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View Diary: Dead By Sunset: Kill it, and make it look like an accident [UPDATED] (118 comments)

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  •  As usual, a good idea ruined by Repubs (none)
    I'm a DLCer, a fiscal conservative by inclination.  But the way this commission is set up is a travesty.

    Ending vital government programs by a simple majority vote?  Where are the checks and balances?

    •  I think we'd agree that checks and balances (4.00)
      don't matter much to this Adminstration. What I find horrifying as a fiscal conservative is that  the programs that the Bushites want to cut are those that provide significant local services.  Police and fire departments will need money for upgrades, maintenance and personnel, and where's the money when the Bushites want to ramp up the TerraLerts? Right out of our local taxes? Local Headstart programs give kids in our local schools a leg up, will the costs of early childhood education programs be shoved back onto the budgets of local school districts? Where does our local water district get funding to do major repairs and extensions?  The nightmare I'm having is that this ill advised version of the commission will cut local services, thereby increasing local taxes, while devaluing local property.

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