We’re not gonna take itWritten by Tom Morrissey | | email@example.com
It was an absolute that the end of the first week at the small Christian school that provided my K-12 education would see the candy sale commenced. As elementary students excited to get out of the classrooms we were confined to, we would be herded into the auditorium to hear how our participation would be bought off.
It was always about attitude and motivation, and the representative from the candy supplier grasped the strategy. Though the candy ambassador differed yearly, the goal remained the same: Get unsuspecting children to develop new needs for worthless toys and new motivation to sell hundreds of candy bars.
The prizes and people changed, but the message did not.
Disgustingly, there must be a group of people thinking Toledo is more gullible than an auditorium full of children enthralled with useless playthings, and to Toledo’s terrible detriment, these people seem to get in elected office with a furious consistency.
One infuriating factor that drew me to budget meetings a few years ago was the proposal of a “temporary” garbage tax.
This temporary garbage tax has lasted longer than scam permanent hair removal methods. Talk about truth in advertising.
While our former mayor and Mayor Bell differ in several obvious ways, the message unfortunately has not. Both proposed drastic measures that are supposedly temporary yet certain to fix our dire situation. Both fed the line that drastic measures are needed to fix this severe problem. Both have placed the extreme and growing burden directly on Toledoans, while alluding to a poor economy as the core problem of Toledo’s fiscal issues.
I’m pretty sure those who have spent us into debt are the root cause.
The main difference in their message is one was occasionally laced with embarrassing comments and an intermittent curse word. The other is suitable for children’s ears.
However, I refuse to accept the premise that one shouldn’t complain about a shake down without a substitute solution. The concept is still public service, not public enslavement. Toledo is not your piggy bank to raid whenever you can’t come up with enough to make the budget.
Toledoans do not work overtime and multiple jobs for your pleasure.
It’s funny that city unions are given the courtesy of serious negotiation while the rest of the city is told to take it and shut up, or do politician’s job and submit an idea.
Who’s getting paid to do what? Do I really pay taxes to fund the salaries of public “servants” so they can in turn tax me more and tell me to come up with solutions if I have a problem with their scam?
Should Toledo take a lesson from the city unions? Just say no to ridiculous new taxes and increases. The majority of city union employees can be easily replaced by overflowing temporary staffing agencies. Who’s going to replace a population that refuses to go along with the Mayor’s fleecing?
The stark reality is irate citizens can easily make any public servant’s world a political hell; refusal to cooperate can make a 4 year term seem like an eternity, and it should when such thieving policies are proposed.
Beyond the fleecing Toledo will be forced to go through, the infuriating action the Toledo City Council has passed with Mayor Bell’s encouragement to recoup any remnant of cash they assume belongs to them is immoral.
Funny. They think our cash belongs to them.
The scam that has generated unrecovered revenue was only for our safety. Intersections without red light cameras were so unsafe it was amazing America survived without these safety machines that just happened to retrieve cash magically.
Alas, the punishment to recover revenue does not fit the crime. If you “owe” the city as little $200, they have granted themselves the right to confiscate your means of transportation. Nationally, even the most unethical debt collectors are probably envious.
Apparently, the safety card has been lost in the pathetic hand Toledo’s electeds have been playing in terrible fashion.
Fortunately, Google returns marvelous search results for removing boots from cars and protecting your license plate from intrusive cameras.
Just pray they don’t find cameras to ticket jaywalkers or anything else in the name of safety.
Toledoans are not gullible children pumped up and falling for exaggerations. We’ve heard the message before all from different mouths, but the fundraiser is unbearable to cash-strapped Toledoans. There is only one answer to this insanity.
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