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September, Fiscal Year, No Billion Dollars falling from the sky.

Budget time cometh. Three years ago, when Real Estate started to crap all over the economy, Rivera, our mayor for those who don’t speak Coloradospringsish… said that what the city needed was for a Billion Dollars to fall from the sky. That $42 Million he later turned down, because it was earmarked to stuff he didn’t think were priorities, like dinner parties for his Rich Sponsors to discuss how to redirect the rest of it to their bank accounts..
That would help a lot. But, it was “earmarked” so NO to the schools, the parks, the streetlights, the Cops and Fire and Ambulance, and especially NO to Bus Service. A bit of rumor hit my ears today.
Bus Service to be cut even further. Of course, any real announcement would be made after the election. When somebody else can take the heat, I suppose. The time frame spoken for the schedule, doesn’t even cover kids going home from school. Far less people who work a 9-to-5. So one more time the Working Class gets to bite the something or other in order for the Parasite Class to continue their Massive Theft Ventures.
I can almost understand Capitalists, Why SHOULD other people besides themselves get the goodies, and further, why should THEY, the ones who actually profit from Capital, Pay for the services only they get? It’s just not FAIR! Poor little Rich Bitches.
As for the ones who don’t profit from capital, as one third of Americans don’t, who work themselves further into debt because they’re not paid enough to cover the costs of producing their labor, we’re the ones who should pay the price for THEM to get services, and not them.

No, Citizen, it is our DUTY to support the Parasite class, for to claim a share of what we actually earn rather than feed it into the Greedy Maws of Capitalist Hogs and their sows and piglets… that would be SOCIALISM! and we all know that Socialism is purest evil. We know this because the Capitalists, who like the rest of us have never actually had or experienced a Socialist Economy on any more than a local level, pay spokes-freaks to tell us so.

There’s probably to be another rally downtown. Of course we know now, as we knew then, that the Arrogant Ones at City Hall won’t budget funds for anything but what makes their Rich Bitch buddies (and owners) richer.

One feels like Oliver Twist at the orphanage asking the docent for more gruel.

From last Friday’s action, some pictures, some linked commentary

The linked commentary isn’t about the bus lack-of-service, it’s to fellow local activist Loren Wirbel made a short documentary film just showing a FEW of the multi-gazillionaire “defense” plants around town. You know the ones, our Magnificently Superior Business Experts at City Hall made the command decision for us to give them Tax Exemptions that would make Reagan blush, to draw them to a Strategic Location where they were going to come anyway. So they get local services on the local dime far disproportionately to what they actually paid for. It’s bad enough that We The People have to subsidize Corporate Welfare Cheats like Lockheed but they’re also Corporate Warfare Daddy Warbucks types who make their money from other people DYING.
Deathmongers getting a free ride from our Wise and Noble and Ever So Much Better that us City Hall. The rest of us paid our fare, but we don’t get the ride. That’s not fair.
By the way, that last line isn’t complaining, it’s telling the Ayn Rand worshipers that they’re complete Liars when they say stupid shit like they’re actually a Free Market where everybody has a chance. Lying… Cowardly… PUKES. A swarm of Parasitic Slugs in search of a bag of salt.

A LOT of canes and wheelchairs, and a few burnout refugees-from-the-70s Ahem..

Cyrus of course.

Just some of our friends. Notice the preponderance of canes and wheelchairs.
There’s a reason for this, it’s because the other people who depend on the buses were at their jobs waiting their turn to be injured then disposed of.
Timing of the event has to be when buses are running, it’s a Catch-22 of massive proportions.
The bus service abruptly cuts off at shift change.

If you’ll notice, the Bus Service people had their Q&A session scheduled for the middle of the afternoon as well. Intentionally? Orders from Above? Eh.
One of the people who uses the bus to go to and only occasionally FROM work, said “Hey, they didn’t even actually pay attention to the badly disabled, how are they going to handle the Working Poor?”

How indeed. Republicans and Ayn Rand “libertarians” tend to take the short view when it comes to Workers and our rights. If it isn’t happening to them personally, immediately, they just don’t see it happening. If they personally aren’t staring down the barrel of the gun, they’ll simply say “Gun? What gun? I don’t see any gun… nothing to see here, citizens, keep moving, nothing to see..”

