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R U ready for the old white guy revolution?
Written by Jim Robertson   
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 7:34 PM

Are you a happy camper? Did the recent election warm the cockles of your heart? Or did it give you a massive gut ache?

Can’t say that I didn’t expect the results. They went pretty much as I figured. It just points up the coming of a second civil war in this country. Nobody is happy with anybody that doesn’t agree with their opinion.

The final demographics of the election just point up how racist the country has become.

I can say this since I now seem to be in the minority and therefore the oppressed. You know,  an old white guy. You could see how the breakdown was going to go when various polls and surveys were conducted before the election.

Amuse me
I particularly was amused when there was a poll of athletes taken and the results drew a color line.  The NBA players polled were for President Obama.

Must be color since most of the players in the NBA are African-American and yet fall into that rich bracket that the President decrees must be taxed more.

Apparently color wins out over the hardship of paying more in.

The white athletes were overwhelmingly for Governor Romney.  May be race but may be pocketbook.

At any rate, the debacle is over and now the aftermath, or maybe the fallout, or maybe another two years of gridlock.

Oh I know opposite sides have said all of the proper things about bipartisanship and reaching across the aisle. I’m not expecting a hug fest with everybody singing Kum By Ya.

Now that the election is over, everybody is scrambling to determine how the Affordable Care Act is going to affect them, their employer, their insurance carrier and the general ability to obtain medical insurance.

Reach in them jeans and pull out some greens. If you need to buy insurance, it ain’t going to be cheap and if you don’t, you will be taxed, so at this point, I’m in a quandary.

Depending on the price or the tax rate, let’s just say I can’t afford either.

I guess I die penniless on the doorstep of the ER or adopt the plan of myself and others like me inundating the free clinic. Ah yes, socialized medicine at its best.

That will require the government to fund more care for those who cannot fund themselves.

Of course, that will require the collection of more money from all of you taxpayers out there to keep me in a style that I will get accustomed to.

By the way, for those of you paying in to Social Security, recess is over.

Rob me
Your employer has been withholding FICA from your pay at a rate of 4.2 percent which reflected a decrease from the former rate of 6.2 percent.

Beginning of next year FICA returns to the higher rate, so for every $100 in pay you will be contributing $2 more to a retirement fund that unless you are an old guy like me, won’t be around to benefit you when you finally reach your designated retirement age.

If you are under 40, I’d make plans now to figure on working to at least age 70, if not longer.

Educate me

The president has said he’s for education, and yet some of the Bush tax cuts that are set to expire at the end of this year are for education.

I guess some of you parents out there are rich enough to pay 100 percent of your child’s tuition.

I believed that taxes were going up no matter who got put in charge of the circus. That falls under my personal mantra, TAANSTAAFL. There ain’t any no such thing as a free lunch. Bon apetit.

Jim Robertson, a Harrison City Council member, writes a weekly column for The Harrison Press.