WUI (Writing under the influence)

Somebody once said we are all Americans, sometimes born in the wrong places.
On a warm autumn day in 1986, while enjoying beer with my college buddies,
I decided to join my new homeland.

I've come to appreciate the ideals that helped create this great country.
Liberalism, political-correctness, multiculturalism and moral equivalence
are destroying it.

This old house Grovenet Wal*Mart Visiting Poland American wine better than French.

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

 

Taxes

One would think that property taxes in Madison, WI can't go any higher. Well, one would obviously be a Republican and wrong.

The following are items I would scrap in 7 short strokes of a pen.

  • Hiring a fiscal efficiency auditor to analyze city spending, initiatives and services and offer recommendations on potential consolidations and efficiencies;
  • Moving forward on a Department of Civil Rights that will provide new services in language assistance, a recruiter, fair housing testing and minimum wage enforcement (both the auditor and the Department of Civil Rights will require final Council approval early next year);
  • Implementing an automated recycling system;
  • Hiring an Alcohol Policy Coordinator, in conjunction with the University;
  • Training project managers to shepherd large development projects through city processes;
  • Purchasing new computer software to streamline development review;
  • Investing $50,000 in energy-saving initiatives set forth by the Mayor’s Energy Task Force.



  • The first item on its face may seem like a step in the right direction. Color me skeptical. These people will never cut anything unless their lives depend on it. This is a token position for which a close cousin of the mayor will probably be hired. The mayor will tell people who object to raised taxes next year: "Look we even hired an expert and he tells us there is nothing we can do. It's all Bush's fault. And Halliburton's. And all those red states."

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