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December 26, 2007

Line Between Taxation and Slavery Blurs

The line between excessive taxation and slavery is getting blurrier in Greenburgh, New York, where seniors who can't handle Westchester County's exorbitant property taxes may be granted the privilege of working off part of their tax bill in a desperate bid to hold onto the homes they supposedly own.

As Town Supervisor Paul Feiner is kind enough to observe:

People shouldn't have to sell their house, move away to a place with less taxes, leave behind their family and friends.

The solution: labor for the state at a rate of $7 per hour (minimum wage in New York State is $7.15 per hour).

A similar program in Boulder County, Colorado has more than twice as many applicants as openings. Apparently slave labor beats taking out a reverse mortgage that could result in foreclosure.

Feiner likes the idea of getting tax-slave seniors to work in schools:

If we got seniors working for the schools, there might be a more intergenerational feeling there. It might be easier to pass the school budgets.

In other words, he hopes this will make them more likely to vote for the same extravagant spending that is resulting in them being taxed out of their homes.

On a tip from Wiggins.

Posted by Van Helsing at December 26, 2007 10:03 AM

Comments

I thought workhouses went the way of Dickens?

I suppose the phrase "tax break" is verboten in Westchester.

Posted by: Pam at December 26, 2007 10:49 AM

I know this isn't an article about reverse mortgage, but I just wanted to point out that they don't lead to foreclosure, they actually prevent them. There are no required monthly payments, so one cannot default on them. The only requirements are to keep up with homeowners insurance, property tax (which the loan can make much easier to maintain), and keep the home in a decent state of repair. The proceeds of a reverse mortgage are also tax-free.

Just wanted to point that out.

Have a great day!

Posted by: Corey Matelli at December 26, 2007 11:49 AM

lost for words

Posted by: Ian from the EUSSR at December 26, 2007 1:05 PM

"allows seniors to be able to work and be involved in the community"

Note the usual doublespeak of liberal nazism; forcing people to do something is "allowing" them to do it.

Posted by: Ian from the EUSSR at December 26, 2007 1:12 PM

Government: Give us all your money. If you're 80, then get out there and work for sub-minimum wage, or we'll take your house. And then we'll brag about how we're giving you an opportunity to continue living where you've been living for 40 years.

Insanity.

Posted by: mega at December 26, 2007 11:56 PM

I bet that these seniors will also have to pay income taxes on this as well...

Posted by: DarthTbone at December 27, 2007 5:47 AM