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Robbing Peter to pay Paul

December 12, 2013

Editor:


I enjoy reading “letters to the editor.” The letters in a newspaper often depict the heart and soul of a community.


Recently, I read some letters about taxes, and how the N.C. Republican Party hates taxes. Interestingly, the N.C. Republican legislators (and their tax scheme) seems to have stuck it to the retirees in the state.


But the people won’t notice it until the “retired” folk prepare their 2014 NC-1040A Income Tax Return, due by April 2015. (It’s important to note the Republicans “sleight of hand” legislation on the 2014 Income Tax Returns comes to light AFTER the November 2014 election results. That’s the date when Republicans in Sampson reelect more Republicans).


Retirees, here’s what your Republican friends did in the People’s House in Raleigh. They did it because they love you. They call it “tough love.”


The N.C. retiree will discover in their 2014 tax year that the $2,000 and/or the $4,000 tax exemption they have enjoyed for many years will be gone, wiped out. As a native North Carolinian from Whistle-Britches, NC, I am appalled.


Obviously, the Republicans foreknew that in eliminating the tax exemption block on the retiree’s Income Tax it would translate to a loss of many dollars. Obviously they knew retirees in N.C. were already living on a fixed income, and the $2,000 or 4,000 tax exemption would hurt them more than any other living group. Nonetheless, they did it. In the vernacular of Sampson County Bible language, “Greater love hath no man than to rob Peter to pay Paul.”


In light of the Republican legislative action, I’m willing to wager a bet and that is the Republican retirees in Sampson (and elsewhere in NC) will reelect more Republicans in November 2014. They love the feeling and the sound of a rotor-rooter.


Jack Dawsey


Roseboro