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I often talk about my city here. How in an election we voted 57% for McCain, yet we voted 63% to raise our taxes to build a new $60M high school (this is Illinois BTW). How another time we voted to raise taxes, I kid you not, to build parks. I don't live in a large city. I don't live in a rich city. I don't live in the burbs. Heck I saw a report the other day where there isn't a single home worth more than $300,000 in my town. But I will never forget what our city manager said at a town hall meeting years ago:

Everybody likes nice things. Well you have to pay for them.
A few happy thoughts below the fold.

We voted on Tuesday to increase our taxes again.  Building a new $9M primary school. I'd argue what we have now is kind of "neat" but as a teacher told me "we are going to build the best school in the world."

Ponder that for a few ......

My town literally wants to have the best schools in the world. They are not joking around. They are just trying hard to do it, and if our test scores (oh how I hate them) are any clue, we're about the best of the best.

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  •  Tip Jar (7+ / 0-)

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Sat Apr 13, 2013 at 09:18:15 PM PDT

  •  I Don't Know A Lot About This Or That (4+ / 0-)

    heck I don't even have any kids. But I know if your kids went to the schools in my town they would get a quality education. Top notch.

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Sat Apr 13, 2013 at 09:25:28 PM PDT

  •  I'm Somewhat East of You in the Rustbelt Midwest (1+ / 0-)
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    Great Lakes Lake Effect Zone; There are still many of us who understand the combination of sacrificing extreme gain for the elite in exchange for the benefits to a healthy, safe community.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sat Apr 13, 2013 at 09:49:17 PM PDT

    •  Last Year I Was In Cleveland (1+ / 0-)
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      Never been to a rush belt city. I am about 30 miles from St. Louis and that city is not what it was. But being taken around the city I couldn't believe how bad things were.

      When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

      by webranding on Sat Apr 13, 2013 at 09:58:34 PM PDT

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      •  The populations of the cities have been (0+ / 0-)

        consciously thinned as the voter rolls are now being consciously thinned. The people getting together and governing is a continuing threat now that the universal franchise, free access to information and electronic currency have made it a real possibility. Consumer rights, the expansion of the imperative to respect individual rights from the public to the private sector helped. Indeed, in the long run, the consumer rights revolution may prove more significant on the road to the recognition and respect for human rights than the civil rights revolution.

        The culture of obedience aims for compliance and, it turns out, compliance is easier to achieve when humans are isolated in their own stalls, so to speak. Actually, it's not stalls the culture of obedience relies on, but cages on wheels. 51% of the U.S. adult population is now single. Imagine these people living alone in their single family dwelling with garaged attached so they can transition from one cage into another, without encountering the natural environment, securing themselves in straps and driving themselves to their work station, while their auditory senses are occupied by soothing music or blather. Then when the work day is done, their cage on wheels takes them back home, after making a detour through the fast food lane.

        The culture of obedience is not a happenstance. Neither is living single. The soothing blather has been promoting a false sense of independence for decades, even as individual existence is ever more restrained and contained. Only the young, upon whom the wages of integration were foisted have escaped it.
        Many consequences are unintended. The idea is not all it takes. Man cannot make the world as he imagines he would like it to be by simply imagining. You can take the intent for the act, but it won't change the facts on the ground. The Cons can convince themselves that Iraqis have been freed, but the people on the ground know better.

        Whence came the antagonism towards the U.S. automotive industry? It had obviously failed to keep the population contained. The electoral results on the national level demonstrated that. So, there was obviously a need to tighten the screws, which is what the assaults on the weaker sex are about. Women, despite having been kept down economically, have not only resisted domination but, again obviously, reared non-compliant children. So, perhaps forcing them to have more will keep them from being "spoiled." When parents have few children, they spoil them for use as fungible troops and disposable cogs.

        There is a significant difference between law-abiding and compliant children. Compliant children will break the law when ordered to do so.

        We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

        by hannah on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 03:51:15 AM PDT

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