A statement to our Beloved City Council and Mayor

From Ed Billings.

Prior to the drastic cuts in our Transit System as of January 1, 2010 I was told “Don’t Protest, Talk to the City Council instead”, I have done that time and time again.

There have been numerous obstacles to keeping local bus services as it was. First there was Mayor Lionel Rivera who really doesn’t care about the transit system at all. Then there is Doug Bruce who keeps hollaring that taxes must be eliminated.

The last City Council Meeting I had attended on November 24, 2009 was amusing when I watched Doug Bruce and Mayor Lionel Rivera arguing with each other. Watching two rightwingers at each other’s throats is always a sight to see.

What wasn’t amusing was when the majority had voted to eliminate evening and weekend public transportation. Other Passengers have told me that City Council of Colorado Springs will make their decisions regardless of what people like us say.

Doug Bruce and Mayor Rivera should have bought each other a beer to celebrate having gotten what they wanted, Doug Bruce Should have been happy that 2c had failed which gave Mayor Rivera all the ammo he needed to eliminate Evening and Weekend public transportation, Turn off alot of street lights which has increased the crime rate and his ever famous stunt of removing trash cans from city parks.

Doug Bruce should also be happy because now Colorado Springs will begin to be as slummy as the properties he owns.

To which I have to add, the Shitty Hall folks just don’t even make good professional grade thieves.

Not taking a cue from Dallas and Fort Worth about attracting and keeping Large Scale Bribe Resources to Colorado in general or Springs in particular, they neglect a sure fire dealmaker or Deal Killer. And they do it by trying to bribe the bribe-sources, using public money. Taxpayers get to subsidize Corporate Freeloaders who aren’t essentially Taxpayers. WalMart, for instance, is a net loss to our town. We pay more for the stormwater rushing off their massive roofs and parking lots in such quantities it broke our already broken water purification system. You know, the one that was put in 50 and 60 years ago when the population was 75% less. So now the poisons from Wally World and other Toxic Waste sites are running down to our fellow countrymen who live downhill thus downstream from us. Everybody West of the Mississippi for instance. One of them, our nearest neighbor, Pueblo, is suing the City for more money than would cost to reinstate bus service at a much higher level AND fix the problem in the first place.

That’s something they’d probably not want done, actually, a Pyrrhic Victory in the form of Colorado Springs owing more money than we can repay.

I imagine the Rich Bastards who caused and continued the problem will simply take their secured bank accounts elsewhere. No longer be part of Colorado Springs and thus, not liable for any of the damage their policies caused.

But Colorado Springs needs give no concessions to the Fortune 500. We don’t need to “hide the homeless” so the Magical Personages of the Fabulously Rich don’t have to see poverty. Homeless PEOPLE exist in every community in America. A problem being worsened by the Fabulously Rich.

One such Corporation, Hewlett Packard, packed up their belongings and hauled their ass out to greener pastures. A city without the hassle of No Bus Service and Neglect for Infrastructure plus they won’t owe any part of whatever settlement comes out of the Water Suit.

Meanwhile, in Dallas and now, Ft Worth, public transport is expanding. In the past decade, a light rail service was added to Ft Worth at four locations, the Amtrak/City Bus Lines/Greyhound cooperatively owned and maintained terminals, at Northeast Mall in Richland Hills, although Richland Hills, like Mayor Rivera, doesn’t want Bus Service, more on that later.

At the Bell Textron Helicopter plant in Ft Worth right on the line with Hurst. Military Industrial Complex leader who wish to have it where their employees can have a reliable way of getting to and from the plant. A hub in between Arlington and Euless that serves the Dallas County municipalities of Grand Prairie and Irving. And the Tarrant Co. Municipality of DFW International Airport.

And from the Ft Worth terminal, the bus service goes to two other Municipalities, Lake Worth which has a shuttle bus running to some heavy duty Military Industrial Complex plants.. and the former Carswell AFB now Joint Reserve Base.

Why doesn’t Colorado Springs Airport, the local Military Bases, the local malls, the local Military Industrial Complex and other businesses have NO Bus Service, nor the non-existent Amtrak terminal?

Because our “Real Estate Professionals” who own Shitty Hall and all the denizens thereof, are stupid.

