from February 2012, Culture
It pains me to watch the political process in Klamath Falls and Klamath County. I am constantly amazed how government always seems to be short on funding. It doesn't matter what the issue is, the solution is inevitably that government just needs a little more money. Add a fee here or support a levy there. If it is a bold measure then government officials will dare to call it a tax. Whether one is talking about Public Safety, Public Health, Education, Tourism or Economic Development — the solutions are always the same: government needs more money from those they serve.
The reason this mantra is repeated is not because it is the only solution a particular problem, but because it is the easiest solution. It is easy to say, "We need just a little more more money to fund programs X, Y or Z." On the other hand, it is far more difficult to say, "We will cut back on programs A, B or C in order to fund X, Y or Z." To sell the idea of raising fees, levies or taxes for the city or county is second nature to the masterminds and central planners. To them this thinking comes as natural as breathing.
Why does government get a free pass? Why doesn't government first need to show beyond a reasonable doubt that they are spending the public's money in an effective and efficient manner? For example,
Today's Herald and News has two front page headlines read,
Main Headline: “Our lives depend on the river”
Sub Headline: “We were taught to be ashamed of who we are”
Here is the liberal bias of the Herald and New's editorial desk front and center. Neither of these headlines report news. Instead the front page becomes the editorial page telling a story from a particular perspective — a liberal one.
What if I were to say that as a conservative I can make those exact same claims? They only differences would be I wouldn't get my picture on the front page of the Herald and News, and I wouldn't get my story told properly. I too depend on the river — for fish, for affordable power, for agriculture and more. I could argue I depend on the river as much or far more than the perspective the editors chose to portray. I also could claim as a white male that I have been taught to be ashamed of who I am. White, male and of European descent is equivalent to unadulterated evil for the liberal. The only way to assuage that guilt, to rid of the sin, is to give back and restore everything to the way it once was — in a time when men were supposedly more at peace with the land and nature at large.
Why are there eight people running for County Commissioner and seven for County Sheriff?
It's like looking through a new deck of playing cards. Of course I'm talking about the seemingly record number of people running for public office. If you didn't know better, you'd think our community was filled with really public servant minded people. What a lovely community.
But, we know better.
There are many reasons people run for public office and far be it for me to assume I know exactly all the reasons why any of these people is running for public office. That said, there is one factor that can't be overlooked: our sad economy. If I told you there were three jobs available, two starting at either $68,000 and the other at $74,000, plus great medical and retirement benefits, plus a near guarantee of four years before your first review, prestige from many in the local community and offices in Klamath Falls, you'd probably say, "Sign me up now."