Tuesday, January 08, 2008


I attended a town meeting last night where our state representative was taking public comments about how the legislature should address the property tax issue in the upcoming session. I was glad to see that I wasn't the only person in attendance that would like to see property taxes eliminated completely. I was also glad to see other people suggesting that government spending needed to be trimmed.

When one gentleman made such a suggestion, our representative asked if he would be willing to give up police and fire protection to achieve those cuts.

It must be the first lesson of "Politics 101". If someone mentions cutting spending, immediately try to scare the public by suggesting that any cuts would first effect police protection, like any cuts in education would first result in teacher layoffs.

How about a little something from "Politics 202". How about if we start cutting spending on the non-essential things that our government shouldn't be involved in in the first place. Things like hiking trails, swimming pools and golf courses, convention centers and sports stadiums, not to mention all of those tax dollars they give away to multi-million dollar companies. And how about spending our education dollars more on education and less on entertainment.

That's not so scary, is it?


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