Sheriff, DA press Mesa County commissioners on budget

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The behavior of DA Hautzinger and Sheriff Hilkey clearly demonstrate the “we/they” mindset of far too many people in government.
In hard times, private businesses downsize, quit or go bankrupt. In polar contrast, in hard times (aka “decreasing tax revenues”), government inevitably wants to raise the rate of taxation to retain the good deals to be found in their little fiefdoms.
My dear deceased maternal grandmother was 100% correct when she said any person who is receiving any money from government in any way (whether via welfare, paycheck, or contract work) should not be allowed to vote. I think she got that idea from her furniture-store-owner father, but wherever it came from, the idea is profoundly wise.
The private sector (aka “Makers”) makes things of use to humans and sells them in a coercion-free marketplace consisting of willing buyers and willing sellers. Call the Makers group A. The government sector (aka “Takers”) uses the force/coercion/violence of law to take (aka steal) under the guise of taxation a certain percentage of what the Makers make. Call the Takers group B.
In simpler times, more honest U.S. Supreme Court majorities said, “A law that … takes property from A. and gives it to B: It is against all reason and justice, for a people to entrust a Legislature with SUCH powers; and, therefore, it cannot be presumed that they have done it.” ~ Calder v Bull, 3 U.S. (3 Dallas) 386 (1798). “To lay with one hand the power of the government on the property of the citizen, and with the other to bestow it upon favored individuals to aid private enterprises and build up private fortunes, is none the less a robbery because it is done under the forms of law and is called taxation. This is not legislation. It is a decree under legislative forms.” ~ Citizens’ Savings & Loan Ass’n v. City of Topeka, 87 U.S. 655 (1874).
In a morally valid free society, group A (non-government citizens) must be allowed to determine how much money they can VOLUNTARILY afford to spend on the stupid-human pecking order best known by the deceptive euphemism “government”. It is a self-evidently unsustainable and immoral paradigm/model for group B to have a vote as to how much of A’s labor will be forcibly stolen to support B. (Yes, and since I am now, at the age of 69, receiving Soc Sec and Medicare, I should not be allowed to vote.) Obviously there is less incentive to work if you can just vote to steal the “other guy’s” labor.
Never forget: an economy is like a giant wagon with riders and pullers. As one by one the pullers see that the riders have a more cushy deal, they peel off and become riders themselves until the wagon eventually stops, at which time the only solution is to tip the wagon over, dump out all the riders, and start over.
I say let Hautzinger and Hilkey,(and all those of the same mindset) become burger flippers if they are so dissatisfied with their cushy government deals.

In no way should my previous remarks be construed to denigrate or belittle the basic humanity of Mssrs. Hautzinger and Hilkey. My remarks are intended solely to be a serious intellectually honest discussion about the harsh realities of the actual mechanics and gravitational forces involved in such Economics-101-related situations as the current global monetary crisis and the attendant Second Great Depression it is steering us toward.
The tentacles of such crises inevitably involve the local levels of so-called “ordered” society. The problem is caused primarily by a general apathetic-citizenry-tolerated centralized control of society in the evil hands of a duopoly cartel of criminals who are professionally skilled at lying, obfuscation and making false promises of “freebies” which are fatally attractive to low-information voters in an immoral culture of entitlement to live off the “other guy’s” labor. (Yes, that includes transnational corporations every bit as surely as unwed welfare mothers.)
The solution is to be found in radical decentralization and making and trading things of value to humans at the local level. The alternative, according to some of those who are ideologically friendly to the so-called “Austrian School” of economics is at least a generation of mass deprivation and suffering somewhere along the lines of 50% unemployment. Either that, or a fascistic Orwellian takeover of every aspect of human society by the Lex-Luthorian global oligarchy and the onset of a New Dark Ages not dissimilar to those perpetrated by such despots as Adolph Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong, Pol Pot, etc.

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