By James Smith
26 October 2013
1. a container for honey
2. something which attracts people in great numbers: “Cornwall is a honeypot for tourists”
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged
Every day, “Every Day Low Prices” draw millions to the doors of their local Wal-Mart. With the continuous rising prices of simple food staples, Americans balance on a very thin tight rope of budgeting and staying within their means. And as anyone who is a tight budget knows, it means prioritizing to ensure their families are fed, a roof over their heads and the lights stay on.
Regrettably, some things simply cannot be budgeted in, such as car repairs, car registrations, emissions and vehicle inspections. People are forced to decide between milk and bread or replace a cracked windshield.
And then they come.
Like the prowling shark near the mating areas of seals, come the local police departments. They stalk through the parking lot of the local Wal-Mart or strip mall in search of the poor who are unable to pay for registrations or inspections.
And when the hapless victims leave – the trap is sprung and the blue and red lights shine in the rear view mirror. The driver is caught.
Because of diminishing jobs, municipalities are stepping up patrols in markets to issue “safety” citations. These citations could range in the hundreds of dollars. Expired registration tags leads to the driver showing that he has no auto insurance, or that the inspections are out of date.
Ka-ching, Ka-ching, Ka-ching – the coffers increase with each passing day.
This form of taxation in the guise of public safety is not new, but with over 90 million people out of work – it will be growing exponentially.
If the person could not afford to have their vehicle inspected because they knew of a problem that they couldn’t pay for, they now have to pay for the work, get inspected, and also pay the fines.
Retailers who allow this behavior for starters. If you can’t afford to buy products because you now have a 400 dollar fine and repairs, in the end they suffer with diminished sales receipts. Some retailers have told me that they allow this, because they want a rapid response in the event of a robbery or handling a shop lifter.
Families will now have to rebalance the books to pay for it all. And if they fail to correct whatever deficiency, they can be subject to arrest and/or imprisonment. So that now the REALLY can’t pay for food, rent, or lights.
The solution for the problem is not simple. Americans in small towns need to have a heart-to-heart talk with the city councils and have this stop. Oh, they may get money in the short run, but when they can no longer afford to live in the town, the poor will leave. Adding to the blight and further weakening the tax base. A short lived victory is only a damning defeat in the long run.
This is the new normal: Feeding the troughs of government by sacrificing the family’s well-being.
Doesn’t it just make you sick?