MORATORIA MADNESS CONTINUES
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
MORATORIA MADNESS CONTINUES
At tonight’s regular voting session, our betters down at City Hall will extend one moratorium and enact another. The first continues the original six month suspension of pretty much everything on Carr's Hill until February 2011. The second ceases the acceptance of applications for new solid waste haulers for a full year. These moratoria demonstrate the complete unpredictability of the county’s zoning ordinances (being subject to outright suspension at the drop of a hat – talk about making economic development much more difficult that it should be) and the impending government takeover of trash hauling in the general services district (not that the Unified Government will provide said service, mind you), respectively.
LOCAL LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION
Also on the agenda is City Hall’s annual wish list for the upcoming session of the General Assembly. Those items of particular interest to me are:
D. Support comprehensive tax reform.
Translation: The state, and by extension counties, should raise taxes by, among other things, “expand[ing] the sales tax base by adding selected services to the current list of taxable services in Georgia,” and “expand[ing] the sales tax base including internet sales.” There are other suggestions, such as “closing corporate tax loopholes,” “modernizing income tax brackets,” and “reviewing tax exemptions,” that all sound well and good on the surface but, as always, the devil would be in the details as to how those ideas may translate into policy.
H. Support increase in hotel/motel tax to 8%.
Translation: Let us raise taxes for ourselves.
J. Support abolishment of unanimity rule in support of local requests for legislative issues – none of us operates on such a stringent rule and our requests should not be held to such a high standard.
Translation: The current rules do not let us impose our progressive madates on the little people with complete impunity; therefore the rules must be changed.
FIRE STATION NO. 6
Now that the dust has (more or less) settled from the elections, one thing remains constant: Fire Station No. 6 is still closed. For what it is worth, that chain-link fence surrounding the station for the last twenty months has come down. Even though major construction appears to be complete, no reopening date has been announced.
The Federal Reserve is poised to purchase Treasury notes – and in a big way – so as to ostensibly promote inflation, thereby reducing unemployment (yeah, like that is going to work). This is nothing but an insider shell game. When inflation takes off, and given the dubious fiscal and monetary actions out betters in Washington (Donkeys and Elephants both, but more so the former) have taken over the past several years it certainly will, the genie will be out of the bottle and we will all have to pay (and pay and pay).
IN PRAISE OF GRIDLOCK
The growth in the size and expense of the federal government typically lessens during those periods when one party controls the White House and the other controls one or both of the House and Senate. Works for me. Besides, had the Republicans taken both chambers, the Obama Administration would have blamed the GOP (you know, that "punish our enemies" mentality) for its own manifest failures (not that it won’t do so in any event), just as it has heralded supposed Republican obstructionism during its first two years (which is obviously disingenuous because the Republicans didn’t have the votes to stop anything and the Democrats got precisely the legislation they wanted). Facts being such pesky things and all.Sphere: Related Content
Posted by James at 11:17 AM