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Peanut Butter, Taxes and Local Debt
This China Wuhan virus business has changed a lot of things. Primarily, our grocery shopping habits have emptied shelves of some products and left others untouched. Toilet paper for example is deemed essential because people don’t want to get poo on their fingers when there are other market alternatives available for ones personal hygiene. Grocery market shelves are great indicators of whats really important to people at the family level.
My wife mentioned to me recently that when she goes to the market to re-stock our meager lauder for the week, she has noted that peanut butter, especially the big jars, is the one item consistently missing from the shelves every time she goes. As an affordable food source, especially for families with children, peanut butter is like nectar and ambrosia. Lucky for us, China isn’t making it. Their version is pureed fish and crushed rice, eaten with chop sticks.
My wife and I, and I suspect many of you reading this too, were early on addicted to peanut butter. The product, with or without crushed peanuts mixed in, for us, fulfills a basic need that satisfies our bodies demand for nourishment without the need of preparing a meal or eating fattening doughnuts. The satisfaction of our afternoon hunger pangs is sated by a spoonful of peanut butter, occasionally smeared over a slice of hot toast with honey.
My wife and I are both products of the WWII experience with fathers, uncles and brothers gone off to war, aunts and mothers working in the war industry and families living on rationed food. Peanut butter however, was an available food staple that allowed ration affected families to feed children cheaply with nourishing food. For us little children peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on white bread was a marvelous lunch time treat, the staple of our daily existence. They accompanied us to school with an apple and a bag of chips as our noon meal. My mom loved Fritos. At supper time our meals were often beans, chicken and fried eggplant, and home grown fruits and vegetables from our own Victory Gardens. I never realized we were poor!
What does Peanut Butter have to do with local debt? $0.74 cents out of every dollar paid to our county’s Tax Commissioner goes to the School District, a lot of it spent on feeding other people’s children! Perhaps it’s the cost of feeding so many ‘hungry’ school children at tax payer expense that the school district takes such a high bite out of our tax dollar.
Can the costs incurred be alleviated by the cheaper alternative of turning the feeding of their own children back over to the parents? It can be done. It was done before and nobody complained, and because store shelves quickly empty of peanut butter, clearly they’re doing it again. I think peanut butter and jelly sandwiches taken to school in a paper bag will do quite nicely.
Because it’s the one food product during this China Wuhan virus crisis consistently missing from modern day store shelves, is where the clue lies. We can easily extrapolate from the items missing from store shelves that people are buying peanut butter as a nutritional alternative because its inexpensive, children love it, children can make sandwiches themselves, it goes a long way, and fulfills the nutritional needs children’s bodies require, on the cheap so to speak.
Government(s), county governments, simply cannot continue spending money they don’t have by taxing the citizens of money they don’t have, to satisfy the Progressive need to prove that government must provide everything to everybody, all the time. It’s another mark of the loss of Americans’ self-sufficiency and independence. Gimmicks like Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (TSPLOST) schemes are losing their appeal to local tax payers.
Let’s start re-thinking our real needs and how to pay for ’em!
Remember, freedom is the goal, the Constitution is the way. Now, go get ’em!
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