By: Diane Benjamin
Capitalism has lifted millions of people around the globe out of poverty. It’s the perfect formula for success: I have a widget that you want. You give me something of value for the widget. Both of us are happy. With the Internet, exchanging things of value is possible across the globe.
If government stays out of the process even more people will prosper. The only job government has is making sure the fair exchanges aren’t hampered with regulations and red tape. Government’s job is not to parent people by dictating what transactions they will allow.
If four years of Tari crony capitalism hasn’t convinced you his meddling in the economy is taking Bloomington down, his comments in Sunday’s bird-cage liner should seal the deal.
Renner thinks the $1 million+ spent locally on video gaming each week should be spent somewhere else.
I wonder if Tari is willing to give up the $730,000 in taxes the City collected last year. Tari also claimed liquor law enforcement associated with gaming cost much more than that. Of course he couldn’t provide any documentation. I wonder if the Assistant Police Chief stills has a job since he is quoted in the story disagreeing with Renner.
Tari doesn’t think people should be allowed to decide for themselves where they want to spend their money. He wants to decide for you, that’s why taxes have skyrocketed. Obviously plebes aren’t capable of choosing acceptable to Tari entertainment.
I wonder where Tari wants you to spend your money? The Coliseum? ( It won’t be renamed until the Council votes tonight) The BPCA? Some other location forced to add a 4% Amusement Tax?
The “structural deficit” problem Tari has failed to fix will magically reappear soon. He will ask the Council to approve stealing even more of your money. City employees need raises, pensions need spiked, gold plate insurance needs paid for, the soccer kids need a complex, the library needs a new building, Public Works needs one too, City Hall needs replaced.
See the Pantagraph story HERE
Many quotes are included for which Renner can’t provide proof. Is the Pantagraph intentionally making Renner look like a liar, or are imaginary facts now news?
The City can’t figure out why the last Sales Tax increase didn’t fill their coffers. It’s really simple! When government takes more, people have less to spend. Capitalism is stymied by the people who should be protecting it.
Tari, maybe video gaming is popular because it’s cheap entertainment and it’s all a lot of people can afford now.