And Colorado Springites believe that taxes are the Devil's dues. Last years they rejected by a 2-1 margin a tax increase necessary to prevent a wholesale shutdown of city services. The result is:
- Citizens are being urged to mow public parks with their own lawn mowers as the city can't afford to.
- They won't need to mow the grass for long because park irrigation is ending and the city's green spaces will quickly turn brown.
- Trash collection is ending in the parks too so the long, brown grass won't be visible beneath the piles of garbage.
- But with the street lights turned out it is going to be hard to find the brown, trash strewn parks.
- With cuts in police services no one but fools or criminals will be going to those dark parks anyhow.
- The street repair budget is being zeroed out meaning an economic boon for local tire shops.
- Museums, rec centers, and swimming pools are all being closed giving tourists no places to go except the aforementioned parks.
Colorado Springs is not some Rust Belt town trying to survive a decades-long depression. It is a well-off ($80,000 median household income) community of Republicans who brag about having the "largest independent gun dealer in Colorado." It is the evangelical mega-church capital of the world (James Dobson and Ted Haggard). The area is chock-a-block with gated communities that don't give a fuck about their neighbors.
The four things (guns, evangelical Christians, Republicans, and gated communities) fit together to form a city that is a blueprint for post-Tea Party America.
Hat tip to Sadly No.