As I spoke of in my earlier writing about the failed school referendums: the doomsday barkers have come out looking for shoulders to cry on and acolytes for their army. A Moline Dispatch article was full of local Tax Worshiping Pontiffs spinning the good word in an effort to rationalize why the local tax referendums failed. Perhaps the most sensible reflection came from Rock Island County board member Don Johnston. In the Dispatch article, authored by Stephen Elliot, Johnston is quoted as saying:
“the county now must make due with the money it has.”
“I think people are just tired of the taxes,” he said. “In the county, there will be some cutbacks coming, but hopefully no layoffs. We will definitely have cutbacks.
“We need to handle our money better,” Mr. Johnson said. “It drives me crazy. We need to project our resources a little better.”
He added that, when the county’s increases are seen on the June property bills, “all referendums are going to have a tough row.”
Perhaps the most insulting pontification quoted, came from State Sen. Mike Jacobs, D-East Moline. According to the article Jacobs stated:
“voters must decide if schools and education are a priority. “
“Perhaps people are saying, ‘Tighten you belts,’ to the schools,” he said. “But school belts are pretty darn tight right now.
“I think the school referendum will eventually pass,” he said. “I’ve been around government long enough to know voters don’t have a message. They either like the idea or they don’t.”
Basically Jacobs channeled Barack Obama in his evaluation. To paraphrase Jacobs statement that I highlighted: Voters are mindless zombies that must be lead down the road you wish them to follow by Pied Pipers using hook or crook. But then that has always been the mantra of Progressive Politicians.