Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste
Yep, Mayor Suttle has finally gotten around to declaring a Snow Emergency in Omaha, some 5 days after the event. But Suttle finally realized that to get any manna from Washington, D.C., he had to do this even if he says he won't enforce the ordinance by giving tickets and hauling cars. Some Emergency!
Of course, Suttle couldn't let a good crisis go to waste having learned so much from his mentor, Prince of Peace Nobel Laureate President of the World Commissar Barack Hussein Obama. So he used the press conference this morning not only to declare a snow emergency but to also say that taxes need to be raised to deal with the costs and the aging snow removal equipment and reduced personnel in the department he has cut jobs in to support his ownership by the fire and police departments.
But never let a chance to advocate for more taxes go by.
And he will need more taxes once he negotiates his give away contracts with the police and fire unions. We'd suggest Omahans expect a 10-15% increase in property taxes next year.
Given the snow crisis, we were thinking about an ad that his opponent Hal Daub ran in the 2009 mayoral election on dealing with the really greatest snow event of the last several decades, the October 26 snow storm of 1997. You can see that commercial on you-tube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwM5T9Jk0tU
It's interesting that after a huge and successful effort to deal with a 100 year event then Mayor Daub didn't go out and use it as an excuse to raise taxes. In fact, he actually lowered taxes each successive year after the event.