, Salem, MA


May 9, 2013

Anderson: Tra la, it’s May — time to shop before the taxes go up


I’m sure he’s not the only productive person who has fantasies of dropping out of the private sector and sucking up government services.

In my golden years, I’m tempted myself to drop out into a simple life, smelling the lilacs and roses, watching television movies, reading novels, and writing poetry like Digby Dolen’s. But I have to stay politically involved enough to keep an eye on Proposition 2 ½, which ensures I have a roof over my Ekornes chair, where I sit to watch, read and write.

I don’t know how the new state sales tax on computer services will affect me; no one will know until bureaucrats figure out a way to implement it. But the U.S. Senate has just passed a sales tax on Internet sales that, if it gets through the U.S. House, will definitely make me pay a sales tax as well as shipping costs just to avoid driving around the North Shore using higher-taxed gas, dodging low-attention drivers.

Stop basking in May, folks, it’s time to shop!

I just went to Amazon to buy a high-quality metal toaster to replace the plastic one that caught on fire last week. I’m planning to spend the remainder of my golden years remembering my every little tax rebellion, as I enjoy toast and English muffins from my still tax-free Internet toaster.


Barbara Anderson of Marblehead is a regular Salem News columnist.

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