Tuesday, May 17, 2005

value of good government?

I was good friends with Ali ElSaffar when he was township assessor for both Oak Park Township and Berwyn Township. (Yes, he was assessor in two distinct townships at once.)

Oak Park and Berwyn are about the same size. IIRC village government is considerably less expensive, but more corrupt in Berwyn.

If substantially reducing corruption actually cost more than allowing it to continue at its current level, how much more taxes would you be willing to spend to have less corrupt government?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's comparing apples and oranges.

For decades, Oak Park local government has been run by
woozy liberals, many with high incomes and many who come from
families with considerable wealth
(which they will inherit). They don't care about what anything costs, they don't care how high property taxes go, because they
don't feel the pain.

There have been some promises of change lately, but it's too soon to tell.

It is certainly possible to have
less costly government in Oak Park, including a substantially reduced government bureaucracy,
but only if the power of this wealthy elite is reduced.

2:44 PM  
Blogger Carl Nyberg said...

And the best way to reduce the power of the wealthy liberal elite is to slash their federal income taxes (and eliminating the inheritance tax) while shifting the tax burden to property taxes....

2:54 PM  

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