Editorial: Historical Commission folly illustrates principle that government does badly whatever government does (other than 2 exceptions)

Conservative economist Milton Friedman would hold his head at how far Montgomery County’s government has gone from conservative principles.

Eric Yollick, The Golden Hammer

The Montgomery County Historical Commission illustrates the principle that government does badly whatever government does (besides law enforcement and national defense). Sorry, all of the accolades the government-run local historical commission has received from other state-sponsored organizations doesn’t impress. The Soviet Historical Commission bragged about the same honors as it reported what it claimed was the historical truth that the United States started World War I.

In the July 24, 2018, meeting of the Montgomery County Commissioners Court, ultra-liberal County Judge Craig Doyal, Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley, and Precinct 1 Mike Meador will vote to put Alexus Sham, a pro-immigration, anti-Trump, pro-Obamacare, liberal democrat on the Montgomery County Historical Commission. It’s unclear whether Sham moved here in 2013 or 2016, but the Commission members claim he writes well and will be able to assist with grant applications and historical plaque designations. So what. There are tens of thousands of individuals in this community who write well and who reflect the values of the community far better a lawyer who brags that he helps individuals get immigration green cards through marriage.

That’s the problem with government-run organizations of that sort. The Historical Commission members frown upon The Golden Hammer‘s reporting of this issue with a shake of the head and the argument “How can you oppose history?”

Balderdash!

By accepting government money to fund a historical organization and by turning the study of history into a state-run cooperative, the Commissioners Court and the Commission have turned history into a burden to taxpayers. If the work of the Historical Commission is so valuable to the citizens of Montgomery County, then the Commission should raise private funds to support itself. By doing so, the Historical Commission can put a whole team of liberal democrats on its board of directors and then examine how well such action will engender community financial support.

The Historical Commission has turned history into an establishment political game. Rather than reaching out to the community for financial support, the Historical Commission has engaged in backroom political dealing to get its budget from the public fisc.

There are many non-governmental organizations that provide great community services and don’t take one dime of government funds. Those organizations must take great care to place individuals on their boards who will appeal to the citizens of Montgomery County for fundraising. Sadly, the Historical Commission has turned itself into a caricature of a true charitable organization. It celebrates its accolades before the Commissioners Court – for money – rather than with the public to which it should turn. It finds funding from County taxpayers who aren’t given the choice of whether to support that “charity” but rather are the victims of “forced charity” (also known as “taxation”). Realizing how immune it is from community oversight, the Commission feels free to place anyone on its board, as long as that person appeals to the ultra-liberal control faction on the Commissioners Court.

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