Tuesday, May 23, 2006


Monkey See, Monkey Do

The Knox County Commission and Mayor Mike Ragsdale has apparently decided to imitate the GOP-led Congress in D.C. - spending like crazy. However, unlike the budget-busters inside the Beltway, the local guys and gals are looking at jacking up taxes to pay for their irresponsible spending - again.

The Knoxville News-Sentinel has a part of the story. I write that it is only a part because it is unfair to tack this on the police officers or the FOP just because they were the ones covered by the newspaper. Millions of dollars had already been doled out like Richard Pryor in Brewster's Millions. I guess the people of Knox County who voted for Ragsdale this time around are about to get what they deserved.

If Ragsdale raises taxes again to pay for the Commission's fiscal irresponsibility, I will probably leave Knox County for good. Unless you need the welfare state that is being formed by Knox County, you are probably better off elsewhere. And that's a shame, folks.

MORE: Remember the arguments that Knox County government would cease to operate effectively if 12 term-limited incumbents were tossed out on their rears at the same time? Guess this debunks that theory, because it doesn't appear that the Knox County Commission is rerunning effectively now (unless you see spending up into what has been stated by one Commissioner as a $0.29 property tax rate increase or a $169 addition to Mike Ragsdale's wheel tax as "operating effectively").

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