|Re: Steve Hill's $56 Million Exaggeration|
Poster: WhosPlayin Posted: 2011/12/9 14:24:20
A right-winger is someone who buys into a bunch of talk radio bullshit rhetoric that assumes Democrats always want to raise taxes. A right-winger is someone who wages a war on arithmetic, believing that if they just try hard enough, they can get 2 + 2 to equal 5. A right-winger is someone who bitches and moans about taxes and debt, but is unable to provide examples of proposed cuts that would balance the budget at a lower rate.
You think you know what a liberal is, but your words show that you don't understand. If you want to make an attempt to understand why a fiscally conservative liberal is more responsible than the anti-tax people who claim to be conservative, you can read this post of mine. It's my opinion, not that of any candidate, but it's coming from someone you would call a liberal, and unlike the crap you hear from Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh, it's not straw man.
Unlike at the Federal level where Republicans have spent and spent and spent without collecting the equivalent amount of taxes, and actually used to say "Deficits don't matter" (until we had a Democratic Congress and President), the City of Lewisville is subject to a balanced budget for its operations, and under strict rules for long-term borrowing for capital projects. You don't just raise taxes for the hell of it. You raise them when you have to have the money to meet the expenses. You lower them when your rate is higher than you need to meet your expenses. Lewisville is a very fiscally conservative city, and Ferguson is a fiscally conservative candidate who knows how to do math. He knows what revenue sources can be used for which funds, and doesn't run based on faulty assumptions of how he could needlessly strip away spending on items that actually make our community a better place to live.
I challenge you to name an expenditure the City makes that the citizens would come out ahead for the city not spending. You want to save $10 by not filling a pothole? Some citizen is going to pay $1000 in car repairs. A true fiscal conservative will weigh the whole picture and spend WHAT IS APPROPRIATE, not what is convenient, or what appeases the extremist anti-tax crowd. The bottom line requires looking at the whole picture.
I challenge you to name a regulation that imposes on your property rights, that is not necessary to protect someone else's rights. If you don't like regulations, you need to move out into the country somewhere. Lewisville is a dense urban environment, and we have to have regulations and code enforcement so that we can all peacefully enjoy our property without suffering someone else's externalities.
BTW, your "conservatives" did just vote for a sales tax increase, as did the majority of your community. There are times when it just makes sense.