Could Operation Foresight occur now, 
amid council fights and tax battles?

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This particular Spehar column is OK up to the point where he asks the highly manipulative loaded question, “Are we a community of ‘aginners’ or can we still share a vision for a better collective future rather than one rooted in individual self interest?” Again with the wannabe-clever leftist snark.
As Jonah Goldberg put it in one of his recent columns (, “liberals have declared unremitting war on their ideological opponents, cynically polarizing the country along racial — and, when possible, gender — lines.”
Continuing the leftist SOP, Spehar demonizes any person with the temerity to disagree with him and/or his priorities as an “aginner”. What a total crock. That’s much too close to the race card. That’s much too close to shameless leftists’ evil race-mongering mantra, “if you don’t want to pay more taxes so I can have more freebies, you’re a racist.” All thinking people of good will have to reject that kind of manipulative crap on its face — no matter how subtle a polemic package it is wrapped in.
It’s not so much that we’re “aginners”, Jim baby, it’s that some of us would prefer to pay $10 million for a $10-million bridge than make it cost the taxpayers $40 million via the vehicle of long-term bonded indebtedness so the right people can enjoy the tax-free benefits of investing in political manipulation and clever rhetoric.
The only point Spehar manages to prove was made long ago by Plato: “The heaviest penalty for declining to rule is to be ruled by someone inferior to yourself.” To use a modern paraphrase, “those who don’t want to get involved in politics are destined to be ripped off by their inferiors who do want to to get involved in politics for the purposes of self-enrichment in the name of ‘the common good’”.
“Individual self-interest” is leftist code for “individual rights are a bad idea, whereas collectivism under the leadership of me and my cronies is a good idea.” Fortunately, America’s Founders knew full well that self-ownership and individual rights are the only logical pragmatic path to the reciprocal moral (as in Golden Rule) justice between individuals which make liberty, justice and the opportunity for prosperity for all remotely possible in any human society.
Full disclosure: I am acquainted with Jim Spehar. A few decades ago we both worked entry level jobs at the old Safeway at 4th & Ouray. I consider him a nice guy. I hate it when nice guys talk like cutesy manipulative politicians.

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