By: Diane Benjamin
The Council meeting last night was short. The video is below. Public Comment starts at 4:05. I hear most of the Council was busy doing other things instead of listening to the speakers. There are some CAN’T MISS comments, including Judy Stearns, Alton Franklin, Gary Lambert, and Joe Walden.
We always hear government isn’t run like a business. Obviously not, but Tari never fails to justify spending because that’s how business does it.
Watch his ending comments starting at 43:27.
Tari claims every large business belongs to professional organizations. That’s true Tari, but they spend their own money. Taxpayers aren’t forced to fund what companies choose to belong to. The City of Bloomington does choose and they spend taxpayer money to do it. Travel is frequent and the benefits of attending aren’t visible.
One of the commenters during public comment brought up the Illinois Municipal League travel reflected on Bills and Travel, so Tari took the opportunity to extol the greatness of the meeting. He specifically talked about a session he attended hosted by Kelly Cofer of The Retail Coach. This is his website: http://www.theretailcoach.net/
Cofer gets paid to “Create Economic Activity” in cities. Tari goes on to explain the first place Cofer checks is downtown. If downtown is stagnant or declining he claims the political leaders don’t understand economic development. The pictures on Cofer’s website appear to be downtown areas. Coincidence?
Tari’s idea of creating economic activity is tax breaks, TIF districts, or flat out forcing taxpayers to fund operating deficits. Think Cofer is any different?
Tari stated “cities don’t make progress if they stay isolated in silos” and “if you don’t understand what’s going on . . “. He also mentions city leaders have to know trends out there, issues, problems, and innovations.
Silos? Is that some kind of slam on farmers Tari? Some kind of slam on traditional Americans?
Is it government’s role to be “Trendy”? Government has no money they don’t take from citizens. Do you really want “trendy government”? Whatever the current trend is could be gone tomorrow and so is your money!
Tari lives in a world where government knows all and must control all. “Making Progress” is never defined. What are you making progress to Mayor?
Here’s what citizens see under your version of “progress”:
- a 4% Amusement tax
- a 4 cent a gallon gas tax
- increased utilities tax for phones, natural gas, and electricity
- an increased sales tax
- proposals for more new taxes: sewer, water, property, solid waste
Mayor: Your “progress” is bankrupting citizens.
“Making progress” is a line frequently used by big spenders. Watch for it again and again and again and again.
Meanwhile, it’s obvious that Tari will never understand real capitalism instead of the crony kind. Government intervention prevents people from bringing their products to market and other people from getting the products they want.
It could be worse, Tari could be teaching economics instead of political science.