Friday, April 16, 2010
Via HBL, I have learned about a headline that made my day: "Strapped City Cuts and Cuts and Cuts." (A subscription is required to view the full article. More details about the city's financial situation can be found here.) This was on the front page of the Wall Street Journal earlier this week, and it is encouraging news for anyone who advocates a return of government to its proper scope.
Like many American cities, this one [Colorado Springs --ed] is strapped for cash. Tax collections here have fallen so far that the city has turned off one-third of its 24,512 street lights.It's nice to see that there are at least some areas with the political will to reduce the size of the government.
But unlike many cities, this one is full of people who are eager for more government cutbacks.
The town council has been bombarded with emails telling it to close community centers. Letters to the local newspaper call for shrinking the police department and putting the city-owned utility up for sale. A commission is studying whether to sell the municipal hospital. ...
Although I have not seen the whole article, I will note that other excerpts I have seen indicate that many of the residents there generally favor small government as opposed to proper government. (Many see paving streets as a proper function of the government, for example.) Nevertheless, it's encouraging to be able to say, "It can happen here," and be talking about turning the tide against government expansion for a change, rather than alluding to the Sinclair Lewis novel about dictatorship coming to America.