Time for a new 501(c)3 organization in Lee County- Taxaholics Anonymous (TA). Just like its Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) counterparts, TA would serve a desperate need here in Lee County. You see, on November 2, 2010 Lee County taxpayers spoke out against traditional tax and spend behaviors among their elected leaders. Those that weren’t owning up to their fiscal responsibilities were universally cast to the curb. We haven’t yet treated them for their disorders, though. I remain hopeful some civic-minded fiscal conservatives will carve out sufficient time and energy to help our troubled elected (and former) leaders as they receive rehabilitation for their clinical tax and spend maladies.
Our list of candidate clients include school system officials Dr. Jeff Moss, Bill Tatum, John Bonardi, Dr. Lynn Smith, Dr. Linda Smith, and Rev. Shawn Williams. Note- Tatum and Moss need extra attention, as it appears their depth of affliction borders on psychosis. The Lee County Board of Commissioners have universal tax enthusiast Richard Hayes, plus a few pro-sales tax folks who are attempting remediation under new Chair Linda Shook. These few seem to be making some progress in reforming their taxing behaviors.
Until recently, at the state level we had venerable taxaholic Jimmy Love, now replaced by tax cutter Mike Stone. Love is still the attorney for several local boards and is thus, still a prime candidate for TA. Bob Atwater still practices fast and loose spending as our state senator and looks to be a good candidate as well. Perhaps we need to include a senatorial redistricting in his treatment plan.
Bobby Etheridge was already in tax and spend rehab following the November election, but unfortunately he had a relapse when taxaholic Gov Bev Purdue appointed him to oversee disbursement of federal stimulus money across the state. The lesson learned here is that you can’t allow one taxaholic to interfere with the treatment plan for another taxaholic. Let’s hope we all learn from this mistake just how difficult it is to treat the most dire cases of taxaholism, especially criminally taxaholic officials like Bobby E. I really don’t know if Etheridge can get into the TA program in Harnett County, so we Lee County citizens should be gracious and offer him sponsorship right here in Lee County.
The run-up to election 2012 is right around the corner. Soon, there will be a number of hard core taxaholics in Lee County who will be leaving office and, thus, available for TA rehab. Once we identify an executive director for the Lee County Taxaholics Anonymous we’ll widely disseminate the appropriate contact information. In the mean time, prospective TA clients can perform advanced preparation by digesting the contents at the following web sites:
John Locke Foundation- http://www.johnlocke.org/
Americans for Prosperity- http://www.americansforprosperity.org/national-site