Tuesday, September 17, 2013

CAUTION: Colorado Springs' Mayor’s Vision for a “City for Champions” requires Centralized Planning in place of Free Market Competiton

            Over the past several months, the citizens of Colorado Springs have been presented with Mayor Steve Bach's proposals for projects which address his vision of the city's “need” for increased tourism, greater visibility in the hierarchy of cities, more businesses and jobs, and ongoing general development.  This vision is being strongly supported by the Gazette, the only newspaper in Colorado Springs and owned by Phillip Anschutz, also the owner of the Broadmoor Hotel, that stands to benefit substantially from an additional 500,000 to a million new tourists each year.

            During Mayor Bach's initial campaign for election as the City’s first “Strong Mayor,”  I strongly supported him, being convinced  that he had the best understanding of one of the primary roles of government, that being to protect our individual liberties.    In fact, when placed against the other candidates, he seemed to grasp that understanding far better than most other candidates.  I believe he still does, or at least did.  During the early months of his “reign,” his efforts to make the city more business friendly by reducing regulations, encouraging a more responsive city employee force, and actually reducing expenditures by eliminating city positions were very encouraging.  However, along the way, a different Bach has emerged.  The tenor of his vision has changed from reduced costs and increased efficiencies to acquiring more revenue, albeit from enticing more tourists to our area.  These ideas have not come from the average citizen, but rather from businesses seeking more profit without regard to how they will truly affect the real quality of life of the city’s residents.