I Like Paying Taxes – With Them I Buy Civilization

Paul Krugman points a cautionary tale about small government: Colorado Springs.

COLORADO SPRINGS — This tax-averse city is about to learn what it looks and feels like when budget cuts slash services most Americans consider part of the urban fabric.

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.

Neighbors are encouraged to bring their own lawn mowers to local green spaces, because parks workers will mow them only once every two weeks. If that.

This is just one of the many reasons Congress and the President need to pass a second stimulus plan aimed at filling gaps in the budgets of state and local government. Every government job lost at the local level represents not just another family without an income, but also a gap in the essential services relied upon by everyone else in the community.

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