It’s about property taxes, and how Missoula has raised them way too much, 65% since 2004. People can’t afford that, and there are some good comments showing how this could be costing us as much as $25 to $40 million a year in discretionary spending for residents.
It’s just money that’s gone from the community, and the efforts of the community leaders to put that money back into the community have been a joke!
- First, we know it’s not in the community – it’s outside of it in some lawyer’s bank account in Spokane or LA or New York or who know’s where;
- Next, when the city is constantly getting sued over it’s own malfeasance, then any discretionary money it does have will always be eaten up;
- Finally, when the taxes you take from your people aren’t even given back to those people in some form of watered-down services, then why the hell am I going to encourage my company to open a new plant there?
I’m not, so like I said in another post awhile back, we get stagnation. It’s a damn shame, but what’s not a shame is doing what I did today – speaking out against it.
Maybe it won’t do any good. Maybe it’ll just score me points with pinheads and those with no power. Maybe no one will even notice.
If that’s the case, why not just give up? I’ll be honest with you, when the forces of the universe and the powers that be are stacked against you so much, you feel like giving up – you feel like giving up all the time.
I Got Chastised Today
Still, people hate me, I figure. I feel like Matthew Koehler and Bob Brigham, two despised individuals that just will not quit.
Maybe I should quit. Maybe I shouldn’t go after people like Eric Feaver and his huge salary or the governor and his lack of passion. Suggesting Tester should stick with the job we elected him to might not be something anyone wants to hear either.
But we persevere and press on and take the ribbing. I can take it from these Montana political folks because they don’t have much to give. Now when I pissed off authors, oh boy, they really go for the jugular. I got a lot of bad reviews last January when I went after one of the big-name authors, but I didn’t back down. It cost me a lot of money in sales when my Books 2 and 3 sank like stones, but oh well – pointing out hypocrisy is worth it to me.
That’s why you come to this site, because you know that no matter how bad it gets and how bad it stinks and how much you get screwed, I’ll still be here giving them hell.
We’re coming up on a year on this blog, and we’re up to 280 posts now. I feel like quitting each and everyday, let me tell you, but I don’t. Instead I get up and I come here and I write and research and tar and feather and bemoan and decry.
Maybe I’m pissing in the wind, but I don’t think so. Being ignored and not getting any comments or shares or all the rest of it does take its toll, but what can you do…quit?
You can, and many Montana political blogs do. Many Montana political reporters fade away, and people you thought were fighting for you suddenly aren’t. Many times you find them fighting for the other guy, the one they said was the devil.
I try to fight for the little guy on this site, and I do that chiefly through economic issues affecting us here in Montana. Even if you stop reading I’ll keep on putting this content up on the site, so feel free to drag me through the ringer or ignore me or belittle me or even speak out against me and all the rest of it.
I’ll be here writing.