Thursday, March 31, 2011

A WORD ON A MESSY DEAL

After looking at a lot of the bills produced by the legislature, it looks like the citizens for the most part were on the loosing end. Money was an issue, as well as education and they did surprisingly well on these two issues. But there were a number of feel good bills that were passed into law, that in the end will cost taxpayers even more. The process this year came under the microscope. For some this was thought to be something new, Speed bills through. but research tells a different story. This year was just the year, the legislators got caught on two very important issues, HB116 and HB 477. Citizens are angry and they have every right to be. Instead of solving some pretty serious problems, legislators took it upon themselves to make the problems worse. As a citizen I am still angry over the process and how it was done and when the actors were caught, their reaction.

The last word on HB 477:

Contrary to a popular belief by some, HB477 was a travesty of justice, not because people were as interested in reading e-mails and text messages as legislators would have you believe, but HB477 was the beginning of the end for citizens to have access to all the records, past and current. The law passed, signed by the Governor and later done away with, was a smoke screen for the real reason, a frontal assault on the ability of Citizens to know. It was also the beginning of the empowerment of local government to follow the legislature and choke the life out of the ability of local citizens to have access.

A thought on the Legislature:

Can it be said, that Representative Lockhart is any different than Nancy Pelosi? Can it be said, that Senator Waddoups is any different than Harry Reid? All four participated in ramming forward legislation that had not been read by those who were going to be voting on it. It was almost the same in the Utah Legislature as in the Congress in Washington. “We need to approve it, so we can find out what is in it.”
The Utah Legislature has demonstrated they are no different than elected leaders on the National Level, except, the Republicans were the heroes in Health Care Legislation and here at home, it was the Democrats who voted no. Our State Legislature was disgustingly simple minded to believe, they were able to pull this off without a whimper from anyone. they were willing to vote for a bill they had neither read nor had an Idea what was in it and admitted to their acts of commission, and were more than willing to dismiss the publics right to know with the wave of a hand.

A wise man once wrote: “Unprincipled men and women of power, when caught, always believe that apologies for their corruption is sufficient.”

Now the State Legislature has been caught, how many times have the citizens heard the word “sorry”. From the Governor who complained about the bill, but signed it anyway and from members of the House and the Senate comes a symphony of “Sorry”. Some are defiant still, and they are not sorry at all. Their sorry comes because they have been caught.
Many God fearing people know there is a difference between Godly sorrow and Worldly sorrow. Godly sorrow says, I will never do it again and the reason for my sorrow is I made a mistake and recognize it and caught it myself and offer no excuse. Worldly sorrow says, “I am sorry, because you caught me. And since I have been caught, let me fill your ear with the excuses and I will be much wiser the next time, so I will not be caught so easily.”
Citizens can figure out which “sorry” we are hearing now.

For people of principle, standing for those principles that are espoused on other days of the week is just plain everyday living. To suggest that somehow, during the week you are one thing and then are elected to the Legislature you are allowed to become something else, is ludicrous. One can only hope, that come the next election, instead of looking at party, political experience and all the other measurements that come into play, the electorate will look for principle.
It has been said, that when there is a dearth of principle, by those we voted into office, we are likely to get what we deserve

Sunday, March 13, 2011

WHERE IS THE END?

Recent discussions by a number of citizens in the valley, has led invariably to a debate on the question: Are citizens in the Heber Valley over taxed?
This leads to another question: How flush with tax dollars is Wasatch County, Heber City, Midway City and the Wasatch School District?
Rumors on that subject, for years have followed these organizations and they have done little to prove the rumors to be wrong.
The people of the valley are coming to the realization, there is a shortage of frugal officials with fiscal sense.
In recent years, it has become clear, the line separating “needs” and “wants” has almost become blurred, and it has not helped, that citizens have voted, not with transparency or accountability in mind, but based more on affiliations, family relationships and geographic concerns
Such allowances have empowered those with visions of grandeur, seeking power, political influence and employment at taxpayers expense, to enter office. And like a pest, once in, getting them out is next to impossible.

In recent years, some elected officials, along with entrenched appointed officials, have spent millions on pet projects, further obligating current and future generations into a cesspool of debt and unknown responsibilities.
And with all of this debt, now comes the promise makers, with a jovial back slap and a promise of future wealth. Agencies and organizations are now approaching tax supported organizations looking for a hand out, a transfusion by your tax dollars, to provide salvation in an effort to forestall the evitable.
In the business world, if you operate for a number of years and cannot produce a profit, there are at least two things that happen. The first, you go out of business. In the real world, there are no such things as businesses too big to fail or of such great importance that even though dead, we pretend they are still alive. The second thing that happens, is the board of directors, or the stock holders demand a change in the leadership.
It is amazing, how year after year, those in charge of taxpayer dollars, continue to fund with outright gifts or loans, enterprises that for a number of reasons, can not or will not make the necessary changes to fly on their own.
Never asking for evidence in black and white of their need. Never asking them to produce results, thereby ending such handouts.
This year is not going to be much different. The merchants of deception will make presentations to your elected officials with the promise of stupendous returns and multipliers, that one dollar of assistance will equate to thousands of dollars brought to the community and such benefits just cannot be measured by mere mortal men.

Elected officials must understand, the fact they have access to your tax dollars, is not an indication they can spend them on a fraud or a wink and a nod.
We are approaching spring, do not be surprised at the groups that will be making the rounds, seeking your tax dollars with the invisible promises of unmeasurable returns.
Supporting the activities in our valley, does not mean and never has, been the reason to spend tax dollars to prop up agencies and organizations.
If they are unable or unwilling to run on their own, then let them die. And for politicians who believe it is their mission in life to support such agencies and organizations, let them know how you feel and remind them, their disregard of reality will be a real issue in the next election and perhaps the reason they are in the spotlight now.