Rather than pontificate on a specific issue, the GUARDIAN offers here some observations that range from profound to inflammatory, but they should serve to stimulate lively discussion of issues facing the city, state, and nation.
With the likes of Micron laying off 1,500, MPC a couple hundred, the demise of nearly a dozen Boise Restaurants, retailers leaving the mall, Tamarack crumbling, and state road building projects unable to get funding, it is obvious to GROWTHOPHOBES that current and past policies based on growth are a dismal failure.
–Government NEVER makes a profit. If a company comes to town any taxes they may pay are consumed in like amount of services. The people the company employs consume as much in services as THEY pay. Any tax breaks are made up by those of us who pay our bills.
–Employees are viewed by most big business just like electricity, water, and raw materials. You only need them and pay for them when you use them to make a profit. When sales decline, so do employees. Their value is in making a profit.
–Roads are somewhat like schools–we all benefit from having good ones. Even if we don’t own a vehicle, we use the roads for everything from food supply to ambulance service.
–There isn’t enough money in all of Idaho to pay for local fixed rail mass transit. We need an effective bus system in Boise and the lack of same is the fault of politicos.
–Regional planning is a tool for business and the Chamber of Commerce to increase the population so they have more consumers and worker bees. We should demand each of our local governments to provide the services we need within the ability to pay. Meridian waiting on Eagle or Boise waiting on Nampa is downright silly. People live in Meridian to get away from Boise politicos.
–Seems like a taboo subject, but whatever happened to ZPG–zero population growth? The idea of replacing yourself, but not overpopulating the world was popular, especially among liberals 20 years ago. Used to be it was fear of starving the planet, now it is cause for global warming, health care concerns, and energy woes–all caused in part by too many people.
–We noticed in the CWI community college board profiles there were 22 children among three candidates…two had 8 kids each.
–Propping up the economy with bailouts of non-existing cash, “protecting homeowners,” only serves to keep phony values artificially inflated. We need some failed banks, businesses, and homeowners to get prices back down.
–A few years ago when interest rates declined, Congress talked about mandating lower credit card rates. The card companies said if rates were lowered, they would have to recall nearly half the cards because of bad credit risks–too much debt. Those that screamed the most and loudest were the MERCHANTS…claiming if people have to pay for goods and services they wouldn’t buy. That’s where we are today and the solution, wrong in the eyes of the GUARDIAN and many others, is to simply raise the maximum borrowing level.
–CEOs are lower than attorneys and politicians on the integrity scale. They will be the new “William Calleys” of the next decade. (Lt. William Calley was blamed for the My Lai massacre in Vietnam which became the symbol for everything wrong with U.S. policy…not unlike the Iraq prison scandal).
–We hold our warriors out as “heroes” in Iraq and some people even think the cause is noble. Yet those same soldiers and supporters would never attend a city council meeting or inform themselves about local and state government actions, much less fight to defend the constitution against domestic abuse.
We need to look at everything in life differently. If the bath water is too warm, turn down the HOT, don’t add COLD. If your belt is too tight, cut back on the food, don’t buy a new belt.
Same is true when it comes to consuming. We just left a quick oil change chain after 20 years because they now charge 30% more than the local guy down the street for the same product and quality of service.
Coffee in a paper cup is still coffee in a paper cup, regardless of how fancy the blend or the name affixed to it. The big difference is price.
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