City Desk

The Needle: No New Taxes Edition

All Your Budget Are Belong to Us: All the tax talk up on Capitol Hill must be contagious. The D.C. Council approved a plan to close this year's $188 million budget deficit without raising taxes on anyone, defeating one plan that would have had millionaires paying more, and another that would have raised rates for the whole District. Instead, the council will furlough city employees for four days and cut social service programs. Downright Scrooge-like. -4

Bye Bye, Brickskeller?: One of D.C.'s oldest beer bars may be closing up soon. Reports haven't been confirmed officially yet, but it sounds like The Brickskeller will be sold, with its name changed in the process. Sure, the chances that the bar would actually have in stock whatever obscure beer you ordered off its menu weren't great. But any time an institution closes shop, it's a shame. -3

Pay Up, Albert: The Washington Redskins season began with drama over how much of a $21 million bonus the team would have to pay mascot defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth, who didn't want to go along with a shift to a new formation. In the end, they paid him all of the bonus, and the way the season's unfolded, Haynesworth may have been right to resist the new defensive scheme. But now the year's close to ending, and with more Fat Albert drama: the team suspended Haynesworth for four games, costing him $847,000 in paychecks. The only downside here is that means there won't be any more opportunities to watch him lie down on the field while an opposing quarterback coasts to a touchdown. +2

Cloudy With a Chance of Bugs: If the cold wasn't dreary enough, just wait—it turns out any warming trend is bad news, too. Because warmer temperatures will unleash a plague of stinkbugs of Biblical proportions. Evidently, the creatures burrow into homes during warm falls, then hibernate during cold spells. Which means the best bet now is to pray for Siberian winds to descend. -2

Yesterday's Needle rating: 47 Today's score: -7 Today's Needle rating: 40

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  • Typical DC BS

    Now if the City Council would only "share the pain" and cut their own salaries and staffing costs by 10%, I'd say they actually understood how bad things are.

  • Rick Mangus

    Stop spending OUR MONEY on bullshit projects like street cars, urban art programs, outside studies, summer jobs for youth, and new stadiums projects! I'm waiting for these clowns to tap that bag tax fund to close this budget gap!

  • ThomDC

    Rick Mangus - even a Scrooge like you must admit that the flourishing banner initiatives are proving to be a much needed lifeline to neighborhoods crushed under the boot heel of tedium which are denuded light standards.

    DC is lost in a time warp of dated, meaningless, neighborhood designations; Petworth, Fort Totten, Shaw, NOMA, etc., etc., etc. Its time to step to the plate and acknowledge the new order and appropriately mark the new designations so that residents can once again bask in pride about their district.

    Once people have PRIDE again they will willingly fork over large percentages of their net worth to the cabal of cronies downtown and it won't have to be delivered under the cover of brown paper taxi cash stuffed baggies.

    I for one look forward to the day when district residents play, work, and love under gaily festooned light poles in the new "Mid-City Arts District", "Places from Which You Can see the Douglas Development Sign District" and the new kid of the blocks "NOG-BAD" (North of Georgetown Burleith Adjacent).

    Get with the program Rick, bannering is a movement whose time came in the mid 80s!

  • Indeed

    THOM,

    You must work for the department of planning, because no one else gives a shit about "branding." Such things are done only for the benefit of businesses. Individuals and communities don't want planners to tell them what they should call their neighborhood.

  • noodlez

    IM WITH TEAM HAYNESWORTH. EVEN THOUGH HE COULD HAVE DONE A BETTER JOB HANDLING THIS WHOLE SHITUATION.

    I HATE MIKE SHANNAHAN! HE REALLY NEEDS TO GET OVER HIMSELF. HE CAN NOT COACH!

    YOU TAKE AWAY THE ELWAY YEARS AND HIS RECORD IS SOME SHIT IN ONE OF THE WEAKEST DIVISIONS IN FOOTBALL WHILE HE WAS THERE. IN HIS SPECIALITY WHICH IS OFFENSE WE ARE ABYSSMAL STATISTICALLY AND WITH REGARD TO THE EYE TEST WE LOOK LIKE DCPS STUDENTS UNDER RHEE. HE TOTALLY DISRESPECTED JCAMP WHO IS MUCH BETTER THAN MCBADD AT THIS STAGE IN HIS CAREER. ARRRGGGHHHHHH!!!!!

    HOW CAN YOU COME IN AND MARGINALIZE ONE THE TOP DLINEMAN IN THE LEAGUE BY NOT PLAYING HIM THE RIGHT WAY AND HUMILIATING HIM.

    ON TOP OF THAT TOTALLY IMPODE ONE OF THE NFL'S BEST DEFENSES. WHAT MAKES IT SO BAD WE ARE DEAD LAST IN TOTAL DEFENSE AND RANK IN THE BTM OF BASICALLY EVERY STATISTICAL CATEGORY IN THIS FAKE ASS 3-4.

  • Mike Madden

    Oh, come on noodlez -- I think Shanahan's as much of a bozo as you do, but Haynesworth got paid more money than you or I will ever see in our lives to... sit around. Guys I actually feel sorry for on the Redskins' pathetic defense are guys like London Fletcher, Brian Orakpo, LaRon Landry, DeAngelo Hall, Rocky McIntosh -- the ones who actually go out and make plays.

  • noodlez

    i'm w/ya on 2nd half of comment!

  • Anonymous

    How on earth do you mismanage 68.25 square miles DC? One word. Malfeasance!!!!

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