tube.

At the time, BO was talking about the war. Back in the days when BO was saying that he’d end the war and bring our boys/girls home right away. His statement was something to the effect of:

 …as Commander-in-Chief I will give the orders. They won’t tell ME what to do (referring to the US military generals) – I’m in charge and tell THEM what to do.

I was SO shocked that someone would be so full of themselves to say something like that that it started a whole commentary by me at that moment.

He doesn’t say that now of course. And denies any other stance than the one he has now.

BO talks in legal speak. Which brings me back to the topic of this post.

He’s telling us that he is going to lower our INCOME taxes. That may be true. Technically. In legal speak. But from what I’m seeing in Chicago it appears that that town/state has gone EXCISE tax crazy. And that’s the area where I went back to snoop around to see what’s going on in the state that he says he has helped so much.

I’m beginning to wonder if Obama is promising to lower the income tax on most citizens and in the back of his mind he intends on issuing new “types” of taxes to impose on goods and services on the federal level that will hit everyone – the same way Illinois is raising revenue. I mean, TECHNICALLY he won’t be raising income taxes, right?

Unemployment as of May was at 6.4% in his state of Illinois.

I’m concluding this series (I couldn’t put my finger on it … until now) with the list I’ve compiled, although there are more excise taxes I’ve run across — which I haven’t further researched — because, frankly, I’ve seen enough to reach a conclusion. Excise taxes that have either been imposed or proposed in Chicago include:

Gas tax — Illinois’ gasoline tax stands at 39.5 cents per gallon, which ranks 4th highest nationally. Additionally, the state’s general sales tax is applied to gasoline purchases. Add to that a county tax of a 6 cents per gallon.

State general tax — Illinois  levies a 6.25% general state sales or “use” state tax on consumers.

County general tax – Cook county (Chicago area) imposes a 1.75% sales tax

City general tax – (Chicago) imposes a 1.25% sales tax

RTA (Regional Transit Authority) tax = 1%

Total Chicago general sales tax = 10.25%. Chicago currently has the highest tax in any major US city

Liquor tax – depends on the type of liquor.  Late 10-07, Chicago City Hall proposed an added taxes on wine, beer and spirits that would amount to more than an 85 percent tax increase on alcohol in the past three years. The concoction of seven different taxes already means more than 40 percent of the price of beer, wine and spirits is attributable to taxes.

Cigarette tax – Chicago’s combined tax total of $4.05 per pack is the highest in the nation
 
Bottled water tax – 5 cents per bottle

Property tax – at the state AND local levels

Ambulance tax – was up for referendum

Amusement tax — City amusement tax of 7% and a county amusement tax of 3%. Apparently there was a lawsuit Illinois has filed against eBay, Inc., alleging that the company is liable for Chicago amusement tax

Robin Hood Tax – (april 2008) Currently voters will be asked to decide if people making more than $250,000 a year should have their Illinois income tax doubled

The city of Chicago, State of Illinois and County of Cook continue to run with deficits and are searching for more ways to gain revenues

My question continues to remain the same…

Do you believe the government has enough of your tax money to accomplish what they need to do?

UPDATE: Career voting recordsCurrently, Senator Obama has voted 94 times to raise taxes. Senator McCain has NEVER voted to raise taxes.

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