Michael Lewis of Miami Today makes an argument to Miami Dade County to NOT raise taxes, as they are contemplating, saving me the time. He says:
"...The private sector has had to cut — and none of us has the option to make someone else pay so that we can keep on spending as much as we did in the heady boom days." And:
"In fact, if the county cut that entire $350 million to $400 million tax shortfall out of the budget in the coming year it would be spending about $350 million more than just three years ago." Finally:
"...Don't come to us, commissioners, and paint possible spending loss as the end of police and fire services and parks and senior citizen care, as you always do when spending cuts are hinted at, because plenty of areas can be cut with far less public pain."