The progressives have always benefited from an opposition that is not only angry, but laughably stupid. It's easy to win elections and keep your voting bloc when the people looking to take it away from you are not considered serious adults capable of shaping public policy. The progressives could have lived on for decades had they thought to bend their idealism just a little here and there. This last budget at the city is where they should have bent.
The big story is that there's a new water tax... the tax that is only on commercial accounts - i.e. businesses. Businesses are owned by people. Most of the businesses in El Paso are owned by people in El Paso. Most of those business owners are very political. They make or break campaigns. They fund the machines that turn out the vote. If you don't have the business community, then you don't have a chance.
Instead of levying new taxes, the progressive bloc should have voted to cut personnel and services at the city. For some reason they are terrified of doing this. It's as if they don't think anyone can ever lose their job because their boss fails to take in as much they spend. It's the easiest solution and yet they find it so hard to implement.
Voters now have all the reason in the world to give the whackadoos a shot at holding office.
If you don't make the hard decisions, you'll be fired for making the easy ones.