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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

What kind of Troy? The principle-over-sanity crowd will run Troy into the dirt

I thought I'd posted this before, but couldn't find it.

In an episode of This American Life, they interview people who admit they would rather pay more for their own services than contribute to the common good for less.

Here is the description of the show:

What Kind of Country: All across the country right now, local and state governments are finding they can't pay their bills. Schools are losing teachers, street lights are going dark, garbage is piling up in public parks, and cops are suddenly an optional expense.
This week we travel to Colorado Springs, to Trenton and to the office of Grover Norquist to ask: Is this the kind of country we want? One where government gets smaller? Or should we all pay higher taxes, and keep government bigger?
PROLOGUE.In the town of Nowthen, MN, residents held meetings to debate whether a police force is worth the cost. And in Springfield, IL, the state police motorcycle division has been cut, leading to an increase in highway fatalities. Host Ira Glass talks about these and other examples of the battle between proponents of small government and those fighting to maintain public services. (4 minutes)
ACT ONE. THE SOUND OF SIRENS.New Jersey governor Chris Christie has led some of the most sweeping budget cuts in the country. Producer Sarah Koenig reports from Trenton, where one third of the police force has been laid off, leading to dramatically increased crime. (14 1/2 minutes)

ACT TWO. DREAM COME TRUE.Perhaps the biggest proponent of smaller government in the United States is lobbyist and activist Grover Norquist, head of Americans for Tax Reform. He envisions a government reduced in size by half, and has compelled scores of conservative politicians take pledges to never raise taxes. Host Ira Glass speaks with Norquist about his strategies and beliefs, and learns which side seems to be winning. (14 1/2 minutes)

ACT THREE. DO YOU WANT A WAKE UP CALL?After the recession hit, Colorado Springs was in rough shape. City services were being cut left and right. Then one man wrote a manifesto—a blueprint for how the city could solve its problems. Planet Money's Robert Smith tells the story. Robert is a member of the Planet Money team. (27 minutes)

I'm convinced that the source of this Tea Party-induced hysteria is that these Tietz's and Hendersons and Daniels's of the world believe that the rest of us are "undeserving" people who are slackers or laborers or sexually deviant or the wrong religion or color or nationality who are taking advantage of them by using their precious tax pennies to do useless things like read books at the library, get a cop to show up to their homes when they have a burglar and have their trash collected.
They are selfish, paranoid and extremely dangerous.
Just listen to the man in the radio piece who admits he would rather pay $300 a year to have streetlamps lit at night only in his neighborhoods, than pay $100 a year to have streetlamps on in the whole city.
It's principle over sanity!
This is how your leaders think, Troy.
Please pay attention!

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