We Are Seriously Not Having the Right Conversation! It is the Spending Stupid…

money burning origColor me livid.  We have lost before we even get started if we don’t correct this matter.  

Let me see if I can show you  how this game actually works.

Case 1:  I say lets cut taxes 20%  and you come back with how about 10% and we settle on 15%.  You think you won because we cut taxes a little.  Spending wasn’t reduced one iota in this scenario!  The revenue will have to be raised somehow by this generation or the next.

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Case 2:  What if the opening gambit had been let’s cut spending 20% and you come back with how about 10% and we settle on 15%.  In this scenario we both won and spending was actually reduced a little right here and now.

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Do you see the difference?  Please think about it.  Shift the conversation.  Talking about taxes is a trap and you loose no matter what the compromise position is.  Here’s a sample letter if it helps you get started:

Dear Representative,

I don’t want to hear another word about taxes.

Not one single solitary word.

Don’t even think about raising them – not on me and not on my neighbors either!

Don’t come to any of us asking for more money.  We are united on this matter.

You already have plenty.

You simply have not learned to prioritize correctly.

It is really pretty easy.

Do not spend more money than you have.  Do not ask me for more.

Let’s see how much government we can cut before anyone (not on the payroll actually misses any of it).

Thank you for getting our spending priorities in order and balancing our budget.  It is after all what we elected you to do.


A Taxpayer


For Reference:

By the numbers: Winners and losers of Oklahoma’s proposed budget

Finding Gems & Sharing Them – We Are Seriously Not Having the Right Conversation! It is the Spending Stupid

Congratulations to Jim Bridenstine; Condolences to Bartlesville on Bonds and Debt

Congratulations to all the winners!

Special congratulations to Jim Bridenstine for defeating long-time Congressman John Sullivan in the Republican primary.

The beginning of the end for Sullivan was his bailout vote several years ago.

Then there were teeshirts and signs naming names and and asking people to Remember the Bailout when voting.

Bob Anthony won his race by a significant margin and I am very pleased to offer him my congratulations as well.  

Related post here >>>

Many people worked many hours to walk blocks and deliver flyers.  Thanks to all who did so!  I work with R3publicans and we are firm in our resolve to restore the republic; we will  never grow weary in doing good and standing firm for life, for liberty, and for a lot less government along the way.

In Bartlesville, all the bonds on the ballot, totaling slightly over $15M, passed.  Clearly we have some work to do to educate our city leaders about living within our means.  I am not sure whether it is more upsetting that city leaders asked for more money or that the voters agreed to it.  Much easier to vote yes to spend money today than it will be to pay your property taxes when you are in retirement on fixed income.  Related article here >>>   downloadable pdf file here

If you want to learn more about the Citizens for City Progress in Bartlesville and the Bartlesville Chamber of Commerce and other groups supporting the bonds; here is a set of publications that you might find interesting (all pdfs and downloadable).  They are very pleased we have trusted them with more money while property taxes continue to rise and population continues to decline.  Maybe they know something that is not intuitive to me, but I would really like to see our city learn to live within it’s means and  *** gasp *** even work to reduce taxes.  We could even save for projects in the future instead of increasing the debt burden.  I suggest we stop banking on economic growth and hoping for an expanding tax base that may/may not occur.

Posted by Sandra Crosnoe for Finding Gems & Sharing Them

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