They don’t play hardball.

Rather than give people tax breaks to move to the Springs, why wouldn’t they point out the Choice Business Environment that’s provided by our East/West and North/South transportation hubs?

The Union Pacific/Southern Pacific Tracks run right by where an Amtrak station would be, if the right wing freaks like Doug Bruce weren’t so rabidly opposed to Amtrak because it’s “Socialism!!”

OH MY GOD! RUN FOR IT! PANIC! THE SOCIALISTS MIGHT PUT IN A TRAIN STATION!

It’s a completely moronic attitude, and it does have its mirror in Ft Worth, the Mid Cities and even Dallas.

There are only 4 municipal entities in Tarrant County, out of 42, which are served by Public Transportation. George Bush and his comrades, who are against any public transportation, education, whatever other Socialist stuff that they can label as such… pay private transportation to their War Industries and to the partially Bush Owned Texas Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. You can catch a shuttle bus to watch the Rangers lose in a home game. Arlington, Euless, Bedford, Grapevine, Hurst, Richland Hills, North Richland Hills, Haltom City, all the way to Ft Worth, don’t have any public transportation.

The unofficial reason, spread by Whispering Campaign everytime the issue comes up, is that it would draw “niggers” to their towns. I wonder how much of that blatant bigotry is in place here in the Springs?

Mayor Lyin’ Hell Rivera and his buddies like Bruce and Paige and the other thieves, how about it?

Mayor Rivera was caught on a cellphone video saying that only bums and winos ride the bus.

Apparently, that Elitist Claptrap prevails at Shitty Hall. As Ed noted, petitioning the City to do anything about it only gets you mocked by the Elitist Stuck-up Snobbish SnotMuffins on the Council.

“Guards! Guards! These PEASANTS are interrupting our pleasures! Away with them!”

Meanwhile, the same geographic immovable features that make this a prime Military transportation hub, (there’s very few places that go through the mountains, those big things you see if you look to the sunset, East-west. The Ute Pass is one of them… and west of here, the next big North-South trunk line is in California.) would make the Springs an excellent transport hub for Civilian enterprises, not just the War Industries hovering around the not-going-anywhere Military Bases.

So what do Mayor Lyin’ Hell and the other numb-nuts at Shitty Hall do? First they cut bus service to the Military Bases. What the hell, dudes, I thought you stupid ChickenHawk pricks actually loved the Military. Just, as far as I can see, perhaps I’m wrong, none of you loved it enough to join.

Perhaps the ONE institution in town not chock full of people wanting to lynch the Mayor. And his accomplices. Mall Wart, if you wander in to their store, you see like 14 sales clerks out of 50 cash registers, counting the ones at the instore deli and sporting goods and electronics. Some Major Job Creation going on there. Hewlett Packard already left. Why?

Because the Shitty Hall people, supposedly Real Estate Professionals, don’t have the skills or the courage to sell the REAL benefits of Colorado Springs.

The Fortune 500 scouts, they know how to play Shitty Hall like a finely tuned fiddle. They According to City Hall heavies and Real Estate Propagandist J. Heuberger come to town, sniff disapprovingly and make ridiculous demands such as getting rid of all the Visible Poverty before graciously moving their Corporate operations into what’s essentially a field of Cash growing on bushes to their perspective.

Rivera, Paige, Bruce! WAKE THE HELL UP, STUPID!

The more you grovel to them the more they’ll take from the City. I realize you have most of your collective wealth stashed outside the boundaries of Colorado Springs… but they’re playing YOU for prize-winning Chumps at OUR expense.

It’s called Bargaining. You retards wouldn’t last a red hot 15 minutes at a flea market. You could be selling brand new Big Screen 3DHD Televisions, still in the box, somebody who knows how to bargain, and your weaknesses, say the boxes are scuffed at the edges and offer graciously to haul them away for a small fee of a hundred dollars each and you’d give them the damn TeeVees, the money, and pack them on the dude’s truck for him and spot him an extra 50 for “wasting his time.”

Meanwhile you’re downgrading the city step by slow screaming-pain step.

I agree with Ed, it WILL make the whole city as slummy as Doug Bruces properties.

You won’t be getting the quality bribe money your “betters” get in Dallas and even Ft Worth.