Here we go again:
Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba was there in his typical hyper-emotional mode:
“This draconian cut must not be allowed to stand”. At least he didn’t go all school yard bully and call Bobby Schilling juvenile names which is a marked improvement.
The whining and crying at this event was deafenng, if not predictable. These groups demand federal taxpayer money for:
**job creation (hey what about that massive “stimulus” two years ago?)
**the homeless, hungry and victims of violence
**reading newspapers to the blind WTF?!?
**demolishing abandoned buildings
etc. etc. etc.
This trite and all-too typical quote from a Salvation Army representative is hilarious:
“There are a lot of other things that could cut other than somebody’s dignity” as if sucking on the taxpayer’s teat in perpetuity is dignified. Of course no mention was made of which programs the spokesperson thought should be cut instead.
Pardon my cynicism, but is it really the job of taxpayers in Maine, Georgia and Arizona to pay for tearing down buildings in Rock Island, reading to the QC blind, stocking QC food pantries, paying for QC public radio?
No, it is not.
Every one of these municipalities has the power to tax, and they have no problem taxing in order to cater to their public employee union’s every whim and demand—Rock Island taxpayers are buying shoes for unionists.
Local public radio, local Salvation Army, local YMCAs, should DEMAND local governments step up to the plate and finance their wishes and wants, just as they do the wishes and wants of Big Labor.