We can only hope that the folks who read this blog have a little more patience than we do. We’re getting terribly tired of writing about so much of the claptrap put forth in the print media of this city.
The headline on the "guilty" column in today’s paper reads, "Our divisions keep us from solving city’s crime problem."
As an aside, we would suggest that the current national, wild-eyed - and abused - concept of "diversity" can take its share of the blame. Under that flag, racial, ethnic and groups of many kinds are encouraged to identify themselves as victims of one thing or another, and therefore entitled to separate beneficial treatment.
But, on to the local problems. These sentences appear late in the nearly 30-inch column. "Imagine what would happen if people across the region pulled together, pooled our resources and tried to help the people who are struggling to stay afloat in the inner city....But Indianapolis can’t do it alone, not when so much wealth in our region is in the suburbs." (Our emphasis.)
This is obviously backhanded support of the ongoing proposal for a commuter tax to force suburbanites to help finance a political structure - a structure which has extravagantly misused hundreds of millions of tax dollars.
We’ve had our resources "pooled" for us, but we’ve had little to say in how they were, and still are, being used.
We’ve handed hundreds of millions of public dollars to real estate developers - a double whammy in itself. Nearly every subsidized project includes provision for hundreds of parking spots, while the same people are advocating new taxes of a couple of billion dollars for public transportation so people won’t have to drive!
We’ve handed more hundreds of millions of public dollars to billionaire owners of professional sports franchises. (And while we’re being repetitive, we’ll ask one more time, "Whatever happened to the quarter century worth of revenue from the Food and Beverage Tax that was supposed to have paid for original football field?")
Public and private "investment" in the billions of dollars have resulted in a negative financial return for the taxpayers of Indianapolis. We believe many of the cultural problems besetting this city may arise from a public perception that the downtown movers and shakers, really don’t give a damn about the people "...struggling to stay afloat...," whether it be in the inner city or any place else.
This might be why some could develop the (criminal?) attitude, "It's OK to force people to 'contribute' to others by law. It may be legally accurate, but it sure ain't right, so I'll just make make my own law!"
Actually, huge numbers of tax dollars have been available for years for legitimate municipal functions. We’re just suffering from a long and painfully miserable sense of priorities.