Editorial: We must face the harsh reality of government spending

Kelli Cook, Publisher, The Golden Hammer

Despite the promises of “reform”, “fiscal responsibility”, and “conservativism”, there’s a harsh reality to the governance we’ve suffered from both political parties during the past five decades. That reality is that government primarily serves its own hunger for more tax dollars to keep it afloat.

When citizens dare question spending increases proposed within annual budgets, government has always spent its near-infinite resources to find justification for the increase. Citizens who oppose government spending growth, which, after five decades of observation, is tantamount to an enormous loss of freedom, must face vast seemingly unlimited resources deployed in favor of spending increases.

Just look back on the argument Precinct 2 Montgomery County Commissioner Charlie Riley made when he ran for re-election in 2018. Grassroots conservatives challenged the extraordinary high level of County Commissioner salaries, now at approximately $175,000 per year with another $70,000 in lucrative benefits. Riley argued, “If I agreed to lower my salary, wouldn’t that mean I was doing a bad job?” In reality, the answer is a resounding “no” but establishment forces are now so heavily vested in the growth of government that Riley could feel safe in making such a downright stupid declaration.

Why do taxpayers not protest overspending, such as the salaries of elected officials, in Montgomery County? Government has built the perfect barrier between accountability to the citizens and government largesse. That barrier comes in the form of County government vendors who contribute hundreds of thousands of dollars to give irrational and otherwise unpopular politicians, such as Riley, the financial means to win elections despite his grossly unpopular positions, which largely enrich himself along with those same County government vendors.

In today’s edition of The Golden Hammer, there’s an article about the free-for-all of spending which will occur during the January 14 Commissioners Court meeting. The article is “Commissioners Court to go on wild tax dollar spending spree on January 14; will it ever end?” The Golden Hammer, January 14, 2020.

As long as citizens allow County vendors to control elections while buying loyalty from the politicians who meet their liking, government will never be “of the people.” Rather, the County government will continue to grow government spending, while shielding itself from sincere and concerned citizens who seek to replace taxation with greater freedom from government enormity.

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