That’s the new meme, first espoused on these pages by Dollar Bill and now on Bloomberg. Because of “Tea Party” demands, Colorado Springs has fewer firefighters and policemen these days and because of that, damages from fire and crimes by looters increased.
So what did this draconian tax cut demand? That government spending increase no more than inflation and population growth. Excuse me? The alternative, as practiced by Stockton, California and Chicago, Illinois and most other cities around the country, is to keep increasing spending with no intention of paying for it.
[Mayor] Bach said the city is on the path toward financial implosion anyway because of overly generous pensions and too many parks.
“Forget the fire,” said the mayor, whose office has an easel with a chart depicting Colorado Springs’s financial status, after a briefing on the blaze June 30. “At our current cost curve, we’ll be insolvent in eight years.”