(Found on Timebomb 2000)
If you move around in the "doom and gloom" circles on the Internet, you've surely ran across the Mogambo Guru. He's the sort of guy that isn't above telling you what he thinks, even if it makes you uncomfortable. (Maybe especially if it makes you uncomfortable.)
One of his recent pieces is "Will Work For Taxes", where he talks about Greenburgh, NY and its plan to allow senior citizens to work for the town (at the princely pay of $7/hour) in order to pay their property taxes. Yes, you are reading that correctly.
The Guru's reaction is, shall we say, to the point:
Instead of the town saying, "Oh, my God! What kind of ravenous vampires have we become?" and lowering their damned spending and the damned taxes, "The town is pushing a program that would let seniors work part-time, for $7 an hour, to help pay off some of their property taxes."
It seems that, at least in Greenburgh, all that is old is new again. Welcome to the New Feudalism, indeed.