By: Diane Benjamin
Government wastes your money! Proof: An unused fire station and unused water tower. $$$$ – MILLIONS – $$$$ poof, up in smoke and nobody in jail.
Those are just huge examples of utter incompetence. Many many more exist on a small scale. Just this week Council and staff time were needed for a special meeting because the agenda wasn’t properly prepared for the Monday night meeting. How many instances of waste, fraud, and abuse exist that we never know about? How many city employees are miserable because they are trapped in the job and unable to stand up for taxpayers?
Today Steve Vogel wasted ink in the paper criticizing the Bloomington City Council for dumping the Sales Tax sharing plan with Normal. Stevie, Bloomington has enough reckless spending they can’t afford, why give up money to Normal to subsidize their reckless spending? I wonder if Vogel’s daughter is going to be Renner’s campaign manager for the 3rd time? Forget to disclose that Stevie?
Here’s an easy solution that won’t take hiring more Administration people to oversee sharing: Sign an agreement. Neither Bloomington or Normal gives any business a dime in tax rebates, incentives, free land, etc etc to move from one city to the other. Case closed! I’m sure attorneys can turn that into a 20 page document, otherwise the cost is minimal.
But WAIT! Your local leftists want to social engineer your streets. Monday the Council will hear about “Complete Streets”. Bike Blono (a tiny minority of citizens) is behind it: http://bikeblono.org/2016/06/why-a-complete-streets-policy-is-a-win-win-win-for-bloomington-normal/
Scott Black is quoted in the bird-cage liner saying this policy will increase safety and decrease costs. He wants you out of your car because he doen’t want to pay to fix the roads. He (and Bike Blono) claim they can’t afford to, but that’s because roads aren’t glamorous. Black and others on the Council wants to be memorable – like Markowitz and the Coliseum. He probably wants the roof-top restaurant at the new taxpayer-funded downtown hotel named after him. After the City commits $$$-Millions-$$$, not much is left for the roads.
People who believe having bikes on major roads next to cars is safe are probably the same people who think taxpayer subsidies of $700,000 a MONTH for buses is good policy!
Citizens are constantly being forced to pay for government lunacy. Renner can read tea leaves or tarot cards because he knows the future. It multi-modal. Your future streets will allow for buses, bikers, walkers, and a few cars. The Feds have so declared and they hand out your money to make it happen.
We’ve seen this play out over and over. Gas prices intentionally skyrocketed as companies were not allowed to drill on federal land anymore. Remember when gas got close to $5 a gallon? A leftist wet dream! Then fracking on private land brought the price down. Our current leaders don’t want you free to drive, so they tried by making driving expensive. Now they will try abolishing roads.
Re-read the second Bike Blono paragraph. They want only two lanes packed full of cars, probably at 20 miles per hour. Last paragraph – safety over speed.
The only fix for stopping your government from telling you how to live is: Elect different people! Government has no authority to bankrupt citizens with higher taxes so they can control you.
Change the City Code. List what local government can spend money on. If it’s not on the list it isn’t even discussed, let alone funded. If government isn’t put in a sealed box, it’s free to pursue ideology at your expense.
If the guys below cared, maybe people would subscribe again. I wonder why this abandoned vehicle hasn’t been ticketed. The white duct tape is classy! More friends of government get a pass not available to you?