More from my facebook feeds. please excuse the typos.
In defiance of a court order, the city of Scranton, PA has decided on slashing its workers salaries to the federal minimum wage. And once July 13th hits, those workers will lack health insurance as well. This is the climax of a decades long battle between the city and those which work for it.
Scranton, also known as The Electric City, has been mis-managing its finances for some time. With the award of back-fees last year by the State of Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Scranton is left scrambling to make up the shortfall it created for itself by failing to meet its obligations over the past decade. Rather than paying its contracted obligations, the city chose to cheat its way out in an attempt to bust the unions, and when caught was suitably punished. The cost to the Scranton taxpayer is close to double what was saved by the city.Of course when someone suggests the city may not have made the right decision with its tax cuts over the past decade, the City Council President Janet Evans engaged in diversionary tactics, shifting the blame to the city Mayor, Chris Doherty. The council has blocked repeated measures to attempt to stave off the calamity, but the further they push off the inevitable, the harsher the remedy becomes. The 10.5% tax cut is going to wind up causing an eventual 67% tax hike to make up for the shortfalls. Short term gain for long term pain.The city has already floated plans to sell off its parking meters and stormwater drains, to ill results. Rather than addressing the root of the revenue shortfall, the city continues to have the lowest tax rates in the area, while having the largest obligations due to the demand of city services caused by such a large population.
This kind of problem is a self fulfilling prophecy. As the city slashed its services, people moved out of the city, which has had a decrease in population of 15.41% since 1990. To entice people back, they slashed taxes, which hurt revenue. To fix budget gaps, they slash services. The slashing of services drives people out of the city. This is the method for city collapse. Failure to maintain the city’s services results in a death spiral of financial calamity.
At the current pace, it is only a matter of time before someone pulls the plug on The Electric City.
- Looks to me like a smaller scale test run of Paull Ryan's budget plans. The Reps are still claiming that tax breaks for the extremely wealthy and cutting services and teachers and so on for everyone else will fix the economy and restore government services at the same time as creating lower taxes for all. Soooo.lets fix the country the Romney and Ryan way. Those who vote for that future deserve what they get. Reduce taxes on the top rate, double them on the poorest who get half of what the Elite Reps servants get for a wage and and with less revenue and bigger deficits will fix all teh problems our country has. Yeah, Right , reps. Reagan had to raise taxes before his first year was over. But the RWWN who believe the tea Party and Fox "not" news continue to make claims of fix.ing it all by giving more tax cuts to the rich and reducing revenue. Harvard MBA actually believe this can work mathematically ?
Oh I forgot for a second here Mitt Romney and hjs entire GOP campaign is focused on winning the presidency of AMERCIA as they so weell posted and advertised.
Ok by me as long as no one is dumb enough to believe his and ryans plan to save us by reducing revenue instead of raising it. Teh people in tthe lower tax brackets don't make enough to actually pay those higher rates Romney/Ryan want. Sop there is no gain there and they insist on giving money away in tax cuts to the top. Therby reducing revenue into a downward spiral just like the Scranton test. But with Romney It will be different it will work. all you have to do is take the time to read all of his plans and specific technical proposals and you can see how he has real by the Dollar budget plans, and imigrAtation and wALL STREET AS WELL.
iIf Obama would ever actually publish or speak about any plans instead of saying if it is what i said then then I will stick to it no matter what I said, then we could compare the details and make some fact based decisions.57 minutes ago · Edited · Like
It is so hard to evaluate and make comparisons when neither of the top two "prancers" NEVER GIVE ANY DETAILS to compare to.56 minutes ago · Like
I mean what the he!!, Cant those political dumbos understand they can not just continue to say, " the recession recovery would have been better and achieved more under their control." For crhying out load we and MitchMc connel worked day and night to put together this Jobs bill and they will not even let it on the floor for debate let alone an actually vote. And They will not listen to us about women's rights to have their medical issues between them and the doctors. They spend hour and hours on women's rights and control saying we can't allow them to decide on abortion or not in their diminished capacity to think due to the hormones that cause a pregnancy. These jokers and their party have even passed a state law saying A fetus that has full rights as a citizen exists starting at a women's last period three weeks ago not last night when she had sex for the first time in 4 months. They are really upset that not everyone knows that and can't understand we need to move on from that topic and work on the Jobs bill. Get Romney in the White house before they do any more damage.
- So they still keep proposing bills about women's private moral decisions (talk about a whole new gov't agency out of control to police women and make sure they see the disgusting abortion videos and won't even discuss our jobs bill we worked so hard on.
- come on now we all know gov't agencies and regs are ruining the country we need to make the gov't smaller not add new federal agencies to monitor and act as the abortion police! Get the fed out of our personal business. Dang we need Mitt and some real detailed fixes to the jobs bills and stop discussing what we all already know and just pass the dang law and that addresses the beginning of life at the past menstruation as The start of legitimate citizenship of the fetus. $hit everybody knows that is the truth.
- Stupid stupid liberals, they won't vote on our jobs bill and I guess can't read it and understand simple language and pass it to put Amercia back to work. Ow they want another agency to micromanage even your family planning. We'll just have to get rid of those idiotic "planned Parenthood" nothing more than death factory two minutes per job abortion centers. If cutting funding doesn't work we just outlaw them with a new federal statute. Silly them we could have the Abortion Police handle that job as well give them some more agents is all you need.15 minutes ago · Like