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Cognitive Dissonance

I was driving home this evening and noticed a protest of sorts–people holding signs over their heads. It wasn’t Occupy [whatever], so I was curious about the object of ire. I saw a sign:


Oh, this is promising, I thought. McCain doesn’t represent me, either. I don’t remember ever regretting not voting for him.


I can see that, but I can see that about a lot of politicians.

As I got closer to the protest, I saw that they had a long banner resting against their legs. I assume they would hold it over their heads if any media were there shooting video or taking photos. I finally saw the message:



Oh, that’s funny.

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Posted by on December 5, 2011 in politics


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Quick Note

I’m dashing this off quickly, so I won’t be linking to anything (I’m strangely and inconsistently particular about the articles to which I link, and I suspect that finding the right articles for this post would take more time than I have at the moment).

Arizona has had a use tax for several years but has never really enforced it. If you’re wondering, “use taxes” are applied to online purchases from out-of-state companies that don’t charge state sales taxes on the item(s) being purchased. For example, if I were to order a T-shirt from a company in Wisconsin and the Wisconsin-based company didn’t charge me sales tax on that T-shirt, Arizona then has the right to charge a “use tax.” The state has never enforced this tax.

But they’re going to start. Any time I order anything online, I’m going to have to save the receipts and pay taxes on it at the end of the year.

Arizona’s government is predominantly Republican. Arizona’s Republicans generally are of the “NO NEW TAXES EVER UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES EVER DAMMIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” variety. But this tax hits poor and middle class people harder than upper class people, and the use tax law, though as yet unenforced, is not new, so they can pretend that they’re not raising taxes.

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Posted by on July 18, 2011 in Seriously?