By: Diane Benjamin
Jamie Mathy has announced he is running for Alderman in Ward 1. WGLT has everything you need to know about Mathy: http://wglt.org/post/jamie-mathy-running-bloomington-alderman
Mayor Renner and at least 3 UN-named aldermen attended his announcement. The goal of Bloomington’s leadership has always been to be just like Normal. Everything passes, there is very little discussion, and nobody represents the citizens (except when they pretend to just to win elections). Jamie is a nice guy, but he will be just like the rest of Renner’s pets and buy into more of what we’ve seen the last four years. Mathy supported the 1% Sales tax increase because government needed the money. Cuts are impossible, government must make “progress”.
Your freedom to spend YOUR money where you want is immaterial. Government has a better use for it than you do.
Another WGLT story proves why government must be limited. Renner, Black and crew do not understand basic economics. http://wglt.org/post/company-excludes-bloomingtons-west-side-high-speed-internet-service#stream/0
One would think how the City has handled the Coliseum would be enough proof that government can’t be involved in business-type activities. The losses never mattered because they had the citizen-piggy-bank geared up to handle them. Regular businesses don’t have citizens to steal money from – they have to offer a service the people are able and willing to pay for.
For now, the west side of Bloomington will not have access to the new high-speed internet. Renner said he would have vetoed the company’s plan and he will put public pressure on them to run fiber optic cable to the west side. Alderman Black agreed.
Economics gets in their way of government that doesn’t understand it. The internet company obviously did their homework and is starting with areas of the City capable and willing to pay for high-speed internet. If they can’t make money they wouldn’t be doing the job.
Question for Tari and Scott: Would you work if you didn’t get paid? MetroNet feels the same way. Call it reality, capitalism, or fair. It’s ridiculous for you to demand service to the west side, where people willing and capable to pay are fewer, while you charge people for your labor. IWU and AFNI should be providing services for free! Next, Tari and Scott will demand a $15 an hour minimum wage!
Figure out yet why the bookmobile routes originally didn’t include the west side? With limited resources the library scheduled stops where the most people benefited. Only government thinks equality is the goal when equality produces equally bad results. Heavily used bookmobile stops had to be sacrificed for less use on the west side.
Sounds like Tari and Scott prefer the Connect Transit approach. Eventually they will get people out of their cars and on those empty buses. All it takes is MILLIONS of tax dollars and high gas prices.
Maybe if Tari and Scott hadn’t raised the Sales Tax, Gas Tax, Amusement Tax, Utilities Tax, Garbage Tax, and extended the .25% temporary Sales Tax the people on the west side could afford high-speed internet. The City of Bloomington stole from the people least able to pay – and they are proud of it.
MetroNet has limited resources and so do the people on the west side.
Under Home Rule, the City of Bloomington has no limitations because they can legally take ALL of your money. Mathy will be another YES vote for government domination of the local economy. Mathy wants to replace the guy who voted NO on all tax increases.
It’s not going to end well.
Maybe citizens should vote next year instead of allowing the theft to continue.