When you go, pack your sense of humor. Politically, the owner and I would agree on the necessity of breathing, but that's about it. That being said, he has always treated me and my family, even my two year-old, who can be handful, well.
"Why do we tease? Because we love."
In 1987, they had the hearing; they voted in 1988.
There was no obstruction.
They're hiding behind the "Thurmond rule" named for one of the biggest racists in the history of Senate. Hypocrisy is mother's milk to Chinless Mitch.
In 1988, McConnell said the Thurmond rule didn't matter. Uh-huh.
As for their defense, the people HAVE spoken . President Obama serves until January 2017 because he won a second term by 5,000,000 votes. The people spoke loudly. Twice.
Dr. Thompson --
Just make a list of the things you don't want to pay for, and we will take you off the list.
There are so many things that I do not want to pay for, but part of living in a democracy is holding your nose. However, your piece does highlight the YOYO nature of today -- if I don't benefit from it, I should not have to pay for it. What about your neighbor -- is he or she worthy of your consideration, does he or she benefit from PUBLIC expenditures?
I would agree -- increasing the sales tax is not only regressive but a surrender to political "reality." Folks in this town do not want to pay more, regardless of the value it might create for the COMMUNITY.
Ah, Mr. Lowery, as I do not get the Gagzette anymore, I have missed your taxophobic screeds in the comments page, where personal attack stands as debate. So . . . how has this low-tax strategy worked out for The Springs? How many jobs has Tabor created?
Study after study have pointed out that low-tax environments breed low-wage jobs. Another call-center is right around the corner. Color me impressed. On the other hand, infrastructure studies point out that every dollar expended results in greater value, much more than what is expended.
Springs folks are NOT over-taxed. The last surveys I viewed have Colorado 47th or 48th nationally in total taxation. El Paso County, the Alabama of Colorado, is far lower within the state. Mr. Lowery, living costs -- but do you ever consider the value that investment creates?
As long as I have lived in Colorado Springs -- 25 years -- John Daly called for the sale of Memorial Hospital. His persistence was rewarded with its sale -- a transaction with which I am still not comfortable, especially as the city bait-and-switched PERA to make the sale more digestible.
Utilities is a far different asset to this community. All you have to do is watch "The Smartest Guys in the Room" to see how a corrupt entity like Enron manipulates energy markets.
And, yes, it can happen here.
"Anybody else want to be enlightened?"
Gosh, Reverend Pedigo, count me in. But only if I get to sit at your feet.
"I lived in Colorado most of my life and one of the nicest things about it was that government couldn't just keep raising taxes so they could spend the thievery on their pet projects. "
Then don't expect a statute to do your work for you. If you elect people who do not do what you want, get off your backside and vote.
Similarly, I do not like initiative and referendum because it provides a trapdoor for politicians to duck responsibility. Rather than take heat over some issue that is worthy of public debate, real debate, let them vote in the public record. Handing it over to voters can be dangerous, depending upon the issue. Take "gay marriage," as an example. Why should a right be bestowed or taken from a group by simple majority vote? No.
Term limits are much the same thing in my mind. If we do our jobs as voters, they are unnecessary. Otherwise, we see politicians jump from one lily pad to the next -- the legislature to the statehouse back to the legislature.
If you think you are electing thieves, then do something about it rather than letting a "system" do it for you.
Let me see if I have this right: demonizing "developer" is bad, but trashing "liberals" is
almost an article of faith, a community service. I am old enough and skeptical enough to realize that the L-word is toxic in El Paso County. Got that. But given the track record of the "conservatives" and "small government" libertarians at the local, state, and national levels, the abject failure of supply-side economics, and the social conservatives who want the government to intervene in the bedrooms of "them," how much credence can you give to their views?
"Rather, liberal thinking is dominated by an obsession with power . . . " That makes Dick Cheney, advocate of the imperial presidency and the "So what?" distaste for opposing viewpoints, a wild-eyed liberal of the first order. Come on -- this isn't close to reasoned discourse. Just tell me why it's bad to "demonize" developers but excoriating liberals is just.
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