Sunday, September 30, 2007
Alice Hausman, Tax and Spender,
Redistributor of Wealth
A freeway bridge fell, and the state still can't find a way to invest more in transportation, laments [Democrat St. Paul State Representative Alice Hausman].
"We just moved through this time of crisis," Hausman said (referring to the collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis on August 1 - Drake), "and we didn't do a thing...People are fed up with us."
Property taxes are spiking - especially in her St. Paul district - and there's no boost in state aid for cities.
Minnesota's Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty (of whom I am no fan), called a special legislative session for one day, on September 11, to address the I-35W bridge. Legislative leaders agreed, prior to the special session, that the issue they would address is the bridge. It was not a special session for All Things Tax and Spend, and Alice "laments" that it wasn't. Awwww - doesn't that just make you heart drop down to your pelvis? Another tissue, please.
Hausman heads the House Capitol Investment Finance Division - the bonding panel. That should give her a lot of say about broken bridges, stalled traffic, polluted water and the like.
"We will not let gridlock between three leaders be the defining point of government in Minnesota. We all represent our constituents. We don't represent our leaders," [said Hausman].
Minnesota plans to spend billions and billions of dollars on more Light Rail routes that they call "corridors." I need to Go Ask Alice if this money could be better spent on highways, freeways, bridges, polluted water and the like.
Go Ask Alice Hausman
Light Rail is the perpetual Money Pit, it will never, never ever be cost-effective. Light Rail was supposed to alleviate freeway and traffic congestion, but this hasn't happened. Highway traffic is still heavy and congested. The answer pitched by Alice Hausman and the Social Engineering Crowd is to build more Light Rail commuter lines. This is kind of like saying the answer to fixing a boat leak is by punching another hole in its hull.
I don't know about your constituents, Alice, but the taxpayers I know are stretched to their household limits on spending. They've tightened their belts as tightly as they can. They've cut back and reduced not only their discretionary spending but their necessary spending.
I find the Tax and Spend and Redistribute Money Mentality of folks like Alice Hausman and Democrats like her onerous, reprehensible and disgusting.
The statement at the beginning of this post, the one of "the state still can't find a way to invest more in transportation," - replace the word "invest" with "tax more", because this is what Democrats mean when they use the word "invest".
No Alice, we don't need to
Alice typifies the problem that Minnesota and other states, and the federal government all have in common. It's not a problem of not having enough money. They have too much money, far too much. So much, that they can't help but spend it quickly and foolishly. They spend the money on Special Interest projects (nee, Light Rail), and then have the audacity to ask the taxpayers for more? It's your outright greed and avarice - and attitude of entitlement to more taxpayer money - that you should "lament", Alice. Shame on you, shame on all of you.
It's time for the state to tighten its belt and instead of looking to the taxpayer for more money, it needs to look at where it spends money foolishly, eliminate that spending, and start spending it wisely. It's time for the state to downsize across the board instead of asking the taxpayer to "invest" more money.
I don't know what part of "it's not the spending, it's what they spend it on," that these Tax and Spenders don't f---ing understand. It galls me to no end.
I need a good primal scream session now.
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