Tax Cut or Tax Hike – Does either one really solve the problem?

I started working on Book Two of Legends of Green Isle – “The Mirror Sliver” this morning, and got somewhat distracted by the Yahoo headlines about the Payroll Tax Showdown: What the Bill means to You for a moment.  Congress is of course battling over whether to give us Americans a tax cut in our payroll which would amount to about $1,000 if you make $50,000 a year, or go the opposite and hike us back up to where we would see less money, like a $1,000 if we make $50,000 a year.  As I sat there reading this article some thoughts begin pouring forth, and of course, I have to put my two cents in on this matter.

First of all, they use the $50,000 a year salary as means of measure, to tell us that this is a $1,000 tax  hike which could be devastating if Congress can’t decide to do something about it and we don’t get it.  Well I don’t know about you, but the last time I made $50,000 a year was before 9/11 and I haven’t made much more than $23,000 a year since then, (if I’m lucky).  Because of the recession, the little town I live in has lost well over 65% of its established businesses, including a Mohawk carpet plant which put a great deal of people out into the streets when it shut down.  So, with that being said, many of us up here don’t have jobs that this stupid debate would even affect.

Then comes the second thought!  PEOPLE please!  I really don’t give a frigging hoot about the tax cut or hike, and I’m sure that the millions of people who are living in low income or below poverty (News from Dec. 15, 2011) would agree that since they are not making that $50,000 a year salary mark, it really would not affect them either, nor would they give a flying pootey, as many of those people don’t have jobs.  This is just hype to give us a scare, and hopefully force us into thinking that we should demand this tax cut .  The only people who would really see any kind of great money from it would be those who make $50,000 or more a year.

This whole debate is a tactic to steer focus from the real problem.  What this government needs to be doing is finding ways to bring back businesses that employ people.  Seems to me that they keep beating around the bushes, trying to skirt around the issue that this whole mess was created by them, and greed, for the almighty dollar.  Where is frigging FDR when we need him?  I’d like to see something in the news that shows the government actually is trying to find a solution instead of just pussyfooting around.  Good Grief, they’re worst than children.  Our country hasn’t been stable for a while and we are fast turning ourselves into a third world nation.  Occupy Wall Street is just the first of many revolutions that will be transpiring if the Government doesn’t begin a change now.   When the youngsters who come out of college find they can’t get employment, much of what happened in Europe before World War II will be happening here.  Mark my words.  History does repeat itself, because we don’t study it enough to benefit from it.

Okay, off my soapbox and back to work.  Thanks for reading and Merry Christmas Everyone.

The Large Blue Tub – Part One.

When Mom and Dad brought my grandmother’s cedar chest from Texas to Georgia, it sat in my dining room for about a week before I looked at the things which it sheltered.  My daughter briefly went through the contents the day it arrived, but I did not have time to.  She was the one to show me that besides several pieces of silver, there was other mementos Granny put in there from her life with my grandfather, like the japanese silk fan he brought back from overseas when he was in the Army Air Corp.

What caught my attention was a large blue tub.  Popping the lid open, I was surprised to see several large ziplock bags with Airmail letters from my grandparents from the 1950s and 60s to someone named Mary Louise Gay.  There was also turn of the century photos which were in excellent condition, but not labeled, so the identity of the people in them was uncertain.  Another large bag contained papers and receipts from the 1930s and 1940s for Mary Louise Gay, and then there were letters from my mother’s uncles, Sam and James Gay, during WWII.

I placed them back into the blue tub and sighed.  Later I would go through these when I had more time.  As a Historian, the items were evidence and I would need to carefully scrutinize the information they contained.  It was part of my heritage and I wanted to be able to put them together to see what was happening in my family’s lives during that time.

Last night I began that journey.

I started first with the immense files of Mary Louise Gay.  From what I gather, Mary Louise Gay was my Granny’s Aunt, and I don’t believe she ever married.  (Found a certificate from Continental Casualty Company which stated she was 42, and her beneficiary was her mother Sara A. Gay)   Delving into her personal files, I saw she was a very independent woman, who purchased her own home in Montgomery, Alabama, for the small price of $2250.00, her monthly payments being $17.63.  She worked as a clerk and manager for a dry goods store named A. Nachman at the rate of $16.50 per week. (Monthly receipts typed out by someone named Kate Thrasher showed she first was hired at $15.00 dollars a week but after one month got a raise.)

I tried to find out some information on A. Nachman’s store and was lucky to find an old photo with the building in it.  The caption stated it was taken at a parade in downtown Montgomery, Alabama before the annual Blue-Gray Football Classic.  A. Nachman building was on the corner, before it burned down.  I have not been able to find out when it burned down, but am still looking.

Like most of those who lived in the 1930s, she suffered from the effects of the depression.  There are many letters in her files stating she was behind in her mortgage payments, and receipts from the Regional Office in Atlanta of the Home Owner’s Loan Corporation from about 1936 to 1943.  I was curious what the Home Owner’s Loan Corporation was, so I did some research.

Home Owner’s Loan Corporation was a New Deal agency established by F.D.Roosevelt during 1933.  It’s purpose was to refinance mortgages that were in default to prevent foreclosure during the depression.  After monies were exhausted, they stopped giving aid in 1935, and then begin to liquidate the assets by selling off the mortgages.  It appears Mary Louise Gay paid them until about 1943.  I could not find anything after that, and the airmail letters from my grandparents were sent to a different address on 4th Street in Montgomery in the 1950s and 1960s.  This is something I want to investigate further as I feel she made have lost the fight to keep her home.

Going through the files is proving to be very interesting, as Mary Louise would place letters, newspaper clippings, notes, and other items in with her receipts.  I have discovered many more historical things which I will blog about later.  Right now I am going to pour over the letters from WWII, and see what they have to offer.