Now that we have all celebrated New Year’s by making and possibly already breaking our New Year’s resolutions, it is time for government to get back to work. It has been a tough year for our intrepid government officials figuring out how to claim credit for the good things they didn’t do while blaming the bad things they did on the other party.
The Feds are busy deflecting blame from millions of us seeing our health insurance canceled for plans that are more restrictive costing twice as much.
The state is trying to be quiet after last year’s ethics perfect storm, however what they passed was a boat made of screen wire. Don’t worry, they’re still approving millions in transportation studies while figuring out how to increase taxes to pay for those. Let’s not forget they are still playing “Go Fish” with museum funding too.
At the local level after taking a year break it’s back to Barnsley Gardens resort for the annual retreat and social event. Chairman Ahrens said “The retreat was so commissioners could gather in a more relaxed environment than they normally experience.”
That’s OK, I’m sure the taxpayers understand, it has been a tough year. The Ball Ground recycling problem, the public pool issues, the expensive airport expansion and TSPLOST not passing. Of course if the chairman wants to keep the Barnsley retreat a “more relaxed environment” it might be wise to avoid those subjects.
To pay respect to the large task ahead for our government figuring out how to tax and spend more, we should remember what Judge Gideon John Tucker wrote: “No man’s life, liberty or properties are safe while the Legislature is in session.” His statement is appropriate for all levels, federal through local government.