"The model of governments, from the federal government down to municipal governments, don't work anymore," according to Chuck Fowler, chairman of City Committee, an alliance of local businesspeople set up by Paige.
"They don't take in as much money. They can't possibly provide the same amount of services, pay their employees, pay their pensions. Something's got to give."
Fowler believes that the solution may be in weaning people off of government services.
"The larger the government is, the more conditioning with certain people that they don't need to take personal responsibility of their life," he said.
The budget cuts, according to Fowler, "could really recondition people's ideas about what government should be doing."
"Should it be doing all of these things, or should it really be focused on the vital things that clearly have a public interest?"
I don't miss Colorado Springs' special, moron-driven brand of local politics.
On the other hand, I miss Boriello Brothers. I'll be back.
UPDATE: Holy crap! The brothers Boriello have eight locations! When I left, I knew of only one. There's no place like home, there's no place like home, there's no place like home....