The best time to stop a taxpayer shakedown or ward off
the expansion of government is at the front end…
when folks are running for office.
Most often, the tone and direction of all local government is set by those at the helm of the largest municipality in a county. These local leaders sometimes aspire to higher office, such as the state legislature, or they work with special interests to influence state legislation. Historically, these local officials take the popular and politically correct road to join with special interest groups to pass bond elections – inevitably and predictably – for “the children” or for “the good of the community”, but when it comes to holding folks accountable for the results, the local cheerleaders are nowhere to be found, silent.
But where has all that warm and fuzzy promotion of debt landed us? Answer – on the hook for a whole heck of a lot of debt! Of the 10 largest states in the nation, Texas’ local debt per person is the second highest, behind New York ($8,744) and ahead of these big-spending states: California ($6,469), Illinois ($5,510), and Michigan ($4,853). [Source: Texas Public Policy Foundation]
Did you hear us? Texas is second in the nation when it comes to the heaviest load of local government debt per person. That’s right! We are behind New York, but ahead of California!
How did we get here? We got here because traditional Republican Primary voters – supposedly the most liberty-minded and most conservative people in our midst – do not vote in local school board and city elections, or in bond elections.
Add all this local debt to the almost $18 trillion federal debt and somebody, somewhere has a big old bill coming due. Will the economic engines of liberty be firing enough to pay this? Will there be enough small businesses left to generate the growth and prosperity – the jobs – to pay the bills?
This is precisely why the future mayor for the City of Tyler is important. The City of Tyler has zero general obligation debt. Will it stay that way? Will the next Tyler Mayor champion any much-needed community reforms? Will the next mayor support the continuation of using the city’s half-cent sales tax to pay cash for infrastructure and not for economic development “incentives”? Will the next mayor have something to say about holding elected officials accountable to the same standards “we the people” are held to when it comes to city law enforcement?
For those of you who do not live inside the city limits, but shop (pay sales tax), work in Tyler, own property in Tyler, or live in the city’s extra-territorial jurisdiction (five miles from the city limits) you are also affected by the city’s policies/ordinances/practices.
Political races are important because they influence public policy. Grassroots America strongly advocates policies that protect taxpayers, steward the people’s resources, limit the size and scope of government, promote individual liberty, encourage freedom in the marketplace (not corporate welfare or cronyism), and meet public needs with greater cost/service efficiency and accountability; hence, we’ll look closely at the Tyler mayor and council race..
Men and women of goodwill at times disagree on the solutions to the issues facing us. That debate is both healthy and necessary in a representative republic; however, this is not the 1990s. Local government races cannot be popularity contests, nor can we allow them to be trivialized by some local authorities and commentators who seem to believe we still live in Mayberry. We live in a different world today. Governance MUST be judged on the basis of limited government – government restrained to its core functions. Governance must also be judged on how the leaders treat individual liberty – our First and Second Amendment rights and our private property rights.
Stay on the watch. Come out to support Grassroots America this Thursday evening.
Thursday, March 27: Candidate Forum with Tyler Mayoral Candidates
District 4 City Councilman Martin Heines and business-owner Joel Rando have confirmed participation.
The public is welcome to attend.
Location: Lakeview Church of the Nazarene, 10818 University Blvd. (Spur 248), Tyler.
Doors open at 6 PM. Program and questioning of the candidates: 6:30 – 8:00 PM
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