Friday, January 2, 2009

Agree and Disagree

I guess even a broken clock is right twice a day... sorta.

This post at the Colorado Index suggests reducing the amount of lottery funds being spent on open space to help the general fund.

I think that's a good idea actually - within limits and with strict wording to make sure the funding comes back.

But - the last words of the last line:
"...a category that doesn't directly impact near term quality of life."
exemplify to me the bottom-line-only mentality of the right.

I think the Preamble to the Constitution states it very succinctly:
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
"Posterity" is a very elegant way to refer to the future. Our descendants. Stewardship.

As in 'don't fuck up the planet so bad there's no place for the kids (and their kids and so on) to live in and enjoy'

"...directly impact..." and "...near term..." are weasel words used to cover up the complete disdain for protecting the environment.

Open Space / Green Space is very important. I believe it needs to be prioritized, but let's make sure the priority stays on the list... which I'm certain will be the 'sticking point' for the CO GOP who will see this as an opportunity to slash it down to nothing and eliminate it permanently.

1 comment:

Kaye Fissinger said...

Now Doug, you know very well that they are lusting after the open space for urban sprawl. They don't want to help the general fund, they want to shrink government. When no one's paying attention, they call it "shrink the beast." It eliminates all programs that help people. Corporate welfare stays.