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Around Town: Taxes and the common man

November 27, 2012

By Pat Orr
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW

It doesn’t appear that increasing taxes means much to the average voter because they always assume someone else is paying. Recently, the Papa John’s Pizza founder caught flack for stating flatly that Obamacare would cause them to raise prices 11 to 14 percent and reduce hourly workers.

Liberals went crazy.

I saw another tongue-in-cheek ad on the Internet with a sticker that said “Obamcare Tax 5%” added to the Grand Slam menu at Denny’s. I think they’re on to something. Those of us left in retail need to clearly ring up the cost of the item, then ring up the Jerry Brown Tax, the Obamacare Tax, The Green Energy Tax, etc. until the purchase is totaled out.

How many folks do you think realize that there are more taxes in a gallon of gas than the cost of the oil? No, when you charge a “blended” price, the average person thinks, “Wow, someone is making a huge profit.” Oh, and since we’ve now “saved our schools” with a new round of tax increases, can we assume graduation rates and scores will rise?

Let’s watch and see.

Upcoming Christmas Events
On Saturday, thanks to Agio Real Estate and Home Depot, the town of Apple Valley will presents the annual “Winter Wonderland Christmas Tree Lighting” event at Civic Center Park. Of course, it’s free and will feature pictures with Santa, crafts, giveaways and other surprises. The tree will be “officially” lit by town leaders at 6 p.m. to cap off the night. These community events are what sets us apart from those big city folks down the hill. Come, bring the kiddos or grand babies and enjoy.

The next scintillating holiday event upcoming is the Town Council Christmas Tea on Dec. 11, preceding the one and only council meeting left in 2012. This is the meeting where the newly elected council members come in and we say adios to those retiring or unelected. It’s fun to watch everyone circling each other with a wary eye while being holiday cheerful. Great fun.

Is this a great country or what?
Case No. 1
This is the time of year when the lawsuits between atheists and believers start flying over public nativity scenes and such. You know, I think we’d have a lot less stress if these same atheists would quit picking on turn-the-other-cheek Christians, march into Muslim communities such as Dearborn, Mich. and tell them to knock off this Sharia Law business and quit filling kids’ heads with fantasies about heaven and virgins. I’m pretty sure we would at least have fewer atheists to deal with.

Case No. 2
You may have heard that the San Francisco City Council is deliberating a new law to ban nudity in their city, except for certain specific events such as the Gay Pride Parade. This law was proposed by a supervisor, who represents the famously gay-oriented “Castro District,” because of shop keeper complaints that blatant sexual activity and nudity is alarming tourists. Supervisor Scott Wiener — I’m not making this up — is facing stiff opposition to his introduction of the new law from locals who believe their privates should remain public.

Pat Orr is a local business owner, community volunteer and political junkie.

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