What’s the best government way to solve our problems? Don’t

Craig Hall, Publisher

Craig Hall, Publisher

A few stories in the news have got me thinking about all the problems of the world and how our nation got to the point where only the selected elected have the ability to solve them. Isn’t that the basis for political elections anymore: To take someone’s problems; create a bunch of problems; or my favorite, take a problem that was or wasn’t a problem and make it worse and then run for office on the promise of making everything better?

Let’s face it, there are folks on both sides of the aisle who are “fighting for us,” “looking out for

hard-working Americans” and “making sure everyone is treated fairly.” Even if we came to the impossible conclusion all these things are indeed occurring, there’s a simple fact that everyone is missing. The process of solving people’s problems through government is patently unfair at its core. Why? Because no matter which side or which person the politician is solving the problem for, there’s a person, group of persons or entities whose problems are either not getting solved or are being made worse.

Look at the problem with Colorado and Mesa County in receiving payments in lieu of taxes (PILT). Everyone’s in a panic because these handouts weren’t part of the recently passed federal budget, er, continuing overspending resolution.

Now watch everyone from our esteemed senators and representatives to our state assembly folks to our local politicians “fight” to get back what’s rightfully ours. And therein lies the rub. If it is indeed rightfully ours, why do we have to get it back from the feds?

Because only a government solving land ownership problems by seizing land would create a program where it pays off states to maintain land it shouldn’t have in the first place. And only spineless state legislators would allow the land to be taken so they can get on the federal dole. The land should belong to the people as established in the Constitution so it could indeed be used for commerce and production that could (gasp) generate tax revenue. Otherwise, why are payments in lieu of taxes needed?

How about the constant news about Obamacare? Only the government would come up with a program to solve all of the insurance problems of our nation by creating a program in which people who were actually insured would be forced off their policies to become uninsured so they need Obamacare to create its own customer base. If you got lost there, I’ll give you the short version: The vast majority of folks who went to Obamacare websites to “sign up” were folks who lost their insurance due to Obamacare. There’s still no accurate information as to whether or not these same folks actually bought insurance, but there’s no question as to the reason they now need it.

I’ve also seen a few stories about how Colorado’s commitment to the alternative energy arena is a good thing for our economy. Forgetting the fact that this industry is beyond subsidized to even have a minimum survival rate, let’s look at it another way. The state has passed a law that requires power providers to get 30 percent of their energy from renewable sources while allowing the same power companies to charge their protected customer base the extra dollars required to make up the loss for getting power this way. Will “green” energy work in the future? I have no idea. But it’s unfair to make everyone pay for energy from more expensive sources or pay for their neighbor’s solar panels when they would not if they had a competitive choice.

And just in case you think I’m smoking something — and now that we have a law that says I can indeed smoke and type at the same time — let’s take a gander at the new pot law. While not arguing about the medicinal workings of marijuana because I know nothing about it, I’m sure there’s a minority of citizens who’ll benefit from this law because now they can smoke pot without breaking the law. Obviously there are people in other states as well who will enjoy shopping locally now. But the law was passed for two reasons: the majority of folks who smoke will continue to vote for their own interests and, more important, the government never met a hot seller it didn’t want to tax.

It’s simple. Every law passed in the nation either benefits or hurts some member of the citizenry. And truth be told, almost every law passed is the result of some special interest, person or group looking to benefit from government. And, yes, just about every politician fits into this category as well. But as long as we have politicians who believe they’re the ultimate problem solvers and were elected to do just that, we’re in trouble.

In case you haven’t noticed, every problem our government attempts to solve becomes a problem in perpetuity or dramatically worse. The founders had it right. They knew that solving problems was a key component in pursuing happiness.

 At one time, our leaders gave us freedom. Now our leaders hand out drugs and money.

Since June of 2000, Craig Hall has been the owner/publisher of the Grand Valley Business Times. He can reached at 970-424-5133 or publisher@thebusinesstimes.com
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