Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller, City Council, and other supporters of using tax dollars to aid asylum seekers all likely suffered injuries this week patting themselves on the back for, as Keller put it, “standing for the families lawfully traveling through the Duke City to join their sponsors around the country and seek a better life.”
That sounds really nice, but spending tax dollars collected from the citizens of Albuquerque does not enhance the moral standing of elected officials. It’s NOT THEIR MONEY! If Tim Keller, Pat Davis, or any of the supporters of using tax dollars for this purpose want to actually engage in a moral act, they should donate their own time and money to helping the asylum seekers.
And opponents of spending $250,000 don’t get off the hook entirely. While we at the Rio Grande Foundation share the view that this is NOT what our tax dollars were intended for, it would be great if folks who fight so vehemently against this spending were so passionate (and proactive) about the way their City taxes and spends their money. Run for City Council this fall, come to meetings (like when Council raised taxes a year ago), and engage more broadly in how government at all levels uses your tax dollars.
After all, when City Council raised the GRT last March there were only a handful of citizens there (including myself) to speak out against the proposal. Where do you think Council got the $250,000 they had “just sitting around” waiting for them to spend?