Conservative News & Commentary

Apr 10, 2015 — by: J. Madison
Categories: Economics, Government

1940s-bank-robberLast night I had the opportunity to attend the Klamath County Republican Central Committee meeting. A gentleman spoke on reasons why we should vote no on both the Public Safety levy and the KBREC levy. It was an entertaining and informative talk.

What surprised me were two men who disagreed with the speaker’s point of view. During the question and answer session there was some discussion about how the county jail has been funded with Road Fund dollars and whether that was a good or bad idea going forward. One of the two gentlemen blurted out “We can’t continue to steal from the Road Funds.” Note, he is in favor of passing the Public Safety levy.

That comment stuck in my craw the wrong way until I realized why. This pro-Public Safety levy man was claiming it was wrong for the government to take money from one government account (set aside for a specific purpose, in this case roads) and use it for another government need (the jail). However at the same time he was perfectly fine taking money from my (personal) account to use on another government need (the jail). That’s when I had that “ah-ha” moment. What had bothered me was his hypocrisy, because if one action was stealing, then both actions were stealing. It just so happens that one scenario “steals” from a government account he wants to protect, but when “stealing” from my wallet — he could care less. “Hand it over”, in other words.

What was even more fascinating was the presentation started by talking about truth and then moved to contrasting socialism versus liberty before addressing each levy. During the socialism verses liberty part of the talk, one of the two men (who disagreed with the speaker) rudely blurted out “When are you going to talk about the levies?!?” Why I think this was fascinating was the fact that the man didn’t seem to listen or care about the fact that he was advocating the socialist side of the jail levy without even knowing it. He apparently knew what was best for everyone in the room and that was that. If you had an different opinion then that was too bad, you had to agree with him or else. He was the self-proclaimed expert, aka socialist.

So an “entertaining” evening at the Republican monthly meeting for sure. Just be sure the next time someone claims it is wrong to “steal” from one government account to pay for another government need, remember to point out that the same rule then must apply to our wallets and purses.


  1. Lisa ~ Apr. 10, 2015 @ 8:14 am

    Another fabulous editorial. You are absolutely correct on the socialism here. The jail or KBREC levy are all socialist money grabs. If you use KBREC pay for it yourself. We all know on the jail and that fiasco for more money. Then there is KCCC which will never have enough money either. For the life of me if there are 1000 people or more that want to give more money to the Jail or KBREC then they should just open their checkbook and pay for it. But for those of us on fixed income or that will never use any of these facilities leave us alone. I for one did not have any children yet I have been paying for schools for years. Poor planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part. Quit stealing from me!! #
  2. Fred Starkey ~ Apr. 10, 2015 @ 8:19 am

    You might want to read the "Broken Window" by F. Bastiat to the Socialist. Then read "The Law" by F. Bastiat. This should give you enough info to open his tiny mind. Have him define liberty. Then you will find out how ignorant this person really is. #
  3. Steve Souder ~ Apr. 10, 2015 @ 9:02 am

    I attended the Central Committee meeting also, I wanted to hear the presentation and hear and watch the response from those working for the Levy .The description of Socialist behavior as Liberty seekers was evident when The Levy people began to see there was opposition to more Taxes. I have said all along we have been fed misinformation and numbers to fit the need for more Sheriff's funding. There is far too much waste and no one wants to be remembered as one who suspended Bus service or shut down two schools or closed three satellite Libraries. The concept of Public Servants has been perverted to the point where they are the favored few. Who at Big R or Diamond Building supply or Jeld-Wen is building a social Security Account plus a PERS Retirement account plus a cost of living adjustment plus a very good health care package? There's more. Bottom Line it must stop! Let the Sheriff's dept. go on strike! Let County employee's strike. Most of the services provided by so called Public servants could be privatized and we'd be better off .Steve Souder...Conservative by Choice. PS if anyone wants to help with Printing up some flyers opposing the levy call me at 541-850-8342 #
  4. Carol Warren ~ Apr. 10, 2015 @ 12:42 pm

    J: You might want to put the link to back on the first page. I'd like to see it there before forwarding this to my friends. I was there last evening, and was really surprised at the rudeness of those two men. Why did they get so emotional? The presentation helped me decide to vote against the levy. (I was undecided) The levy needs to be re-presented to the people for $1,500,000. I'll support that #
  5. J. Madison ~ Apr. 11, 2015 @ 10:04 am

    Hi Carol. I would argue the levy does NOT need to be represented for $1.5 million. My belief is as long as the Sheriff's budget remains out of control, we will never be able to give enough. We will always be giving more and more and always be short. The REAL problem is a COST problem, not a revenue problem. Until the cost problem is fixed, we will just be like the mouse on the wheel chasing after the cheese, never able to ever get there and finally exhaust ourselves or die of starvation. #

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