Group Suspends Political Black Friday Banner Above Highway

PA Working Families hung a 30-foot banner in Middletown that urged Congressman Mike Ftizpatrick to "extend the middle class tax cuts.”

As thousands of Black Friday deal hunters filled the Oxford Valley Mall, members of PA Working Families suspended a 30-foot banner calling for an extension of middle-class tax cuts across the Woodbourne Road overpass in Middletown.

The banner hung above I-95 and read: “Tell Rep. Fitzpatrick: Extend the Middle Class Tax Cuts, 866-426-2631.”

In a release, the group said they are calling on Bucks County Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick to vote to extend tax cuts that help the middle class.

"Donald Trump doesn’t have to wake up at 4:00 a.m. to save money on a toaster, but the middle class do. We need the middle class tax cuts so that we can put people back to work and keep our economic recovery going,” Warminster resident Mary Downing is quoted as saying in a release. 

President Obama recently called for an extention of the middle-class tax cuts. He also called for taxes to be increased for the raised on the wealthiest Americans, according to a story from McClatchy Newspapers. 

Susan Gibbons November 24, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Chris. I would not "poo poo" your analysis. I agree with much of it. I am 71+ in age and can remember back when I first started out..things were much easier..but people were poorer...we lived within our means but it was not deprivation...a washing machine was a luxury..and we did not buy stuff when the need arose...we saved for what we wanted...that way there was no instant gratification and great appreciation for what we did have. We saved our money in little brown envelopes called a budget saver. We paid cash for everything, including rent...the man came around once a month to collect and the metric for the cost of rent was a weeks pay..or maybe it was 2 but it did not require 2 paychecks to live and support kids. A person could get a decent job without a high school diploma so college was never an issue. My first job was in a 5 and 10 cent store on the west side of NYC...I made 75 cents an hour...I worked part time as I was still in school but the 20 bucks a week kept me in clothes and shoes and school supplies. If I could have one wish it would be to time travel back. I truly feel sorry for the younger generations today.
Susan Gibbons November 24, 2012 at 05:18 PM
PS...I know how much I pay in taxes...and the property taxes are the most egregious because it is based on an intangible asset. My house does not generate income, its value is questionable, the true value is what someone is willing to pay for it, not what the county assessor says it is worth. It is so punitive and archaic and yet the legislators will not find a solution.
Chris Taylor Jr November 24, 2012 at 06:06 PM
The TRUE value of our house is $0. the reason is simple. its not for sale and we have no plans in the forseeable future to sell it. Property taxes are an oxymoron they are not taxes they are RENT. remember you do NOT own your home. the state owns your home. YOU only have right of usage under Fee Simple Title (actual ownership would be allodial title which your not allowed to have) You say the legislators won't find a solution but that is also a bit of a fiction. Saying the legislators need to find a solution is like saying YOU need to find a solution and the solution is for you to "give up" your income or at least a huge chunk of it. would you? the solution will NEVER come from legislators because you are asking them to cut their own revenue. the solution has to come from "US" enmass. my property/school taxes are 28.9% of my total earnings. over $7400 a year and I don't live in no mansion either. I live in Levittown PA in a over 30 year old home on less than 1/3 of an acre of land. the OTHER problem we have in our monetary system ENSLAVING us today is USURY in extreme. do you know what your interest rate is on your mortgage? not the fictional fairy tale abused APR but your REAL interest rate? most people are paying over 120% interest with MANY paying over 140% actual. do the math. take your monthly payment. subtract your taxes from it if they are via your payment. multiple by 12 x years on loan. subtract the principle. I think you will be shocked.
Chris Taylor Jr November 24, 2012 at 06:08 PM
BTW school taxes are a LITERAL rip off. in our lifetime we will pay well over $448,000 in school taxes. (assuming 80 years) FIND ME ANY COLLEGE even that costs anywhere NEAR that much cash. where the HECK is all this money going. it sure is NOT going into our crappy schools of that I am certain.
ingrid November 24, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Susan and Chris I do agree with your points. Susan, the younger generation does for the most part live beyond their means. The immediate gratification concept I still don't understand. While I am at the tail end of the baby boomers but have always had a mindset much older than my age, I never understood the wants vs. the needs. Until people can understand the differences between the two, many will always live in debt although I know some in my age category and have always lived beyond their means and have nothing to show for it. It makes me feel sorry for those who just don't get it. Until our government wakes up and realizes they need to spend less, nothing is going to change. I also believe that the teachers union is responsnible for part of the hardships the average taxpayers faces. They certainly could use a reality check in my opinion. A choice was made several weeks ago and amazingly enough it proved my point - America is getting dumber.


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