Saturday, June 23, 2007

Hopefully An Ugly Rumor

The Beatles Warned Us Back in ‘66

As part of our state legislature’s frenzy to tax us into prosperity, 22 new taxes are presently under consideration as part of a “balanced” 2008 budget. One of these new taxes would be a parking tax so broadly worded that citizens could be taxed for parking their cars in their own garages. Yes, this would be in addition to the property tax already levied on said garages. And yes, that is what the Pist-Gazette heard yesterday, with our own ears, coming from the mouth of a state representative on an afternoon radio broadcast.

Thinking that we must have been suffering from an auditory hallucination because our state legislature cannot possibly be THIS insane….The Pist-Gazette immediately emailed each state representative in Allegheny County, in both parties, imploring them to confirm that we were in fact the crazy ones and that they were still in possession of all their faculties.

As of this writing, the Pist-Gazette has not received one response confirming or denying the Personal Parking Tax scheme.

Let us remember the sage words from that visionary George Harrison in 1966 as we wonder what in the heck happened to bring us to this pathetic point in space and time:

“If you drive a car I’ll tax the street,
If you try to sit I’ll tax your seat,
If you get too cold I’ll tax the heat,
If you take a walk I’ll tax your feet.”

If this “rumor” turns out to be true … It might just be time to storm the Bastille.

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