Wednesday, February 3, 2010

A vision of the future

The inability of our politicians to seriously look at ways to reduce the debt (non-security discretionary spending freeze? really?) has brought us to the point where nobody wants to raise taxes or look at entitlements. So what happens as revenues fall or stagnate, entitlement and defense spending continue to rise, and drastic spending cuts become necessary? Handily, there's a small-scale model happening right now in Colorado Springs. Seems unpleasant:

More than a third of the streetlights in Colorado Springs will go dark Monday. The police helicopters are for sale on the Internet. The city is dumping firefighting jobs, a vice team, burglary investigators, beat cops — dozens of police and fire positions will go unfilled.

The parks department removed trash cans last week, replacing them with signs urging users to pack out their own litter.


City recreation centers, indoor and outdoor pools, and a handful of museums will close for good March 31 unless they find private funding to stay open. Buses no longer run on evenings and weekends. The city won't pay for any street paving, relying instead on a regional authority that can meet only about 10 percent of the need.

Sounds like fun, right? Maybe someday we'll have an adult conversation about taxes, defense, and entitlements in this country.

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