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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Early 2006 Darwin Award Nominee

I've been trying to find this newscast WOAI had last night about a portion of NW Bexar County losing their county emergency services because they failed to approve their local emergency services taxing district a few months ago. It's classic right-wing, anti-tax, reactionary forces at their best. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find it so you're going to have to suffice with my synopsis of it.

To make a long story short, a man interviewed for the story talks about how horrible it is that no firefighting entity will be responsible for his neighborhood in the near future. Of course, the reason this is happening is because of the above election, for which he freely admits voting AGAINST the emergency services district. As he explains, "I didn't know anything about it, except that they were trying to raise my taxes." He also states earlier in the piece that the reason he lives where he does is partially because he doesn't have to pay city taxes out there.

Obviously the guys has a thing against taxes, which is fine. But why in the world he would vote to turn down this district is beyond me. Even if he thought this would raise his taxes, it's an EMERGENCY SERVICES tax for Chrissake! It's very name makes it something that you might need in, oh I don't know, an emergency. Now as much as fringe Republicans would like to paint us as clever little liberals, we're not nearly clever enough to come up with some sort of 'welfare/redistributionist' tax and rename it "Emergency Services." And if you don't know what it's for... maybe you shouldn't be in the voting booth.

You can call this whatever you want- cutting off your nose to spite your face, sheer stupidity, etc. But I call it the very definition of Darwinism.