Submitted today to the Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Conservative ideologues who blindly oppose raising taxes for government services are encouraging a culture of irresponsibility and free loading among all those who can afford to pay their fair share. Responsible citizens pay their fair share and enjoy the roads that they are allowed to drive on as a result of our free culture. But freedom isn’t free. Asphalt isn’t cheap. Cheap, political hacks want simple-minded short-term fixes that encourage the shirkers among us who don’t believe in building sustainable communities. Honest, wise stewards of the public dime recognize the need for long-term solutions that give everyone a chance to contribute their resources and talents for the greater good.