Taxpayers have had enough. It doesn’t matter which party a politician is affiliated with; if you violate your oath to serve the people, you will be voted out of office. The taxpayers of Maimi-Dade County Florida did just that.
With 100 percent of precinct votes counted, 88 percent voted to oust the mayor, making Miami-Dade the most populous area, with more than 2.5 million people, ever to recall a local official. Just 12 percent of the 204,500 who cast ballots were in favor of allowing Alvarez to finish his second term, which ends in 2012.
Alvarez, a Republican (in name only), angered taxpayers by raised property taxes and giving hefty salary raises to county employees. Enraged, the people of Miami-Dade started a recall petition and got twice the 51,000 signatures needed to recall the mayor.
Yolanda Soler, 47, said she voted to recall the mayor. “I think it’s important that politicians know when the people are not with them,” she said. “What he did didn’t make any fiscal sense. I’m disappointed because I did trust him to do a better job.”
There were a string of needless spending initiatives Alvarez had put in place. But it was this tax hike that was the last straw that angered and drove the voters to recall their mayor. Alvarez also passed a bill funding, at taxpayer expense, a new $600 million stadium for the Florida Marlins baseball team.
Francisco Rodriguez, 58, a bus driver, said his property taxes increased by about $600 this year, leading him to cancel his health insurance. He voted to remove Alvarez.
Just like Wisconsin, the voters have had enough of politicians, either Democrat or Republican, favoring public workers over the taxpayers. Public workers that maintain lavish salaries and benefits.
This is happening all around the country. With a fragile economic recovery being threatened by out of control unions, and tax and spend politicians, the taxpayers are taking their government back, and it’s about time.
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