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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Where does it go?

If there's a recurring theme in the fight over taxes versus spending, it's that many voters don't seem to make the connection between taxes and the services they've come to expect.

The Times highlights this divide with an in-depth look at Wilmington, N.C., where firefighters avoided inclines to make it to calls before the truck failed -- which it eventually did.

If that isn't sobering enough, take a look at what's going on in Minnesota -- home to Michele Bachmann and Tom Pawlenty -- and see how complicated and disruptive a government shutown can be.

Personally, I think the first solution to any squabble over paying a government's bills should be withholding the salaries of elected officials so they can get a direct view of where the money goes.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's exacerbated when politicians come back and campaign in their home districts (state or federal) and tout how much money they "brought home" to their areas in funding, grants, etc. As if it's make believe money. It's money they took to begin with, it should have never left.

July 05, 2011 6:07 AM  

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