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Re: “TABOR tyranny

RE: TABOR tyranny, Independent April 9. My two cents, perhaps four, but we will get to that.

First off, I agree with TABOR. But let me be clear, I have no love for Douglas Bruce whose emotional maturity is that of a three year old. Thanks for the illegal aliens in the state legislature there Douggie!

But face it, 2+2 does indeed equal 4 and it must not be a good reflection on our school system if children don't learn this until middle school. Please, if you are going to use hyperbole, be accurate. I learned that in 1st grade (no K). Now you state you can't add two rates of change. Ok. I don't know and I bet most readers don't know. After all we only learned to add in middle school. If you don't add rates then how do you do it? You neglected to tell your readers that.

Now let's get to that little block with the upside down fire truck. Just whose mistake was this? How come firefighters suddenly have to work double duty because the city wrote off seven "vacant" positions? Either they were working double duty when the positions were vacated or someone has been shelling out salaries to positions in which no one is employed. Either way, you don't suddenly put in overtime because someone at city hall wrote off positions that existed only on paper. I will skip proofreading the rest of the article.

This really brings us to the crux. Where is our taxpayer money really going?

The coffers are empty and the government cries out in ague blaming the taxpayers for tying their hands. If the taxpayers are guilty of anything it is in trusting their government. Trusting that a leopard would change its spots. Trusting that when given a strict budget, the government would actually be thrifty with the taxpayer's money.

But the government hasn't changed its spots and spent the money like it was going out of style and sure enough it has.

If anything, TABOR should have also dictated the spending of government revenue not just the acquisition of it. The politicians can't seem to wrap their minds around the fact that it is the tax payer's money, not theirs. The reason TABOR was enacted was to rein in a government that didn't understand that.

The only reason the government has for whining is because they just don't get it. They serve at our pleasure, not the other way around.

So it looks like we may have to back off of TABOR just to get out of this mess. Perhaps. This looks like another "Too big to fail" scenario and I am already against bailouts. We just need to make sure that down the road, we still have the power to control them, unlike Ritters latest scheme to do away with TABOR. And the state Supreme Court backed him up?

Which brings me to something slightly different. A rose by any other name smells sweet and a skunk by any other name still stinks. A tax by any other name is still a tax: The Storm Water Enterprise.

Posted by Galeon_7 on 04/27/2009 at 11:33 AM

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