Joe Meglen

Joe Meglen 2 months, 1 week ago on Steamboat Springs will continue to lose its middle class if elected officials don't act on housing, committee warns

Where and when were local governments authorized to provide subsidized housing for some by confiscating wealth from others? What happened to equal protection? Let the private businesses that utilize seasonal workers solve their own problem without asking for subsidies.

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Joe Meglen 3 months ago on Integrated Community offering legal services for immigrants

Legal immigrants shouldn’t feel the least bit “unsettled due to the results of the presidential election.” The incoming administration is simply talking about enforcing existing immigration laws.

It would be interesting to know who funds Integrated Community.

Now if you ask the Yampatika Utes they might consider most of Yampa Valley residents to be illegal aliens.

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Joe Meglen 5 months, 2 weeks ago on City hiring PR manager to help with outreach, messaging

This can’t be a serious proposal. Why stop at one “PR Manager”? Why not establish a new PR department with a taxpayer paid marketing budget, staffed by employees with generous benefits?

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Joe Meglen 5 months, 2 weeks ago on City Council narrowly approves PR effort for air service program

The city council decides to spend the people’s money, without approval, to create propaganda in an attempt to persuade the people to pay additional taxes to subsidize the airline industry that benefits private companies. What gall. How easy it is for politicians to spend other people’s money.

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Joe Meglen 7 months ago on Parks and rec commission to oversee competition for excess lodging tax revenue

Eric,

As usual we agree.

Scott,

“An alternative would be to reduce the lodging tax, but since it is bringing in more money than expected then the tax isn't hurting the lodging industry.”

Those in the lodging industry might disagree. Most, if not all, would prefer to retain much of the tax money that is now confiscated by the city government. Doing so would allow those that invested their capital and take risk to decide how to spend their money rather than have the government make those decisions for them.

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Joe Meglen 7 months ago on Parks and rec commission to oversee competition for excess lodging tax revenue

Excess tax revenues??? How easy it is to spend other people's money. Without constraint government will spend the private sector it plunders into bankruptcy. Are the August/September 2008 financial collapse, and the conditions that caused it, now ancient history? We are momentarily enjoying an echo bounce, primarily in the stock market not the economy, levitated purely by unlimited free credit created out of thin air extended to the very bankers and government that created the collapse. This will end. Save the tax money for there will be a time when there are not “excess” tax revenues.

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Joe Meglen 7 months ago on Our view: Housing demand outpacing supply

Scott,

We agree. Nearly everything government touches is distorted or destroyed in spite of what might be good intentions. Government’s role is to protect individual rights; which by definition includes property rights, and to provide for the common defense. Beyond these functions government is the opposite of free choice. Government is the opposite of freedom.

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Joe Meglen 7 months ago on Our view: Housing demand outpacing supply

Absent government interference in the market affordable housing would develop organically via the law of supply and demand which simultaneously protects property rights. Keep the government out of this and everyone wins.

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