Well not Washington really, but I went to county sponsored community meeting which is almost as bad.
Lynette and I recently attended a community meeting where the County Manager and his shill (I believe they call them “consultants”) were explaining a new proposed “fee” for property owners.
(Yeah, yeah, I know what some of you are shouting now. Shut up and let me type…)
Of course as many at the meeting recognized a government fee is really a tax. And there is a law in place saying that our property taxes can only be increased so much each year, and of course the public officials want to spend more so they look for ways to get around the law.
Our neighbors pointed out that this was obviously a new tax and our taxes are supposed to be capped.
The two “gentleman” making the presentation patiently explained that the courts had decided that this kind of bill legally qualified as a fee, not a tax, and was not subject to the same legal requirements as a tax.
“That doesn’t make it right,” Lynette told them.
They stopped short and their eyes went wide. I’m not kidding – they looked at her as if she was from another planet. I guess the shorthand is to say their jaws dropped, I believe their mouths visibly relaxed.
What could it possibly mean to say that having a measure blessed by a court didn’t make it right?
This was the first time I’d been to such a meeting in many years and I decided that my neighbors might not be ready to fully digest an allusion to Dred Scott at this precise moment…
Instead I offered a few short and simple (and very polite) arguments why the “gentlemen” were obviously full of shit.