The Piercing Truth

This is right from the dictionary and seems to describe Albuquerque, Berry and Schultz. Fascism (f ash ,izem) noun An authoritarian right wing system of government and/or social organization. (in general use) extreme right wing, authoritarian, chauvinistic and/or intolerant views or practices. Fascism tends to include a belief in the supremacy of one group over another, national, ethnic, especially social strata or monetarily; a contempt for democracy, an insistence on obedience to a powerful leader, and a strong demagogic approach. Compliments of one of our Eyes

Jan 12, 2009

Livin' the Dream

First the housing bubble burst then Wall Street melted down - the result was a HUGE decline in new home construction in Albuquerque.
[N]ew home construction is way off in Albuquerque. The Bureau of Business and Economic Research expects home building permits will be down 60 percent this year compared with last year.
The drop was hardly surprising considering the fact that new housing starts in Albuquerque had already been declining due to onerous impact fees and ever increasing regulations regarding everything from toilets to insulation.

At first glance, it doesn't seem to be a problem other than underscoring the country's economic decline. However, the city depends on income from things like impact fees and even building permits to pay for its ever growing bureaucracy.

Our Eyes tell us that the planning department is starting to feel the pinch as their force of tax collectors, uh... building inspectors are not busy red tagging contractors, but wiling away their time at home. You see, when permits aren't pulled there's nothing to inspect.

Unlike their private sector counter-parts, the inspectors are employees of the city (who probably got double paid last week) which means that it doesn't matter whether or not there's work to do they still get paid. Meanwhile, private contractors are busy trying to scare up some business just to put food on the table.

The inspectors are a perfect example of the difference between public and private sectors. Private companies must adapt to market conditions to stay alive. They'll reassign, retrain, and even let go of workers when there's no work to do. Otherwise, a private company cannot stay in business.

On the other hand, government simply digs into our pockets to pay for workers who have no work to do unless or until developers start building again. Meanwhile, city inspectors are livin' the dream - being paid despite the absence of any real work.


Anonymous said...

Why do you continue to refuse to acknowledge the fact that impact fees are not "onerous government" but actually a partial re-accrual of the taxpayer funded subsidies for sprawl developers in the form of city-provided water, sewer, and transportation infrastructure?

Additionally, why do you continue to pretend that unfettered real estate development is a good thing and somehow a sustainable economic growth vector?

Anonymous said...

I think city inspectors have plenty to do to keep them busy.

After all they must being going after those developers that have "Fugitive Soil" permits (another scam cost) to make sure their dirt fences are in place.

Everyone seems to comply except the city projects, check out their "fugitive soil" fences.

I would think the city would rather go after real "people" fugitives instead of dirt.

By the way... what are APD's REAL numbers. The media has been asking for years and still gets Schultz' canned answer. He gives them a small carrot and it gets them to go away for awhile.

Anonymous said...

real numbers bla bla bla, who cares? go take ur calls u damn crybabies!

Anonymous said...


I'm not a cop, you dork from the
5th or 11th floor, blah, blah, blah

And who cares? Every taxpaying city citizen, even the public employess. Who, by the way pay taxes also!