Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 11:25 AM
At a recent Box Elder County commission meeting, Commissioner Tingey told me that it was a privilege to come before the commissioners. I responded, “It is a right.” This is America and citizens have the right to go before our elected representatives.
The county commissioners believe I am attacking them when I address their big government growth and spending. They recently stated, “Please speak to the commissioners as a group, do not speak to specific member(s) of the commission, staff or public.”
This is a violation of our right to freedom of speech. Our leaders need to remember they are “our employees,” not the other way around.
I see Box Elder County’s overall budget increased from $29 million to $31.6 million. Our local government is increasing in size, with a new mental health facility in Tremonton and a newly formed small business development center in Brigham. The government was never to be involved in our retirement, labor, education, recreation, entertainment, welfare, charitable programs, and all the other unconstitutional programs. When the government is involved, it is by force. We may choose not to participate in a government program but we cannot take money back out of the system, which results in the loss of your freedom and property.
The solution to our problems is to have elected representatives keep their oaths of office and uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution and the Utah Constitution; they continue to choose to ignore both.
We as citizens can stop asking for and participating in government services. Stop asking for money to support recreational activities. Brigham City just approved $35,000 for a pickleball court. If this pickleball group could raise 75 percent of the cost, why not raise all the costs and not force citizens to pay?
We may not be able to change our country on a federal or state level, but I believe we can affect change on a local level by more citizens getting involved and advocating for the reverse of big government and it’s spending. I encourage more citizens to get involved and help because we are losing our country from within.
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