Looks like people just don't get it. There's a special election just around the bend for Oregonians, and measures 66 and 67 want to raise taxes on businesses and folks making over $250K per year (that's my layman's take on it anyway). Throwing money at the problems we face is NOT the answer. We've tried it, over and over again, on state and federal levels, and it has simply not worked. What we need to do is roll up our sleeves and work on these problems ourselves. Better people make better communities. We shouldn't expect others to do for us what we are too short-sighted or unwilling to do for ourselves.
Throw money away, if you like. No matter how much you give, they will ALWAYS want more. I say make them do their jobs like the rest of us, and make do with what they already get. Hey I gotta go. Taxman's at the door.