A member of the Times-Mirror editorial staff has suggested that the trailer mounted Tax Pig (Tax, as his friends know him) should just go away and never return. What a sad thought that is. Sure, Tax is dimensionally challenged and has to be left outside meetings, but he can’t help that. He has a purpose and he is real.
Perhaps whoever is suggesting Tax retire early does not appreciate what Tax has put in motion in his short career rooting out waste in Loudoun government, or worse, they understand his success and, for the wrong reasons wish to curtail his future endeavors.
Yes, Tax is a mobile 3D billboard with a plus size derriere, but isn’t it more important to focus on his accomplishments rather than his appearance? Just look at Chris Cristie, Tax’s hero, who shares Tax’s vision and proportions. Some would like to send Christie down the road too, but, like Tax, he is more about results than methods and image.
You see, when Tax came on the scene in Loudoun, little was known about Metro and it may well have stayed that way. But it did not. Tax with his cobalt blue cape, friendly eyes, and bold message became a visible part of a grassroots effort to bring the important questions surrounding Metro and its costs out into the sunlight.
For years Metro had been hyped as the cure to all the region’s transportation and economic needs. However, in the 20 some years that Tax’s arch rival, Scott York and company, has shepherded this project through its various channels, never was any movement made to put the cost onto the shoulders of the profiteers in the rail station areas. Tax pig played a role in shifting that imbalance 180 degrees to where now the promise is that those outside the special tax districts will not be shackled with the costs of Metro. Billions saved. Not bad for a first gig, aye?
It is a bit suspicious when the biggest messaging board in the county asks the competition to scram. Hopefully what Tax lacks in image and dignity, he more than makes up for with determination.
Unless the public, not the Times-Mirror, tells Tax to get lost, he will stay around. Tax will keep standing up for the little guy who is busy working to provide for his family. He’ll be on pork watch 24/7. Count on it.
Next time you see Tax on the road, hoink your horn to let him know he is loved, please.
PS: Bad guys be warned, kryptonite has no effect on Tax Pig.
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