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How to Fix a Budget: Government Theft

August 22nd, 2010-8:01 am by sub2change

I thought I might play nice for a while, until I got back on my blogging feet. Then, I went to Irishfest.

We look for street parking whenever we go to the festival grounds. Yesterday was no different, except that we noticed some new signs: Temporary – No parking 9pm-12am, Fri-Sat. My wife asked what’s with the signs and I sarcastically responded, “revenue generators,” speculating that the parking checkers would be out at precisely 9pm.

Even though I was joking a little I couldn’t have been more right. When we walked past the line of cars at 10pm there was a parking ticket on every one. I saw a woman entering her car and finding the ticket neatly placed under her wiper blade.

Me: Are you surprised by that?

Her: Yes.

Me: They put up temporary signs back there. We almost fell for it, too.

She walked back to the sign post, gave a look of disgust, and returned to her car. No doubt, this process repeated itself hundreds of times throughout the night.

But, this sort of thing happens all the time, you say. What’s the big deal? Well, it occurred to me that this was an attempt by the city government to generate revenue: Tom Barrett’s city government. The man who would be governor finds this an acceptable tactic to make up a few dollars in the city budget. What do you suppose he would invent or allow as governor? And, the hypocrisy given that he’s been operating his campaign headquarters without a permit.

Tom Barrett, I challange you to forgive the parking tickets issued in the Third Ward this weekend. Admit that this was a shameless money grab and apologize for your city government.

Posted in Milwaukee, taxes, WI Government | 1 Comment »

One Response

  1. David Casper Says:

    Well, well, well…look who’s back.

    I’d be curious to know if some even dictated the parking restriction. Even so, I’ve seen plenty of instances where parking is restricted for a specific event but the signs for the restriction are up far longer than they need to be. In such a case, it’s hard not to think of it as revenue generation, pure and simple.

    The thing is, I know a lot of folks who avoid downtown like the plague because they think parking is so horrible (it’s no Chicago, but from their perspective, it’s pretty bad). When they finally decide to come into downtown to lay out some cash and see seemingly pointless parking restrictions, it makes them think twice about doing it again.

    Kinda like cutting off your nose to spite your face, if you ask me.

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