Demographics are everything, so the MSM and pollsters say. I’ll give them that and not argue with my “betters.” My Dad always said, let everything be an object lesson. So, I take the La Paz County/Quartzsite situation very seriously and compare it to the current Debt Ceiling standoff.
The LaPaz County situation in a nutshell appears to be:
In past years of relative prosperity, elected officials signed a contract with a private company to provide a service they thought would be beneficial on some level. Subsequently, there was a parting of the ways and the resulting court of appeals judgement of $9.5 Million was laid on the people of La Paz County.
The elected officials of La Paz County have run out the clock with bickering, blustering, politicking, cronyism and partisan wrangling in town meeetings to the point the judgement has now reached $14 Million and continues to climb.
The citizens are coming unglued for very a understandable reason. It’s the same reason the Tea Parties formed.
Look at the demographics of La Paz County according to the 2010 Census to understand the mountain of local debt they’re facing — piled on top of all the state and federal taxes they’re already burdened with:
Total Population 20,489
Persons under 18 years old 24.5 % (not in full time workforce) Persons 65 and older 33.1 % (not in full time workforce) 57.6% of people not in full time workforce
Total Households between 2004-2009 9,530
Median Income Per Household $ 30,939 Per Capita Income $ 20,050
In a depressed economy with lowered wage expectations, few job opportunites and increasing debt obligations, any population is a powderkeg waiting to explode. With a median income of less than $31,000 per household to cover federal, state and local taxes plus housing, transportation, utilities, clothing and food; how are less than ten thousand households going to come up with the money to pay off the additonal $14 Million that resulted from the bad decisions and dithering of their incompetent elected officials ?
Like La Paz County, Arizona; every state, county, city and town has elected officials who’ve signed contracts heaping their citizens in greater and greater indebtedness…. and that’s not counting the federal debt ceiling Obama wants to raise. Like LaPaz County, the federal government has us in bondage to all the nations that hold our promissory notes.
To quote Bette Davis as Margot Channing in ALL ABOUT EVE, “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night.”
This is fair warning to every candidate seeking office at every level of government. ~LTG