Two things today:
Today’s news story that Mayor Matthew Godfrey is blaming sewer rate hikes on “environmentalists” is an interesting exercise in political scapegoating, not to mention two-faced political speak. George Orwell would be proud.
Godfrey says he’s all about clean rivers, but then blames the overly restrictive regulations of the Environmental Protection Agency for causing sewer rates to go up. The Central Weber Sewer District needs the money to up grade its treatment plant to meet new regulations, so blame the environmantalists?
Godfrey needs to be careful about who he criticizes here: The ski companies and outdoor recreation companies he so ardently courts are composed of, and cater to customer bases of, ardent environmentalists to a large degree. If he criticizes environmentalism too loudly, word will get out that Ogden is not friendly to lovers of the environment, or that its professed love is a Potempkin Village, and companies that cater to those lovers of the environment will take their business elsewhere.
You can’t have it both ways Matt.
On another tack:
The Washington Post had yet another in a continuing series of stories today on how people are dealing with the recession. Apprently being thrifty is back in vogue. Its story finds some formerly spendthrifty people who have now discovered how much fun it is to be thrifty. The story, called “A Race to Keep Up With the Tightwads” can be found here (click!).
My take: When will the WaPo and others do a story on the real heroes of this recession: Those of us who have always lived under our means, who have always avoided debt, who have always saved, and who now, as a result, haven’t had to cut back our spending one iota.
These stories sound like members of the Vanderbilt family saying how thrift they are being by having the servants open the windows at night instead of turning on the air conditioning. It’s nice to see people finally getting thrifty, but these stories make it sound like a craze, like hoola hoops, that everyone will do for a while and then go back to the old ways.
Meanwhile, the rock base of the economy, people who have always lived responsibly, will continue to do so, even as the government spends our tax dollars to clean up the mess caused by people like these newly converted coupon clippers.