Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Bush Economic Policy Starting To Come Home To Roost

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We have been warned over and over again that our current economy is unsustainable. Between shrinking tax revenues, which were slashed for the rich, our record high and ever growing national debt and our incredible trade imbalance we are fast approaching meltdown. Economists say that it won't be long before most of our tax revenues will go to pay off the interest on the national debt. The government will no longer be able to afford to provide those services we have come to expect as taxpayers.

Here's a case in point:

Police chiefs facing tight budgets are turning to a new source for money - drivers who cause fender benders or more serious accidents.

A few dozen police departments in the Midwest, including Indiana, began charging drivers and their insurers within the past year for the cost of investigating traffic accidents and writing up reports.

Bills for drivers range from $120-$500.

''That's money we can use to buy a patrol car or pay for gas,'' said Lt. Don McCarter of the Griffith, Ind., police department. ''Everybody's always looking for extra money.''

Expect to see more and more charges along these lines. I suspect that it won't be long before all police and fire calls will come with a user charge. Report a robbery, get a bill. Call the Fire Department, prepare to pay.

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