Hearing the "Back-up Beeps"
Sunday, October 22, 2006
Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard felt the need to offer Indy Star readers damage control on his pet project, the socialized arts center, and its funding woes. Telling item from the Mayor's letter:
The performing arts center will be one of the most important structures built in Indiana this century with the first acoustically superb dedicated concert hall in the Indianapolis area. It will hold 1,600 and the theater will hold 500. This type of project spurs economic development by attracting the kind of employees that top employers seek. When we can no longer attract businesses to the area because employees don't want to live here, we lose.
To paraphrase Winston Churchill, trying to tax yourself into prosperity is like standing in a bucket and then lifting it up. It's nutty, because Carmel is as prosperous a city as Indiana, or America, can offer.
Is Carmel really suffering in the area of attracting jobs? Why go to extraordinary, expensive lengths to solve a problem that doesn't exist? Oh- that's right. Brainard loves classical music. This is his pet project.
Well, Brainard is just representative of today's tax-and-spend, fiscally liberal Republicans.
Glad he set the record straight on that!