Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Vote No on Kansas City's Earnings Tax on April 5th!

Of the 150 biggest cities in America, somehow 125 of them struggle along without this tax. And they pay their firemen, and they pay their policemen, and they fix their streets. And on average they grow better in jobs and in population than cities that have an earnings tax.--Woody Cozad
Everywhere I turn, I see people being scared into thinking that they have to vote for Kansas City's earnings tax. Lets get some of the facts before being forced into voting to keep taxes higher. Most big cities thrive without an earnings tax, and so can we.

1st--The $200 Million Myth

2nd--E-tax backers use scare tactics

3rd--Why to Vote no on the E-Tax it’s not fair
Some excerpts from Mahlon Davis Jr.'s Post:
I want to employ a common sense approach to the E-Tax debate by viewing it as a citizen who lives in the inner city.

The people who really pay the E-Tax are citizens who can scarcely afford it in a declining economy. Let us start with a few real life examples of the people in my neighborhood,

* A mother of three who earns $20,000 a year pays $200 a year in earnings tax. In real life, this equals out to four (4) monthly bus passes to get her to and from work every day.
* My aunt is a hard working state employee, who makes between $25,000 to $30,000 a year. She would pay roughly $300 a year in earnings tax. Her deductible for health insurance is $300 and she has had a recent bout of illness. With major expenses like a mortgage, a car payment, regularly living plus the co-pay to see her physician, that 1% would make a big difference in her life.

Critics of this campaign concentrate on raising questions about funding sources rather than the merits of tax. Why because they know that Kansas Citians are being lied to. The facts are these:

* The people who really pay this tax are those people who can scarcely afford to do so.
* The rich, the retired and other special groups do not pay a dime.
* Most of our most prominent leaders telling the masses to approve this tax live E-Tax free.
* The inner city does not receive City services in the same manner as other outlying communities and does not get what it pays for.
* There is no compelling reason for our city leaders to look for innovations and new ways of doing business. When they receive a blank check every day that the E-tax is collected.
* Crime is a people problem and hiring more cops is not the answer besides phasing out the E-Tax will take 10 years at a rate of $20 million dollars a year.
* If Kansas City does not improve its present business climate, then it will lose its businesses to surrounding neighbors in Raytown, Independence, Lee’s Summit and Johnson County.
5th--Earnings-tax debate: Supporter, opponent make their cases

6th--Kansas City's earnings tax: A penny saved or a penny lost?
The pro and the con, David Stokes makes some great points!

For more info go here:
Kansas City Tax Reform

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Saying Goodbye to World War I's Last Doughboy!

Photo Credits: KC Star
He didn't seek the spotlight, but when Frank Buckles outlived every other American who'd served in World War I, he became what his biographer called "the humble patriot" and final torchbearer for the memory of that fading conflict.
Frank Buckles enlisted in World War I at the age of 16 and died on February 27th at the age of 110. He was born here in Missouri, but was raised in Oklahoma and died in West Virginia. He went to numerous recruiting stations until he convinced the right person he was old enough to enlist.

There are two other World War I veterans still alive from outside America. The survivors are Florence Green in Britain and Claude Choules in Australia.

Buckles was remembered at a ceremony at Liberty Memorial here in Kansas City this past Saturday, March 12th. Richard Myers, a former Air Force general and the onetime chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said,
"Frank Buckles passing means that there are no more living memories of World War I. So it is important for all of us to keep this memory alive."
President Barack Obama ordered that the day Buckles is buried that all U.S. flags on official buildings be lowered to half-staff. A burial is planned at Arlington National Cemetery.

Kansas City is honored to have the only World War I museum and it was an honor to have a ceremony for him here.