In your infinite wisdom Gov. Patrick, how could you possibly thinks that the way out of this economic disaster is to tax the one food group that people count on in times of stress – Chocolate. Well, your official target is candy and sweets – but who doesn’t think of chocolate when some says, “candy.”
Are you kidding me?In your infinite wisdom Gov. Patrick, how could you possibly thinks that the way out of this economic disaster is to tax the one food group that people count on in times of stress – Chocolate. Well, your official target is candy and sweets – but who doesn’t think of chocolate when some says, “candy.” Yes, Gov. Patrick, chocolate is a food group. Ask any woman. Look really closely chocolate is at the very tippity-top of the food pyramid. It is so important it holds the place of honor at the food pyramid’s zenith. Your suggestions of taxing candy, beer – which is candy for men – and increasing the tax on meals eaten out also goes a bit over the top. In these times of economic strife, please hold harmless the very few legal vices we have left. Next thing you know you’ll be taxing the number of steps we walk, the number of breaths we take and the number of times we hug our kids – all things necessary to a healthy existence. Just like chocolate. Taxing chocolate, candy and other sweets is just not an option. In the few days since you announced your willingness to attach a tax to almost everything in this state e-mails have flooded the in boxes of newsrooms from Amesbury to Pittsfield, Arlington to Provincetown. People are outraged. There isn’t a group of people you haven’t alienated in your quest for additional funds – and this on the backs of people who are already struggling to keep their economic train chugging – the taxpayers of this state. The Massachusetts Bar Association is opposed to your deep cuts because in times of economic downturn, more people turn to less than savory acts to get by. With deep cuts in this department, you’re just asking for trouble and there won’t be anyone there to administer the law. It could be considered as an obstruction of justice, Mr. Governor. Another organization, vocal about the cuts they will have to bear are the folks who administer programs for people who are intellectually or developmentally disabled and their families. Come on sir, is this cut in the best interest of a group of citizens who have lost employment funding from your fist round of 9C cuts. Let’s not reverse the good works of the folks at the 21 chapters of ARC of Massachusetts. A third group, the Massachusetts Restaurant Association is a group of business owners around the state who are struggling to put food on the table. With their waning customer base and rising cost of food, the last thing this group needs is to have to levy additional tax on their few remaining patrons. The groups of people above are real people. They have real struggles, one of which is trying to maintain, at this juncture, a meager existence in this state. Sharpen your pencil and come back to us with something we’ll all be just a bit happier about – or at least less angry. And stay away from my chocolate.
Donna O'Neil is the editor of the Wakefield Observer.