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Friday, September 26, 2008

Banks Crashing Almost As Much As LA's Trains ; Tax Scam On Ballot

Someone remarked about the current state of the banking industry in US, that it's a "train wreck;" here in Los Angeles they've become a more than frequent occurrence from the "death machines" more commonly known as Metrolink and MTA trains.

For some time, in an effort to physically stimulate the transit nerds among us – but more importantly create new job opportunities for LA’s politically connected but otherwise useless public works contracting industry – the Mayor has pushed for a significant sales tax increase to build the ever so important “subway to the sea” to mollify Music Center bound Westside cranks but ship the bill to folks in Palmdale, West Covina, Agoura and East LA.

Now, as more trains run into each other, buses, cars and people, Measure R goes to the ballot with the same lack of foresight and non-corruption as a number of other shady tax increases on the ballot. The Governor has signed off on the enabling legislation.

In the meantime, the County’s Metropolitan Transportation Agency, hungry for new cash, has created a marketing campaign designed to pass the measure despite that the fact it is illegal for a public agency to spend taxpayer funds on political activities. However given how corrupt the system is, how inept our law enforcement bureaucracy has become and the fact that with the economy in a shambles anything local is way under the radar, don’t expect any repercussions for his shady move by the MTA’s bosses.

The only hope now is that a majority of the voters are smart enough to realize that LA’s killing machine doesn’t need any more cash nor is it a smart move to raise their taxes in the middle of an economic crisis.

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5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yes on R. Who would have thought I would be saying that after the last Measure R.

September 26, 2008 3:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Who cares about crashing banks?

I want to see more YouTube videos of hot looking Sarah Palin and some more information on Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan.

We need more about sex, sex, sex to get our hit count way up. hoody-hoo !!

September 26, 2008 4:52 PM  

Anonymous disgusted taxpayer said:

No on Q. The best way for the school district to raise capital for school improvement is to eliminate administrators' positions.

For example, it's a little-known fact that for every teacher in the LAUSD, there are 3 better paid administrators. Let there be the threat of cutting education funding at the state level however, the California Teachers Association screams loudly that the state shouldn't allow cutbacks in teaching positions, and that Education needs more money, not less. This is in spite of the fact that more than 51% of the California budget is given to Education!

And guess what? Homeowners are being socked with education taxes at the local level, and are expected to pay them regardless of whether they have school-age children or not! Talk about a flim-flam sham!

No on Q! Fire the 66% of the administrators instead!

September 27, 2008 2:21 AM  

Anonymous g said:

THE PROBLEM WITH METROLINK WILL NOT END WITH A BOND ISSUE. IT'S ABOUT ACCOUNTABILITY AND GOOD SENSE. THIS ACCIDENT WOULD NOT HAVE HAPPEN IF THE TRAINS WERE ON SEPARATE TRACKS, NOT SHARING THE SAME TRACK. LOOK INTO THE LAWSUIT JUST FILED AGAINST METROLINK. WE NEED SAFER FORMS OF TRANSPORTATION THAT MORE PEOPLE WILL USE WITHOUT EMINENT DOMAIN ISSUES LOOK AT THE NEW BOND ISSUE SENT OUT IT'S A MESS!! FIRST : A 30 YEAR BOND= A TAX WITH INTEREST. A TAX WOULD BE BETTER BUT THIS MONEY WILL NEVER GO WHERE THEY SAY, DON'T FALL FOR IT. YOUR DEALING WITH (POLITIANS) FORMER LAWYERS WHO ARE TRAINED LIARS!!!

September 27, 2008 12:54 PM  

Blogger Rita Of Sunland/Wally Wharton said:

VOTE "NO" ON MEASURE R!! If you can't afford to drive around in a really nice car, STAY HOME!!!

October 02, 2008 9:07 AM  

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