It would appear that a lot of Omahans think there really is such a thing as a free lunch in life.
It also would appear that a lot of Omahans think that you can cut whole big chunks out of city government -- which is the alternative to taxpayers manning up and, like, paying the cost of running a city -- and that the Good Life fairies will magically stop that city from becoming a dilapidated s***hole, and that they won't find themselves on the very short end of Every Man for Himself.
KETV, Channel 7, as a public service, today offers this excerpt from a very long book -- People Are Too Stupid for Direct Democracy:
A group of concerned Omaha property owners said it has polling data that show local taxpayers are fed up with Mayor Jim Suttle's proposed tax increases.THAT'S DEMOCRACY for you -- whiny babies demanding all the benefits and services government offers, but completely unwilling to shoulder any of the responsibilities of self-government.
The Metropolitan Omaha Property Owners Association said it commissioned a polling firm to survey hundreds of Omaha residents in all parts of town, asking hot-topic questions about the city's budget crunch and taxes.
The group said that its results show that most Omahans disapprove with the direction that City Hall is currently taking.
Rental property owner John Chatelain said he's worried that he'll have to sell the west Omaha house he rents if property taxes rise again.
"That would mean that the profit flow will be even less, which means that people will be able to pay even less for homes, which means property values will go down," he said.
Tom Jizba of the Metropolitan Omaha Property Owners Association said Chatelain is not alone.
"We have been increasingly concerned about the growing intrusiveness of the government," Jizba said.
He said that the poll found that 70 percent of the respondents felt Omaha is on the wrong track and that 67 percent said they disapproved of the way Jim Suttle is handling his job as mayor.
I grew up in a place where that ethos had an iron grip. It ain't pretty, and Omaha doesn't want to go there.
Trust me on that one.