While playing, it was very easy to get into a trance while munching on the dots. "Gotta get the dots...gotta get the dots", I kept telling myself.
Many elected officials from local school boards to commissioners to state legislators to congressman and senators are engaged in a giant game of Pac Man, with the dots representing current revenue generators (taxes), the power dots representing new revenue generators (new taxes) and the little monsters representing government spending.
I contend that our elected officials get into trances by continually gobbling up the dots, taxes, without stopping to think why are there so many taxes. The real issue, that many in office fail to tackle, is the spending. When a new program is dreamed up or more money is needed in their eyes, it is easier to suggest a new tax or a power dot to fix the issue. It seems that they have an insaciable appetite for dots, eh, taxes.
The problem is, those pesky spending monsters are defeated only for a short period of time. And then, they return with more vengeance. As time goes on, the spending monsters recover more quickly until all the little guy can do is gobble up more dots and run for his life. Eventually, the monsters out maneuver and surround the Pac Man until the game is over.
At all levels of government, there is a spending problem in this nation and not a revenue generating one. I'm not blind to the fact that goods, products and services continue to rise, which puts officials in tough positions. Families today sometimes have to do without. Why can't the same be said of taxing authorities?
- BELIEVE that tough choices when made, such as doing without, make people stronger
- ACT by voicing your concerns, calmly and with conviction, to your elected officials about the increases in taxes as they work for you
- SERVE by voluntarily donating your time and money in your community when it is needed
If your representatives continue to ignore looking at the spending of your money, maybe its time to vote them out of the game. You have the power to tell them, "game over".