When are County Government Expenditures Justified?

by Robert John Stevens, December 12, 2017

I embrace Ezra Taft Benson’s rule of thumb for government spending—that if I ask my neighbors to pay for something and they deny my request then I am not justified in using government to force them to pay via taxation, forfeiture, penalty and/or by gunpoint. So when I talk about government theft, that’s what I am talking about.

I always thought county property taxes were used to build and maintain roads, bridges, water treatment systems, pay the sheriffs and to meet the necessary expenses of limited government.

The government of Utah County, Utah spends $78 million annually.

Utah County has approximately 600,000 residents.

This morning at the Utah County Commissioners’ Meeting, we watched them discuss five alternative plans for compensating county employees. A 5% across-the-board increase was proposed for non-elected officials. I had to leave early so I don’t know how it turned out but I spoke out again.

Today we learned they spend $55.5 million on county employee salaries and benefits or $91.66 per citizen. If only 20% of county citizens actually own land then on average they each pay $458.33.

Ask landowners if they want to pay $458.33 annually for county salaries and the majority will probably say no. Ask if they are willing to increase salaries and benefits by 5% annually and more will deny your request, so if the citizens aren’t willing to voluntarily pay and they don’t get to vote on such increases, then by Ezra Taft Benson’s rule of thumb isn’t that theft?

I understand the proper role of government is to provide limited services via the consent of the governed according to founding principles and to be wise stewards of those funds.

Since government by nature is inefficient, has no product or service to sell and isn’t governed by free market principles, then should county budgets be based upon foundational principles, the consent of the governed, limited government and reduced costs even if that requires layoffs?

Who benefits when governments diverge from foundational principles? Not the people.

Government-Managed Healthcare is Theft

by Robert John Stevens, March 23, 2017

Taxation is theft. Government-managed healthcare via forced redistribution of wealth punishable by prison time or forfeiture is not American.

The rule of thumb is if your neighbor asks you to pay his or her healthcare insurance and you refuse, should you then be allowed to use the force of government to make them pay?

In other words, if your neighbor doesn’t voluntarily give freely to your cause, is it thievery to have the government force them in your behalf?

Presidents Trump and Obama are both wrong–the federal government has no business managing healthcare or offering any product or service that the free market can provide or that can be provided by a lower level of government.

Government is the most inefficient provider of any product. They offer the worst service. Unlike business, they are not accountable for poor or faulty service. Anyone who has tried to get something accomplished thru government knows that.

If President Trump will live up to his campaign promises he will repeal Obamacare and replace it with nothing. Trump should introduce and campaign for a bill that says only, “The Federal government will no longer manage healthcare.”

Healthcare management is not a proper role of government. Neither is stealing from one’s neighbor.

Tax Code is Killing the U.S. Economy

This article’s headline says politics are killing the U.S. economy but if you read further it says the problem is the tax code.

We know it is much more than that: Taxes, regulations, welfare, propaganda media, offshoring, distractions, human poisoning, the abandonment of the proper role of government and its foundational principles that created the freest and most prosperous nation in history, and more.

Politics is crippling the US economy, Harvard study says