This one time I was mad because the water company dug in my backyard without notifying me, so I’m not allowed to find this hysterical over-reaction funny, but I do anyway:
The Arizona Republic reported this weekend about the intense debate surrounding a change to the community’s garbage collection services. Currently, Fountain Hills’ 25,000 residents can choose between five different collectors. Under the new system, the community has hired a single trash collector to meet the town’s garbage hauling needs, collection days will be reduced to once-a-week, and curbside recycling services will be added. ABC15 reports that Town Manager Rick Davis estimated “total savings to reach about $1,000,000 a year,” and that officials also hope the changes will cut down on pollution, noise, and traffic.
Tea Party groups have come out strongly against the measure. The Republic reports some people have dubbed it “trashcare,” as if it were the local, municipal waste-related cousin of “Obamacare.” Fliers were distributed that read “The Hills Will Have Eyes,” and which raised the specter of a “Fountain Hills Green Police” poking around citizens’ garbage bins. On its website, Arizona Campaign for Liberty warned that “The Fountain Hills Mayor & Town Council is attempting to restrict resident’s choice in trash services by forcing residents into a single payer system!” The Fountain Hills Tea Party’s website reads, “Once more, government is trying to interfere with free market economics.”
“The Hills Will Have Eyes” is some quality stuff. I know that I will probably have to read 4-5 more pieces explaining what horrible person I am, because making fun of these teahadists for some reason really, really upsets libertarians, but if I can’t have a laugh at the expense of these clowns, what’s the point of having a blog?
BTW- check out this unreasonable tyrant of a mayor:
Schlum says he’s received more email about this issue than any other one he’s seen in his two years as mayor. But while the emails before last Thursday tended to be from people opposing the change, since then Schlum reports he’s received more messages in support.
He said he had friends on both side of the issue, and expressed understanding for those concerned with government taking choices away from citizens, no matter how small. But he offered an assurance:
“If this doesn’t work, it’s a contract, and we can get out of it,” he said. “That’s the beauty of doing it in a smaller town.”
It’s more than a contract- it is a slippery slope to socialism! The hills have eyes! Single payer garbage removal!