Apparently Jeremy Binckes at TBD has weird thoughts about more than just driving:

It was a long and contentious battle, but the D.C. Council finally passed a statistically small but symbolically significant tax hike on the richest residents. The smart thing to do after such a measure would be to not give the opposition — the design-inept D.C. GOP — any ammunition. Needless to say, a council member has done exactly the opposite.

Two days after that tax hike, $2,300 in taxpayer-funded furniture was delivered to Councilman Michael A. Brown’s office, the Post reports. The couch "smelled like and looked like it was new," but his staff insisted the furniture — four chairs, a desk, a bookshelf and two floor lamps — was used, purchased from Cort to replace "shoddy" furniture from the 1980s.

It’s not about how much it cost, really, but the appearance of spending money while taxing others. This is the practical definition of a disconnect. After all, if the existing furniture had been in use since the ’80s, why choose this exact moment to buy replacement furniture? Why not two weeks ago, or perhaps two months from now? It’s almost as if the council wants bad press.

OK, so let’s avoid the "appearance of spending money while taxing others," forgetting that this is sort of what all governments do at all times. In a parallel universe where the DC Council filled its budget gap with nothing but spending cuts should they avoid the appearance of spending money on themselves while shafting the poor and needy? Maybe! Or maybe sometimes the government has to do things that seem frivolous like "replace ratty old furniture" but are really just the good old-fashioned cost of doing business. The furniture has been there since the 1980s? Why not replace it now? Notice that even he is too embarassed to make this argument directly, simply pointing out a "disconnect" or a "bad appearance," "giv[ing] the opposition…ammunition." That’s because this is not an issue. Grow up.

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