The Surprise Tax Attack

January 17, 2013 at 5:00 am / by

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In the past week many Americans received an undeniable shock when they opened their paychecks.  I know my husband certainly got one when he opened his.  The check he was looking at no longer had the same digits that had been there the previous week – a noticeably smaller check greeted him.  Did my husband get demoted?  Did he receive a pay-cut?  No, those would have been less offensive.  My husband got a short lesson in government stupidity and greed – a tax increase.

I, unlike my husband, had been expecting this lovely decrease in pay because I had been closely following the fiscal cliff debacle that was going down in Washington.   So when payday came around I purposely checked my husband’s paycheck amount.  Although, I had been expecting the decrease, I was still surprised at how large the decrease was and suddenly started worrying about all the little things.  Would this affect our ability to buy what we needed to buy?  What did I need to cut out to make up for the loss?

To many people 2% may not seem like much and if you look at it in the whole scheme of things it is a relatively small amount; but to a young, growing family even a small cut in pay can make a big impact.  To our family it equaled an entire week of groceries, a tank and a half of gas, 2-3 dinners out, 2 months worth of ballet classes for my daughter over the course of a year – the entire cost of a family vacation, and the list could go on and on.  Yes, it may be fairly simple to adjust our lives to the new tax, but the question is why should we have to and how is this seemingly minute increase going to affect our already faltering economy?

Personally, our family has already started to make adjustments for the tax.  I canceled our landline telephone, canceled a credit monitoring service, and I plan on canceling a pay-per-month educational website for my children.  Even with all of these adjustments it still won’t cover the cost of our tax increase so we will have to continue to find ways to meet our government’s new demands and I guarantee you every working American across the country is making these same adjustments.  This is what hard working Americans do when they have less money – they spend less money (a lesson our government has apparently never learned).  As Americans make these cuts our economy will start to hurt and it could possibly send us sailing back into another recession.  Less money will be spent on clothes, movies, jewelry, new cars, new homes, furniture, and travel.  Anything that is non-essential will be cut and as these cuts are made, businesses across the country will suffer–and we all know what happens when businesses suffer.  People lose their jobs, more people go on government assistance, and more debt is added to the deficit.  It is nothing but a vicious cycle.

What makes me most angry about this tax increase is that it is going to a system that is already going bankrupt and will cease to exist by the time I (or any other person under the age of 40) am able to retire.  Over the years the government has repeatedly raided the Social Security system to pay for other government programs and in the process has made Social Security into little more than a government-run ponzi scheme.  We are all putting our money into a supposed investment and in turn we are being promised a return – a return that many of us will never see.  Now we are being told (not asked) to put more money into that ponzi scheme so the government can once again rob it and pay for something else they can’t afford.

The Obama administration has promised from day one that they would “never raise taxes on middle class Americans” but that is exactly what they have done.  What is even more sad about the fiscal cliff “deal” that brought us this tax, is the fact that almost all Republican Senators and too many Republican Congressmen voted for it.  It is bad enough that we are getting assaulted from the left but now we can’t even trust the right.  I hope this tax and the coming barrage of Obamacare taxes will be enough for the average American to finally stand up against the government that is destroying our country.  It is no longer about pitting the right against the left, it is about fighting for our very right to survive as free citizens of a free country.

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Elizabeth Vale

Florida Politichick Elizabeth Vale is a blogger, speaker, and political activist who lives in South Florida with her husband and four wonderful children. Elizabeth homeschools her children and is active in her local church and community. Before making the all-important decision to stay home with her children, Elizabeth worked in administration at a global corporation. Besides writing and politics she loves coffee, road trips, reading, and fashion – in no particular order. You can find her online at, on Facebook at her page, and on Twitter @GodMomPolitics.

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  1. Mark Shaheen says:

    Do what I did, I took an equel amount towards my 401k. Tax free and reduces the amount the Gov’t gets. While this equates to double, I am saving for my future and reducing my spending too.

  2. Joe Schmitz says:

    Hey lady… Now we are being told (not asked) to put more money into that ponzi scheme so the government can once again rob it and pay for something else they can’t afford. ????
    We are only being told to put the 2% back in to S.S. that the Government gave us back in 2010 that gave us more money in our pay checks. So guess what ?? What your going to be paying now…. is something YOU SHOULD have been paying all along before the Government gave us that 2% reduction giving it to us in our pay checks!! Think about that !! I’m not a Democrat or Republican…. I’m an Independent !! The Government found out they made a mistake by giving us 2% more to bring home and thinking it would boost the economy. You see, the Democrats problem is they don’t think before they react !! That’s why our Government and debts are so screwed up. Why do you think Republicans are called conservatives ?? Because they are stingy on how they spend money and save it for a rainy day. Just as we are having them now. It was a Republican ran Congress that gave Clinton the surplus of money at the end of his term and it took the Democrats to blow it all away !! That’s a fact !

  3. Don says:

    The taxes have jest began to go up now in jest a month or two at the most the brand new taxes will be drawing the life blood from our checks and our family. Barrack Obama administration is now driving a wedge between our family members the way he has done it to the political parts. He is going to drive that wedge deep between our children and the parents to do what China did a few decades ago. When his wedge is in place he will have the children report to him about anything that there parents are doing. Even the Democrats in congress will see how stupid how ignorant they are for supporting this criminal Barrack Obama. Barrack Obama is not going to do anything for the Black people even though they continue to believe every word coming from his mouth the place that pleases the older white men he likes then when he is finished using them at one point he will get rid of them. So anyone that thinks that Barrack Obama is good for this great country you have not seen anything from him yet so jest Waite a few more months then look at what you have in your pay checks and it may buy a Nickel piece of candy.

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