Note the first express link below about tax initiatives pushed during the recession. They quote a guy from some anti-tax organization who tells us that people have reservations about approving community investment plans during economic downturns. I balk at that of course because most people who are not sitting around all day "afearin' the dang gum government gonna' take all our money", understand that recessions are temporary. If anything, the flush of jobs such initiatives can create, if left to get off the ground in time, help to speed up recovery. A retroactive period of constructive introspection during these hard times is exactly what Hillsborough County needs. When things pick up again, which they will, an emerged transit system will mushroom Tampa with opportunity and prosperity!
I always try to remember the source of the "but we're in a recession" messages. These are vicious anti-tax, anti-transit, pro-selective-livability people who never support community investment. Think about the obvious here. Were these people at all likely to support rail development when times were good? Will they change their tune when the economy does turn around? No, of course not. There will be a new reason to oppose rail and general livability - one that moves and changes with the times and keeps their backwards philosophies self-viable. These people don't make intellectual arguments, they're ideologues and it's high time their grip on Hillsborough County ended.
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