Last 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.