The further and continuing adventures of the girl who sat in the back of your homeroom, reading and daydreaming.
Monday, June 14, 2010
"He's Down, Kick Him Again!"
...Or so says a letter-writer in the local NewsPulp, addressing BP's refinery along Indiana's Lake Michigan shore. --And never you mind that they've sunk millions into ongoing modernization projects, nor that Indian's own IDEM isn't affected by the ongoing mess in the Gulf of Mexico.
Next up (linklessly, they wanna sell ya newsprint; it's their content, after all): Fran "Tax Me Harder" Quigley on the property tax "cap" some most of us are hoping to get added to Indiana's State constitution. Our resident anti-gun bedwetter loathes the idea; after all, he asserts, "property taxes are actually fair to most citizens," though he offers nothing to back that up. That'd be unfair to some, Fran -- I thought you were all about fairness, or are some tax-bearing animals less equal than other? He omits that school boards are not bound by the cap; he shudders to think the state might charge user fees or raise sales taxes. Nope, he wants to tax something you can't easily change, something you may, in fact, not be able to escape at all unless you're willin' to sleep rough and live light: the roof over your head. ...Or the former roof over your head, if you can't bear the increasing property-tax burden. It got out of control, Fran, and now it's being (partially) limited. And what vexes you most is, now it can't be used to enact your cripple-the-successful version of "social justice." Awwww.
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Ego vadum perussi vestri prandium
"I saw to what extent the people among whom I lived could be trusted as good neighbors and friends; that their friendship was for summer weather only; that they did not greatly propose to do right; that they were a distinct race from me by their prejudices and superstitions."