Neal Peirce, Syndicated columnist, Seattle Times | WA
Parker & Hart
Where will anti-government sentiment — call it "libertarian," "tax revolt" or "tea party" — take America's cities and towns?
For a top example, Governing magazine's current edition features the draconian measures under way in Colorado Springs, Colo. Responding to anti-tax sentiment that was thriving well before the current recession, the city laid off more than 550 city workers, let street medians go to weeds, closed all its swimming pools and turned off a third of its streetlights.
Beyond all that, Colorado Springs has cut bus service by 100,000 hours, with zero evening or weekend trips — a move that literally strands transit-dependent residents.
Hey Tea Party-Republicans: The Founders Are Not Your Guys, Harvey Wasserman, Common Dreams
Next time those Tea/GOP phonies gaze off in the distance to claim kinship with the Founders, remind (them) who really did win that Revolution and write that Bill of Rights: Those hemp-growing, tree-hugging, corporate-hating deistic free loving and free thinking present-at-the-creation Americans (who) believed above all that the Truth would keep us free.
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