from February 2013, Government
One thing you have to admit, Liberals are a patient lot. Liberalism didn't just appear in America one day. Instead, slowly but steadily Liberalism has been advancing the cause of an all powerful state, an irrelevant church, and the subservient individual.
A popular tactic of the Left is called incrementalism. It is a slippery slope that gets the public to buy into a liberal idea — but slowly over time. Incrementalism typically ties itself to an emotional or compassionate cause (we need to help the needy, the children, the elderly, etc). The way incrementalism works is similar to boiling a frog. If a frog were placed into boiling pot of water, the frog naturally reacts by immediately jumping out of the pot containing certain death. However, if you place a frog into cool water and slowly over time warm the water to a state of boiling, the frog will never know what has happened until it is too late.
In Klamath County we see this playing out with the County School Bond Measure soon before us. The plea is "Just a little bit more". Even though the County and City school districts receive nearly $100 million each year (that's nearly $1 Billion spent on public education in our county in just 10 years), they will be asking you for just a little bit more: a mere 53¢ per $1,000 on property taxes. That sounds harmless enough. This blog has several reasons to be against this bond measure, but this post looks at what's happening incrementally.
In May 2013 Klamath County residents will face a ballot measure asking whether the Klamath County School District should be allowed to borrow $31 million to build a school and do capital improvements on current structures. The proponents of this measure will claim the virtues of supporting our schools. They will claim how it is wrong to send children to "shacks" instead of nice buildings to attend class. Furthermore, they claim the community will be better off with a new building, and how this will foster a sense of pride. This pride will translate into those outside the county reconsidering Klamath County. And once it is discovered how modern the school buildings in Klamath County are, people will begin moving their families into the area. Indeed, what a wonderful world this will be!
Unfortunately, this fantasy world quickly falls apart when facts are introduced, and we consider the real reasons why people and families move. While education may be a factor in deciding to move a family from one location to another, there are more important factors families consider before moving. There is the larger family to consider — will they be farther away from Aunts and Uncles, Cousins and Grandparents if they move to Klamath? There is the weather to consider — some people don't do well in snow or colder climates. But mostly there are economic issues to consider — by moving will the family be in the same, a worse or a better economic situation? While every family will weight these questions differently, the majority of people put economics first. If moving means a loss to a standard of living, it is a good bet the move will not take place.
Guest article by Finnious T. Fogbottom
To the current Klamath County Commissioners,
I agree with your stance against the KBRA and related issues. To understand your position one need only look at how the integrity of the National Academy of Sciences, Dr. Paul Houser and seven or so Federal biologist was savagely maligned because they refused to support a set of indefensible dirty tricks and unscientific falsehoods. How could they be forced to call it science anyway when there are no (acknowledged) Basin deep core samples hanging around: Samples that would have established a reliable scientific baseline as to the true hydrologic etc. etc. etc. history of this disturbingly and darkly coveted region?
Heck, if they just went along with it all and then got busted they’d just be promoted in one way or another like the Hair of the Lynx Hoax folks. So their stand agaisnt the safe, lazy and easy path makes them true American heroes!
If you consider yourself a fiscal conservatives, then go to the Herald and News website. I have been involved in a spirited, yet calm and reasonable discussion about the upcoming $31 Million School Bond Measure. I'd ask that you read the article, PAC makes case for $31M for schools, then read the comments — from the bottom to the top (that's how they are chronologically ordered).
Here’s The Challenge
Stand up and join the discussion by making a comment. As fiscal conservatives we should be demanding better from our education system, not just dumping more money into a broken one. I'm working hard here, but it will take us all together to make a real difference. If we do nothing and say nothing then we truly are nothing but a grumbling, complaining people.
Instead let's make our voices be heard in the public square. Let's show a new way to better education using free market, conservative principles. The socialistic, monopolistic, corrupt school system is broken and now is our opportunity to show the public a better way, a more prosperous way. But first we must stop the status quo. We must say no to any more money going to a system that produces 73% (County) and 57% (City) graduation rates.
The Klamath County League of Women Voters are petitioning to change County Commissioner positions from being partisan to nonpartisan. The exact question they are asking to be put on the ballot is
"Should all county commissioner positions become nonpartisan beginning in 2013?"
According to their editorial in the Herald & News, the League of Women Voters believe that the current process is "unfair." The way they are using the term unfair is to mean they can't do what they want to do — have more of an impact on the primary system than they do now. If you look at the article, our colleague A. Smith has done a nice job explaining why using the term unfair in this way is dishonest (as is their entire public reasoning). You can view his commentary here.