Commentary: Government does not create wealth —— it can only redistribute existing wealth
“We the People” believe we have our elected representatives who should represent us. When an individual who has been elected to office and is sworn into office, they take and place one hand on the Bible and/or whatever holy book they select, they raise their right hand and swear to uphold the Constitution. Please, you and any of the candidates for office should take the time to read the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The people we elect are in office to protect our freedoms and our property rights.
So when agencies, boards and commissions (ABCs) meet whatever they do, whatever they decide, should be presented to our elected representatives. So many of the ABCs are powered by bureaucrats and a bureaucrat’s job is to expand their bureaucracy.To expand their bureaucracy they write complex rules and regulations with fees and fines attached to control our behavior. The end result is more big government and big business benefits and both are growing at our expense.
One example is the Diamond Springs and El Dorado Area Mobility & Livable Community Plan. The El Dorado County Transportation Commission (EDCTC) started over three years ago preparing an application for a grant from state of California. The process had workshops with community input. There was a workshop the first part of January 2014 where the EDCTC was still gathering information. Then-in February 2014 EDCTC presented a “slide show” to the El Dorado County Planning Commission (there was no written draft or final report). No permission was needed from the El Dorado County Planning Commission so a slide show was acceptable. Personally, I believe that needs to be changed. You need to understand the Diamond Springs and El Dorado Area Mobility and Livable Community Plan did not take the time to research and identity who owned the land they were “taking.” In Diamond Springs on Highway 49/Main Street to add bike lanes, sidewalks and diagonal parking you would need to “take” private property. In El Dorado to place a roundabout at the point Highway 49 goes from west to south/north to east would “take” property to create for additional space for the roundabout. The confusion and the non-stop traffic could create a serious safety situation.
The property owners who would be directly impacted by the proposed plans were not made a part of the process. And more importantly-before submitting the grant application —— the grant application should have first been reviewed by the El Dorado County Planning Commission and then the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors. If for no other reason it would have allowed those of us who would be directly impacted a chance to be heard and our comments recorded as a “matter of record.” You do understand if property is “taken” it no longer is taxed, if it is used for bike lanes, sidewalks, additional parking and/or a roundabout —— it must be developed by our government and in the future it must be maintained by our government. And, if the proposed improvements are put into place-who will benefit and at what cost to the taxpayers? Government does not create wealth —— it can only redistribute existing wealth.