“I spoke on both the tax increase and the Moss / DeSteph alternative budget last night. I have to admit that when the vote was taken, I felt like a little puppy that had been kicked around by bullies just for fun.
“As far as accountability goes, I believe the pilot who spoke got it right: The only way to force a smaller government sentiment is to simply pick-off those slugs one-by-one. John and Bill absolutely need Council challenger Chuck Smith and mayoral challenger Rick “RK” Kowalewitch to join them in the fight. Additional, electable candidates would be mo' betta.
“We must erase the voter divide that was established by the big spenders last night. Unfortunately, it was small government advocates versus the teachers and first responders. If we strip-away all the crazy projects (enumerated by budget page number by John) and the "budgeted jobs," we could probably afford to give everybody a raise.
“Voters have to be made to realize that, like my comments regarding the changes I made in my small business, city government has to change the way they do business. Otherwise, we'll see tax increase after tax increase ad infinitum.
“So, if that's what it's going to take, we just have to be ready to take the "small government" show on the road early this fall to all the civic associations and explain the vision for a smaller, more nimble city government that puts the special interests last for good! I don't believe that the solution is anything but long term. We have to get John and Bill some reinforcements.
“Until we have the votes, the special interests will keep loading the wagon, no matter how loudly us mules protest!”
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