Friday, September 13, 2013

KY Teabaggers Kill Libraries

Go to Somalia, guys. Somalia has no libraries and no taxes. Just pure, unadulterated, no-gubmit FREEDUMBS everywhere you go.

Doktor Zoom at Wonkette:

Score another WIN for Liberty! Residents of several Kentucky counties have been rescued from the tyranny of public libraries — or more specifically, from the tyranny of library boards being able to levy incremental increases in property taxes without an election being called every year or two. The details are buried in the boring particulars of a state law governing the funding of library districts, but the final score is: Homeowners will save a whopping average of $50 a year in property taxes, for FREEDOM. Oh, and the libraries will have their budgets slashed between 55 and 70 percent, effectively gutting them. But hey, LIBERTY!!!!!

As Alternet’s David Morris reports, it all started in 2012, when the Library Board of Pulaski County, Kentucky, used its taxing authority to add an average of $1 a year to property taxes, to support existing services at five libraries.
When state judges ruled that the 1979 law was invalid, and that three county library systems would have to roll back tax rates to 1978 levels (and in one county, 1967 rates), a tea partier who had been one of the plaintiffs announced
“The people of Campbell County won … Our country was founded upon those taking action against tyrannic government.”
Take THAT, Dr. Seuss!


But the teabaggers, they do not care for this ridiculous socialist experiment of public libraries, a Marxist invention that has only been around for a couple hundred years and is clearly a tool of oppression. As one tea party blog asks,
“Why should my neighbors be able to rent non-educational DVDs and video games at a cost to the taxpayer when I rent mine at Redbox? Redbox charges a $1.27 per movie including taxes which I think is a steal.”
And there you have the tea party in a nutshell: I got mine, fuck you and your access to things I don’t think are important. If you want videos, pay for them yourself, and if you can’t afford them, get a job. Also, the minimum wage is communist, too.

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