We the People Scoop 09/1/05
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OPINION RELEASE: Common Sense: Beating the Blob
Beating the Blob
Remember that old Steve McQueen movie, "The Blob"? Well, government
is like the Blob. It grows and grows, gobbling up everything in its path.
Truth is, our inability to control government growth is more
frightening than any scary movie. The consequences can be disastrous for our
pocketbooks and for our freedoms.
Just as there was an antidote for the Blob, there is an antidote for
ever-expanding government. It's called the Taxpayers Bill of Rights, or TABOR
for short. Colorado voters put TABOR in place in 1992, and it has kept
government spending from mushrooming out of control there while returning
billions of tax dollars to the people.
But now the legislature has placed Referendum C on this November's
ballot, asking for a $3 billion dollar tax increase. Politicians of both major
parties and a cabal of special interests will try to convince voters that
government spending going up 7 percent is just not enough. I doubt that
Colorado voters will fall for it.
Meanwhile, other states have noticed TABOR's benefits. Ohio
activists are petitioning to place a similar measure on their ballot this
November. Unfortunately, in Nevada, Senate Joint Resolution 5, modeled after
the Colorado Taxpayers Bill of Rights, was defeated.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal editorialized that TABOR represents "a
modest effort to handcuff the metastasizing Nevada bureaucracy at a time when
lawmakers routinely approve budgets that increase state spending by more than
20 percent every two years." The editorial went on to advise Nevadans to use
the initiative to put it on the ballot.
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