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Old 02-01-2010, 11:34 AM
 
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Their ideology in action.........Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs cuts into services considered basic by many - The Denver Post

"More than a third of the streetlights in Colorado Springs will go dark Monday. The police helicopters are for sale on the Internet. The city is dumping firefighting jobs, a vice team, burglary investigators, beat cops — dozens of police and fire positions will go unfilled.

The parks department removed trash cans last week, replacing them with signs urging users to pack out their own litter.

Neighbors are encouraged to bring their own lawn mowers to local green spaces, because parks workers will mow them only once every two weeks. If that.

Water cutbacks mean most parks will be dead, brown turf by July; the flower and fertilizer budget is zero.

City recreation centers, indoor and outdoor pools, and a handful of museums will close for good March 31 unless they find private funding to stay open. Buses no longer run on evenings and weekends. The city won't pay for any street paving, relying instead on a regional authority that can meet only about 10 percent of the need."


Right wing lemmings too brainwashed to dare raise taxes on the wealthy or corporations. Instead they will do without proper road repairs and recreation.
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Old 02-01-2010, 11:51 AM
 
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Their ideology in action.........Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs cuts into services considered basic by many - The Denver Post

"More than a third of the streetlights in Colorado Springs will go dark Monday. The police helicopters are for sale on the Internet. The city is dumping firefighting jobs, a vice team, burglary investigators, beat cops — dozens of police and fire positions will go unfilled.

The parks department removed trash cans last week, replacing them with signs urging users to pack out their own litter.

Neighbors are encouraged to bring their own lawn mowers to local green spaces, because parks workers will mow them only once every two weeks. If that.

Water cutbacks mean most parks will be dead, brown turf by July; the flower and fertilizer budget is zero.

City recreation centers, indoor and outdoor pools, and a handful of museums will close for good March 31 unless they find private funding to stay open. Buses no longer run on evenings and weekends. The city won't pay for any street paving, relying instead on a regional authority that can meet only about 10 percent of the need."

Right wing lemmings too brainwashed to dare raise taxes on the wealthy or corporations. Instead they will do without proper road repairs and recreation.
You think Colorado Springs should adopt the 'Wisconsin problem?' Newsflash: it won't work.

Wisconsin is taxing higher-income earners and companies so much that they're moving out of state, along with the jobs they would have provided for Wisconsin residents. Consequently, Wisconsin is in serious budget deficit trouble.

"Wisconsin had one of the five worst migration patterns in the United States from 2000 to 2006. Higher income individuals left Wisconsin. Individuals on the lowest rung of the economic ladder migrated to Wisconsin.
The Princeton report concludes simply, "Wisconsin is more attractive to low income individuals than high wage earners."
That migration impacts the financial, the social and the human capital of Wisconsin."
WISCONSIN STATE JOURNAL

"...Wisconsin one of 10 states most in “fiscal peril.” The news made headlines around the state. Of the states listed, however, only California, Illinois and Wisconsin reported GAAP deficits last year. Pew said California “was in a league of its own.” Yet it is worth noting that Wisconsin’s deficit per capita was four times larger than California’s."
Todd A. Berry: The $2.7 billion state deficit no one told you about

More food for thought:
Smart Politics - Democratic-Controlled Legislatures Overseeing 17 of the 20 Highest State Budget Deficits Nationwide
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Old 02-01-2010, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Holly Springs, NC USA
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It's called spending - people are reacting to the irresponsible spending and waste of the federal government and are cutting wherever they will and can. So I think you could probably see the correlation.
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Old 02-01-2010, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Can I now say that blackie is keeping me down?
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Old 02-01-2010, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Did anybody here even bother to READ the link posted?

Good grief! Conservatives; Obama; federal spending! All have been touted as the "cause" of such drastic cutbacks when, in fact, it's a result of the VOTERS of Colorado Springs voting down a tax increase! What do white conservatives, the President of the United States or the federal budget have to to with that? Nothing, that's what!

Y'all will go to any lengths to spin a story like this to "prove" your biases, won't you?

Get a grip, folks. Ideologies and what happens, or doesn't happen, in Washington is NOT the root of all evil.

Frankly, I'm proud of the good citizens of Colorado Springs. They finally stood up and said, "You know what? We can't keep paying higher and higher taxes indefinitely to support more and more spending. There is an end point to all this and we say it's right now."

I hope they stick to their guns.
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Old 02-01-2010, 12:08 PM
 
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It's called spending - people are reacting to the irresponsible spending and waste of the federal government and are cutting wherever they will and can. So I think you could probably see the correlation.
No. It's called right wing brainwashing.

Military spending is absurdly out of control and is a much much bigger share of the pie than domestic spending.

Discretionary spending, 1977-2009 | National Priorities Project (http://www.nationalpriorities.org/Discretionary%20spending%201977-2007 - broken link)

Right wing lemmings have been programmed to reject prudent tax hikes on the wealthy and corporations while at the same time smearing anyone who dares criticize the defense budget as "caving into terrorism".

These white right wing voters of Colorado Spring proudly vote for the GOP who will grow the defense budget while cutting basic middle class services.
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Old 02-01-2010, 12:10 PM
 
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I just stubbed my big toe on a chair....I think I'll blame Obama for that too...apparently he's supposed to manage and fix everything in all citizens lives....


god helps those who help themselves...
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Old 02-01-2010, 12:15 PM
 
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Here's the choice that the mayor had. Cut government spending or raise taxes. If you raise taxes too much, people who pay taxes will leave - and the government still won't have enough money.

Government is actually cutting back. What does that mean? They will have the opportunity to perform these services privately. Maybe if individuals could come up with a way to do some of these services cheaper and smarter than the government - then it may be a win-win.

Right now, the people are crying because the services are being removed - which is a natural reaction. Hopefully as time passes, people will settle down and more private companies can take part in the operation of the city.
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Old 02-01-2010, 12:20 PM
 
Location: deafened by howls of 'racism!!!'
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Frankly, I'm proud of the good citizens of Colorado Springs. They finally stood up and said, "You know what? We can't keep paying higher and higher taxes indefinitely to support more and more spending. There is an end point to all this and we say it's right now."

I hope they stick to their guns.

living within one's means... what a novel concept!
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Old 02-01-2010, 12:20 PM
 
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Here's the choice that the mayor had. Cut government spending or raise taxes. If you raise taxes too much, people who pay taxes will leave - and the government still won't have enough money.

Government is actually cutting back. What does that mean? They will have the opportunity to perform these services privately. Maybe if individuals could come up with a way to do some of these services cheaper and smarter than the government - then it may be a win-win.

Right now, the people are crying because the services are being removed - which is a natural reaction. Hopefully as time passes, people will settle down and more private companies can take part in the operation of the city.
More right wing talking points!

The reason people move from State to State is primarily because of tax rates!

Please post evidence of this???
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