The late great columnist/author/economist Henry Hazlitt wrote an interesting book titled “The Conquest of Poverty.” In it, he postulated that those who take more in government benefits than they pay in taxes should be disqualified from voting and from holding public office. Why? Because this created a conflict of interest, as those who feed at the trough have every incentive to enlarge it. Ultimately, he said, this would weaken our economy and undermine our prosperity. Fast forward a couple decades, and today, direct government costs are some 48% of our total economy, and regulations add around 14% more. So the REAL cost of government is zeroing in on 2/3 of our economy, and the economy basically sucks.
Whereas the city of La Crosse has now had three straight years of no tax increases under the leadership of Mayor Harter, who at the same time was dealing with a recalcitrant city council;
And whereas the local Citizens for Responsible Government (CRG) group is convinced a city administrator, at great cost to the city, could do no better;
And whereas the Common Council noted with great emphasis that they cut everywhere possible, (which would suppose that would leave absolutely no room for ANY amount of expense for consideration of a city administrator), in overriding the Mayor’s veto of the budget;
And whereas CRG believes that the city is already top heavy with supervisory personnel and burdened with the accompanying administrative costs in salary and fringe benefits;
Monday, November 21, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
On Sunday, November 20, the La Crosse Tribune reported that Governor Walkers Budget Repair Bill cost La Crosse County $300,000. This calculation was attributed to County Administrator Steve O’Malley.
I heard on NPR (National Propaganda Radio) that the downfall and killing of Libyan leader Muammar Ghaddafi was a great public relations coup for the Obama administration. Less than 48 hours after that program came word from the Libyan rebels that they intend to institute Sharia law in Libya. Could it be that we have gone from the proverbial frying pan into the fire? Methinks the great public relations coup is somewhat tarnished by this new development. Recall that before the hostilities heated up, our CIA and military were working with these rebels, who were known to be influenced by al Quaida and the Muslim Brotherhood, before the US and NATO bombings softened the resistance of loyalist forces. So is this result so surprising?
I wonder, was this-Sharia law- part of the plan from the beginning? And SHOULD we be involved in civil wars in other countries?
Recently I had the opportunity to look at the new congressional districts map. I noticed the significant changes right away. Northern Juneau County, the most conservative area in the county, went to District 8, where Republican Congressman Sean Duffy replaced long time Congressman, Democrat David Obey. Northern parts of Congressional District 3, St. Croix and Vilas counties, all areas with a conservative voting history, also became part of District 8. Adams county came over from District 6, and areas including heavily Democrat Wisconsin Rapids and Stevens Point came from District 8 to become part of Democrat Ron Kind’s District 3. This is an obvious ploy to secure the seat of Sean Duffy, but at what expense? When you add it all up, I think the Republicans of the Third have just as much reason to be upset as the Democrats of the Eighth. Despite having been hauled before the Government Accountability Board twice during the campaign, and despite running a more personality based than an issues based campaign, Republican Congressional Candidate Dan Kapanke came within a whisker of defeating long time incumbent Kind. Now that opportunity, if not lost altogether, is made much more difficult. So to secure ONE seat, the Republican legislature has forfeited the opportunity to have both seats.