Originally Posted by marilee
Everyone seems to be concerned about growth. What if the other shoe drops and we 86 again? Who will know how to manage economic shrinkage? I was here in 1986 and believe me this area shrank. It got so bad that by '90 opening a new convenience store made tv news as a "shot in the arm " for the local economy. Hopefully it will never get that bad again but few politicians ever learn from the past.
Isn't it amazing what republicans can achieve with a two term president. First reagan and now bush. Let's put them both on Mount Rushmore so we never forget. P.J.O'Rourke got them right when he said "the republicans are the party that says government doesn't work and then get elected and prove it" (from Holidays in Hell).
Why not let the free market work? Because they have privatized profits and socialized losses. Heads I win, tails you lose.
Everyone who ever voted for bush once should lose their voting rights for as long as it takes to straighten all this out.
Everyone who voted for him twice should should lose those rights forever as mentally incompetent.
Texans who voted for him three times should be branded with a little b or an L.
Texans who voted for him four times should be castrated or deported (their choice).
Those idiots who voted for him five times (only the Midland area) would only be subject to the last punishment because he lost that election.
So, what will local elected officials be able to do in the face of a national emergency? First, and worst, the illegals will have to go. Local jobs for locals. Tough, but illegal is illegal and more and more locals will need a job, any job. Next, cut the budget, no choice there. Then create volunteer work groups to build sidewalks where street widening is not necessary but sidewalks are (Chestnut St. hill is only 50 years past due). These same groups could transform unused city and temporarily donated private land into huge community gardens. There are plenty of hungry San Marcans now, just ask anyone at the food bank. There are still plenty of rich people around and companies that will do well in any economy, ask them to donate, sponsor, train, whatever. Give them lots of credit for their generosity. It's a form of advertising with the highest payback, community goodwill.
Branding, commuter rail and a bus system are a waste of money now. Things have changed, and so should our city council.