Comparing capitalists to slaves is backwards. They have much more in common with the slave owners. The action of owning slaves went unopposed for some time in history. So too will the action of oppressing the working class. Eventually, the views of the majority will no longer accept this action and it will be somehow remedied. Yes, it can be argued that the rich are "responsible" for creating jobs but I challenge you to find one elite whose primary motivation for creating business is improving of the economy and reducing unemployment for those that are less fortunate. These motivations are always secondary to profit. I don't know about you but I'm getting a little tired of living under an economic system in which the improvement of the lives of the majority of the citizens occurs only as a side-effect. I’d much rather live under the imperfect implementation of a system where this is the priority than under an imperfect system where it is not.
D.A.R.E? Really? If anything, the incredibly high levels of drug use among high school students proves that D.A.R.E. is completely worthless. It doesn't work at the elementary level, what makes you think it will influence the behavior of teenagers (a much harder group to sway)? Honestly, I think we should just do more to accept, and be open about, drug use among teenagers. The irony of it all is that drug use was probably just as high among the parents of today's teenagers when they were in high school. The problem here isn't that the high schoolers are doing drugs. It's the generational hypocrisy.
Keep up the good work Martin. You're the only one so far that has suggested anything reasonable. Hopefully the voters will be on your side come election time--doubtful, but I'm hoping.
Downtowngirl, You can sell your solar power back to the grid. CSU will pay you the wholesale rate and then sell it to other customers at a profit. Despite the politically bland responses from CSU regarding alternative energy they've only explored it when they've been forced to or when it works out financially in their favor. They continue to toot their own horn about the solar plant planned for the AFA but always neglect to mention that the Federal Govt. provided the funds for it as part of a base development package. CSU is providing engineers and workers and, I'm assuming, getting paid well for their services. Despite their statistically low rates CSU is one of the biggest jokes of the Colorado Springs government, and that's saying a lot. It's not all about rates. There is more to running a successful and caring and, I might mention, citizen "owned" Utilities Company.
Hahaha, It never fails. When you mention one word about the planned and efficient growth of Denver or Boulder you always get the response, "If you like it so much, why don't you move there?" Right, that's the answer. The problem is that most people don't even realize that there is a problem. We can all preach about new urbanism and planned growth until we're blue in the face but step #1 has to be making people aware of the negative aspects of uncontrolled urban sprawl. Obviously everyone in the city experiences the effects on a daily basis but very few actually understand where to place blame.
Pokey, you keep regurgitating the same thing every week. Memorial's manager gets paid $550,000. We got it. Unfortunately the city's budget is far more than $550,000 short. Yes, some salaries could be lowered but is that going to make up for the millions of dollars of shortfall? No. You keep saying that government spending is out of control. Prove it. I want specific examples. I want numbers. No one that blames excessive government spending ever has hard data to back up their claims. But, can you really deny that more tax revenue will end up hurting the city?
Mister Mxyzptlk, " So what if every time the city has asked for more money for police and fire service the citizens have approved them"
Uh...? Did you participate in the last election? 1A did not pass last time I checked. I'll say the same thing to you as I said to Pokey, prove it. Where's the crookedness of the City Council? I want specific examples. Name one positive aspect of TABOR other than the fact that voters have to approve tax increases. Everyone sits around and points fingers but no one ever provides logic and fact to backup their accusations. Finger pointing never changed anyone's opinions. Finger pointing never inspired someone to take action. Finger pointing never improved anything anywhere Prove it. Prove it to me. Prove it to the citizens of Colorado Springs.
It's almost at the point where an increase in property taxes is going to be too little too late (if voters can even ever be convinced to pass one). The residents of Colorado Springs are quick to vote against any tax increase but they they complain about 911 response time and crime levels throughout the city. Just like every other area of government, people get what they pay for. I have the feeling that things will get much much worse until the City of Colorado Springs and El Paso County are forced to consolidate resources (like the City and County of Denver have).
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