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Voices of MainStreet: April Lee

Robin Hood Is Not the Answer

Dec. 13, 2010

I was still in high school when the Bush tax cuts were formed and now that they are being extended it’s like hearing about it for the first time. People are outraged the tax cuts are being extended because they think that money should be used to fix the deficit the government created.

I’m not sure if anyone else has noticed this but the government did a terrible job managing money. In fact, they spent a lot. They spent a lot more than was affordable (and have now printed out more which might as well be Monopoly bills).

They say they have the intentions of paying it back. Right. When will people learn that people lie, push things back, make up excuses and look for the quickest solution that benefits them right now? We are talking about politicians, for crying out loud. You know what this situation reminds me of? The person with credit card debt who uses another credit card to pay off the credit card debt but ignores that they are continuing to gain more debt because of interest. Doesn’t anyone else see something wrong with this?

I am truly surprised Obama is extending the Bush tax cuts. He just spent a ton of money during the first two years of his presidency. Maybe he is having buyer’s remorse.

The controversy is that it cuts “rich” people some slack. Critics say it may have contributed to the predicament our economy is in now. Really? That seems far-fetched to me but then there is much I am learning about this topic and possibly I am too practical for government and politics. It seems we’re in this predicament because people were greedy, which wasn’t likely fueled by tax cuts. Where there is a will there’s a way. They’re smart. They would’ve found a way regardless of whatever law or program was put in place.

The “rich” people that make up the majority of this bracket receiving tax cuts are probably the people who run my favorite deli. McDonald's is right across the street but I always choose to go to this deli because 1) Their food tastes better and 2) Supporting local business, especially small business, is extremely important to me and very important right now. Those people at my favorite deli give other people jobs.

What I love about Seattle is that it is essentially a small town. Growth, in all ways, and consideration are pretty important here. We care about our neighbors very much. I care about what happens to the people at the deli. I care about their jobs and their well-being. I don’t want to see their choices “taken away” because someone else already did that by being inconsiderate of how their decisions affect the general public. One big network steals from under their noses. And now another is angry they can’t do the same.

—April is a well-traveled young woman planting her roots in sunny Seattle, or well, just Seattle. Her writing covers whatever piques her interest and curiousity. Check out her blog here.

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