And you think the Super Committee had problems… I talked last week with Tom Eckelberry who is the president of the Harrod, Ohio (pop. 400), Village Council. Harrod is one of a handful of towns that don’t assess a tax on resident incomes. However, that’s about to change. At a public hearing about this, some 30 rather upset residents showed up to air their concerns. (Read: They didn’t want to be taxed more.) Amidst the vocal protest hub bub, Eckelberry offered a creative “compromise solution.” There’d be a new tax (1%). However, after city expenses were met each year — there’d be a rebate to residents out of what wasn’t used. The residents thought this was a fair compromise. Amazing… This small town village council president was able to come up with an extremely common sense approach that worked. Yet these high profile politicians in D.C., with all these supposed smarts, ended up: stymied. Incidentally, it’s the Tom Eckelberrys of the country who we want to take to D.C. with us.