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Vail Daily Editor Don Rogers: What are we smoking?

Don Rogers
Vail, CO, Colorado

Under the “whiff of funny stuff” category:

n One of the main Tea Party advocates in our community, a podiatrist, complains bitterly in a letter to the editor that the government will cut him smaller checks. I like Dr. Michael Schneider, and my family has gone to him with foot problems. He’s great.

But, Doc, really? All that hollering about the need for smaller government and all this terrible “socialism” inflicted by those horrible Democrats if they get their way, yada, yada … but how dare they trim Medicare reimbursements?

What about smaller government don’t we understand here? Less tax at some point has the consequence of less spending, right?

Of course, neither the Republicans nor the Democrats have quite figured out the “less spending” part of the equation. Our troubles seem less from “outrageous” taxes, which actually are quite low, than outrageous spending that has landed us deeper and deeper in debt to … the Chinese, those in-fact socialists on steroids.

The Tea Party’s unofficial slogan should switch from “Don’t tread on me” when it comes to taxes to “Damn the debt, pay up” when it’s their check from the collective at stake.

n Meantime, up in the rareified air of Beaver Creek, a review of December’s metro board minutes shows the district gearing up to apply for stimulous funds to make sure no blemishes appear on Village Road, no bumps disturb the VP convoy once it reaches civilization behind the gate.

Also, Kindles for all the board members! Apparently, getting their documents on ordinary computers is a bit gouche. This comes from their taxpayers, since no one would expect a Beaver Creek board member to be able to afford such equipment.

Yes, times are hard, but apparently not all that hard compared to the hoi poloi districts down in the valley.

n And finally, some state legislators must finally have received their prescriptions for medicinal weed.

How else to explain the assertion that opening I-70 to three lanes for 15 miles between Idaho Springs and Georgetown during the weekend rush in and out of the mountains will magically end gridlock along the 100 or so miles to Vail?

The state is in massive debt, but somehow spending $20 million to $40 million on concrete barrier movers, and then a million or so annually on changing the barriers to move the traffic jam a little farther up the hill doesn’t quite seem like the smartest use of precious state funds.

Yes, indeed, it’s a funny world. I must be the one who needs a trip to the dispensary, speaking of wacky. Then this all might make sense.

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