Thursday, January 27, 2011
Ya can't have your cake and eat it too.
Taxes or services?
Seems I've hit a small pocket that's newsworthy when I posted about tax and spending problems in the deep south. Those at the lower end of the spectrum are not the only ones facing difficult situations. Even the richie rich have their problems and it doesn't involve which choice of which wine to have for dinner either. The folks out on Long Island (that'd be Nassau County) are having their financial decisions taken over by state government. Somebody forgot to tell them that taxes actually pay for real things like police, firefighters, and of yes even retired county commissioners. But you know with that crowd, anything to do with taxes is evil and must be put in its' place. They rant and rave about what it costs to have public services. Those evil unions just make things so expensive you know. All the while they fail to realize what it costs for the average joe to live there. With average property taxes running $11,000 per year (some of the highest in the nation) is it any wonder a cop or fireman makes what we could only dream about making? And you sure wouldn't want your police living off island and having to commute during an emergency. But nobody thinks of those little details. Interestingly enough the Canadians are looking into addressing just this very problem, They realize that in places like Vancouver, BC most of the police and firemen don't live in the city and in the event of an earthquake there would be little response should roads become impassable.
None of this seems to matter to the "something for nothing crowd" who will try and fight the issue in court. But it won't matter from a legal standpoint because as much as you'd like you can't change facts no matter how much political spin you put on it.