Quit Yer Cryin’

Here we go again:

“Municipal officials and non-profit staffers came together Monday to urge Congress not to cut federal money they say is vital to their operations.”

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

**public radio

**YMCA/YWCA

**housing programs

**food pantries

**reading newspapers to the blind WTF?!?

**demolishing abandoned buildings

**anti-gang programs

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.

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8 responses to “Quit Yer Cryin’

  • Lou

    You should be very proud of yourself QCE. Why should the blind have special rights? Great point.
    You make us all so proud.

  • qcexaminer

    That gives me an idea; since all but the most brain dead know there is a finite amount of taxpayer $$$$ and the wild Democrat spending spree must end and that we can’t keep borrowing to pay for everything from reading the newspaper to the blind to trains, let’s make the recipients of all this taxpayer largess decide on our priorities.

    Could Rumler and the train people really make the case that their project is more important than reading to the blind, leftwing public radio and tearing down houses in Rock Island? If so, let them defend their grab for tax $$$$ on the backs of the poor, needy, sick, blind and chilllldren.

    The poor or the elite train groupies?

    Make ‘em duke it out.

    For too long municipal governments—and to some extent state government, have decided their mission is to cater to the powerful public employee unions and let someone else take care of the needy.

    Would those Rock Island AFSCME members give up their free shoes for the poor chilllldren? If not, how could they possibly defend their selfishness?

    Let’s see some action here!

  • qcexaminer

    This says it all about government priorities at all levels of government.

    The Post Office is $8B in the hole, so what do they do? Give everyone a raise.

    Quinn gave his union paymasters a nice pay raise and job security before the election while threatening to cut money for social services.

    The mayor of Rock Island demands federal $$$$ to tear down junky houses in his city, but gives union workers taxpayer funded FREE shoes.

    Our political class at all levels is paying off the unions on the backs of the taxpayers, the middle class and the poor.

    Don’t kid yourselves—the unions are NOT middle class—they are a part of the PRIVILEGED class.

  • QC Ghost

    The visually impared pride themselves on being as mobile as the rest of us. In fact, a blind man could smell Lou on the bus while the rest of us are looking around confused.

  • qcexaminer

    Hey Lou, what would YOU cut?

    Or do you believe in the Phil Hare School Of Economics that says “Well, you CAN spend”? :-)

  • frankly

    I would cut out all the corporate welfair and federal bailouts supplied to the banks. I also would stop sending our money overseas to other countries and actually do something in America for a change. If Bill gates has enough money to educate and medicate everyone in Africa, perhaps he should pay more taxes.

    What good is ensuring Paris Hilton has enough money to pass onto their children’s children’s children — if America no longer has nightclubs because everyone but Paris and the ubber rich are broke?

    We need to raise the tax rates on the rich and return to the good old days of the 50s!

  • qcexaminer

    frankly, I know you’ll be please that beginning April 1, the USA will have the highest corporate tax in the industrialized world.

    Happy now?

  • Lou

    QCE I would increase income.
    Tax tax tax right back to the President Reagan era.
    Things would be instantly better.

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