Archive for Saturday, February 7, 2009

No leadership

February 7, 2009


To the editor:

We have budget shortfalls at every political level. People have lost their life’s savings; they are out of work and are losing their homes. Meanwhile, our “law-givers” are playing political budget games.

Lawrence has a million-dollar near-term problem. We propose to balance it on the backs of the most vulnerable. In an approximate $150 million annual budget you would think we could find better (golf course, economic development?). According to the Journal-World, our law-givers are doing this to get us to complain to our state law-givers who decided to rule out tax increases even for the wealthiest while passing their budgetary shortfall problem in part to the cities and counties.

These are childish games. Are there not any adults out there with the larger public interest in mind? It would seem that at least a temporary state tax increase for the many wealthy folk minimally impacted by the meltdown could mitigate the worst of the cuts while serious efforts to reduce local expenses could find practical solutions that minimize impact on the vulnerable. Aren’t these the kind of decisions we hired these people to consider?

How can we ever hope to return to a more congenial public debate if our law-givers focus us on things that will enflame passions instead of doing the hard work necessary to govern effectively and justly? We call the positions they hold “leadership.” Does any of this look like leadership? Who are these people serving: us or themselves? I despair!

George Lippencott,


Jennifer Dropkin 9 years, 4 months ago

Our leaders are wedded to their agendas, Mr. Lippencott.At local, state, and national levels, politicians are corporately owned, enriched, and beholden.They are skilled in the practice of division and distraction, employing wedge issues and red herrings while chipping away at social supports for the most vulnerable. If the idea was to control the American middle and lower classes by seducing them with easy credit and debt, that tactic succeeded. We are cowering at our desks hoping that the pink slip doesn't find us, knowing that we don't have savings or any other way to pay the bills without a job.That some of the rich have found themselves trapped by the same impovershment meant for the masses is a sorry surprise for them.Now that the consequences of deregulation and financing by debt are apparent, our leaders, whether they are in Lawrence city government or in Washington, DC, have only one playbook--the same one they've been using for the last 30 years: partisan politics and balancing budgets on the backs of the powerless.Eagle Bend should be sold off, and the Chamber of Commerce should not get city money. The Bioscience Authority should wait until the local economy can justify money from the city. Our city commission and the city manager should be working on behalf of all people of the city, not just themselves, their friends, and business partners.

haywire 9 years, 4 months ago

Gilley is absolutely correct. Taking a look at the Parks and Rec Budget there are massive tax dollars directed at sports/atlethic projects perhaps 15 million dollars. In additionto your school districts dollars. What are these city commissioners thinking is the question?Why elect another Chestnut,Dever,Amyx or Hack? Did even one of the above mention or offer to cut these projects in the interest of maintaining existing worthwhile endeavors? These individuals are quietly increasing your taxes. As a chamber member/property owner&manager Johnson,Bush and Amyx will bring more of the same. Keep this in mind.

Charles L. Bloss, Jr. 9 years, 4 months ago

George, the answer is that they are all idiots. An idiot seldom does the right thing, they don't know what to do at all. Doesn't that fit the description of most of them? Thank you, Lynn

gl0ck0wn3r 9 years, 4 months ago

Haywire's inability to use commas and odd fixation on recreation/sports spending reminds me of Richard/Merrill. hmm.

Corey Williams 9 years, 4 months ago

Liberty_One (Anonymous) says…"Ahh, the statist lie. Without more government everything will go wrong."No, without good government regulations, then everything will go wrong. Case in point, electricity deregulation in California.

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