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From LNC: Twenty or 30 years from now the people of Lincoln County maylook back on this week and thank the county commission for having the foresight and the courage to approve an ambitious plan to build nearly 90 miles of greenways and trails throughout the county for the enjoyment of all. Then again, they may wring their hands in despair at the tens of millions of dollars the plan cost and the debt they were saddled with because of that initial decision.
A trail and greenway plan is a nice idea, but who’s going to pay for it? You will. We all will. And so will our children and grandchildren.
County Commissioner Bruce Carlton objects to the trail plan for philosophical reasons, and his ideas have merit. He doesn’t believe that government – especially in this day and age – ought to be spending your hard-earned tax money – and the tax money of your children – on anything but the essentials.
One citizen at Monday night’s commission meeting unfurled a “Don’t Tread On Me” flag – a symbol of historic and modern-day concern about the involvement of the government in peoples’ lives, and nowhere is that intrusion more unsettling than taxes.
We don’t know about you, but we’ve had it up to here with taxes at all levels, and can’t afford to fork over another penny to feed the incessantly-hungry mouth of big government.
While we believe that we should all extend a helping hand to those who genuinely need it we can’t imagine the founding fathers of this nation ever envisioning such things as bank bailouts, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, unemployment compensation, Cash-For-Clunkers, Cash-For-Dishwashers, food stamps, and the list goes on and on. And do you think for a moment that the founders of Lincoln County ever envisioned spending tens of millions of dollars for greenways and trails?
The fact is that government is out of whack, out of touch, and out of control. We live in an entitlement society where too many people think the government (that is you and me) owe them something or has to be the Great Enabler for all things fuzzy and warm.
We have dug ourselves a government spending hole that gets deeper and darker every day, and it’s time for the people to demand that their elected leaders start following the will of the people by allowing them to keep more of the money they earned and stop giving it away to others or wasting it on anything but what is necessary to keep our nation safe and secure.
Bailout Era Is Close To Home
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