Rather than unlock the barriers that prevent local independent businesses from sowing and reaping the rewards of a vibrant economy the naysayers spend their time and our money chasing suitcases and their paper houses built with corporate welfare.
The elitist circle of naysayers’ vision for DeKalb County is a future paid for with decades of public debt now for the instant gratification of a few. These naysayers are bold. They’re on a first name basis with those who would profit most from their plans. They think so little of anyone else that every dime of the new taxes and fees they place on others must be spent by them and them alone.
Like dark knights on shining armor they charge down Lincoln Highway to rescue the slowly dying downtown from the last suitcase genius brought in to town. Those trying to make a living downtown are adapting and improvising to survive each passing season of construction. Those within the naysayers’ circle play fake ice follies with fountains of gold and walkways to nowhere.
Backed by the full faith and credit of the taxpayers of DeKalb County the naysayers will build a bigger better courthouse for the judges and a bigger better jail for the prisoners whose ranks will likely increase by some proportion to the climbing unemployment percentages.
They pledge alternate revenue to the taxpayers who simply cannot afford any more taxes. They pledge taxes to the buyers of their debt bonds.
And oh, that alternate revenue! At the same time the local social service industry is chopping off positions from their payroll and services to those in need the naysayers pledge recurring revenue from sales tax sharing from the old County Farm property that was originally dedicated as a source for taking care of those in need.
But wait there’s more.
Tipping fees from a not yet approved massive expansion of the DeKalb County landfill made necessary only in exchange for those fees are pledged for the jail. While it cannot be disputed that landfills are a potential health hazard the taxpayers can rest assured that scientific precision went into finding out what certain county board members’ pet projects were so that a little something something would be thrown their way.
Why should Cortland residents fear? Their city fathers got a million bucks plus not to object. Money is everything, right?
How can the teachers, parents and school children of Cortland Elementary School complain about that rotten egg odor? The school board and administration never should have built a new school there — those are not my words, they’re those of the naysayers.
If approved, that 100-foot-high-two-and-one-half-mile garbage mountain that will become DeKalb County’s calling card needs a name. Might I suggest Mount Rush4More? Then we could carve out the busts of this crop of naysayers as monuments to their dim view of DeKalb County.
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