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Politicianís to-do list

Posted: Thursday, Mar 20th, 2014

Iím not running for any public office, so I guess I can be one of our loudest complainers. You donít have to be smart to know that there is but a short time left to prepare for the train wreck of this nation Ė you just have to be slightly aware. Ourcountry hasnít solved any of the serious problems of the past 30 years and they wonít in the near future either. Not without the gnashing of teeth.

We canít change the big picture, but maybe we can at least agree on a few things concerning where we live. Hereís what I think.

1). Every government agency in this area spends too much money and they always have. Whatís done is done, but we can darn sure worry about our future. Examples: We presently have talk of a new million-dollar clubhouse at the golf course, new living quarters at the fairgrounds, new street lighting in Pinedale and new cars at the sheriffís department at 72,000 miles. The Game and Fish wants more money for licenses, and the Forest Service and BLM always seem to have new stuff. We dare not talk about their pensions. All government agencies are always in a predicament and they always want more money.

2). Meanwhile, the common people who are not employed by the government endure even more suffering in their pocketbook, trying to pay the 100 or so taxes and all the license fees that are truly just another tax.

3). They should never again ask the taxpayers in our county and towns to pay even more taxes or float new bonds or new anything. They have simply have had too much money slip through their fingers to expect even more from the taxpayers.

4). Give taxpayers a break by figuring out ways to lower their tax bills. Yes, I've heard all the reasons you can't lower the property tax rate, for instance, but do it anyway. You have dozens of taxes you can work on. Do it.

5). Figure out how to give everyone who lives here a break on their propane and natural gas bills. We are the center of the natural gas universe. Elected officials need to figure out a way to make this happen. It should become a drawing card presented by our local chamber of commerce. Have meetings.

6). Consider rebuilding the old power plant or better yet build a small natural gas power plant to serve our county and lower our power bills. Warren Buffet and his PacifiCorp will get along without us. The truth is, in the event of a national crisis of the power grid, the cities will get our allocation anyway. You heard it here.

7). Consider that many of your older citizens are trying to get by on Social Security and small pensions. The younger people, bless their hearts, are mystified on how to begin their lives in a system that demands so much in payments. I'm mystified.

I am not a Catholic, but Pope Francis said ďwe need to ensure that humanity is served by wealth and not ruled by it.Ē Maybe that should be the golden rule of government spending.

For the complete article see the 03-21-2014 issue.

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