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(Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)   Anti-tax Republican who promised during her election campaign not to raise taxes plans to charge property owners $5.3 million for snow removal this winter. Her response to critics? "It's not a tax, It's a fee for services." Oh, OK then   ( divider line
    More: Asinine, Republican, snow removal, election campaign, property owners, Human settlement, property taxes, county executive, fees  
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2012-11-29 03:04:13 PM  

sprawl15: [ image 327x387]

Wow that's the worst photoshop job I've ever seen. The signatures are exactly the same.
2012-11-29 03:57:47 PM  

orlandomagik: Yeah but you can just vote with your feet, right?

I will be, I plan on moving this summer
2012-11-29 04:20:54 PM  

Citrate1007: This is what conservatives really think.

The Christie administration has been cracking down on towns that are trying to change required services towns have to provide to fee-based to circumvent the new property tax cap.
2012-11-30 05:16:54 AM  

qorkfiend: tricycleracer: Arkanaut: Vlad_the_Inaner: It's a fee, because the payment required is exactly proportional to the work and effort required to perform the task, in each particular instance.

Oh wait.

Its not.

it's proportional to an accessed property value.

It's a tax.

Shhh. Maybe if Obama can convince the Republicans to charge a "social insurance fee" or some bullshiat "instead" of a tax, they'll be able to come to an agreement on this whole fiscal cliff deal.

"Fee" sounds like money that is helping a Job Creator put people to work.

"Tax" sounds like money that is helping a drug using welfare queen pay for her two Cadillacs.

I would also guess that "fee" sounds voluntary, but "tax" is mandatory.

Actually, I think what it might be is that conservatives are desperately trying to feed the line that the public gets NOTHING in exchange for its taxation. That is, a dollar sent to Washington as a tax just disappears from the economy, never to be seen again.

I think this woman actually believes it when she says that this isn't a tax, because there's a tangible benefit. She literally can't see the benefit of a tax, but she can see the benefit of a fee.

In Washington, Republicans are currently struggling with the narrative that taxes are money taken out of the economy. They're wealth destroyed. It makes sense, given that narrative, to want to keep as much wealth in circulation during a bum economy as possible. If the plebs ever realize that money paid in taxation eventually makes its way back into the pockets of the citizenry, the gig is up.
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