Having just received a copy of the “Focus on Education” newsletter from Walla Walla School District, with its accompanying extolation of the wonderful new high school facilities, there are some things here I wish to point out to those who will take the time to read this.
The verb “to need” in the use of politicians and bureaucrats needs to be redefined — by us, the ones paying ever increasing shares of our earnings for extras that have been deemed necessities or slipped in with them. We can, if we so desire, perform this redefinition through the means available to us as citizens, with our vote.
The high school does need more classrooms, there is not any argument there. The argument is that government spending is out of control on all levels now. We the people have the power to change this.
The problem is not “them,” it is us. The line between “need” and “want” has become very blurry in the last five decades. A huge percentage of the things we now need are not needs at all, and are rather personal desires or conveniences for ourselves or others that have been adjusted to be needs, or slipped in, by some means. The resolution to this out-of-control spending must and can only start here, with us, the ultimate payers of every cent spent by the collective local, state, regional, national and federal governments and affiliated organizations.
Send the levy proposal back with a “no” vote. Tell them to leave in what is needed and take the rest out. Start here, start telling the politicians and bureaucrats: Enough!
Let us lead by example, our own example, here at the local level, which is after all where all great things in this country began. It is time for the politics and direction in this country to begin again flowing in the direction they were intended to flow when the Constitution was written – from us to “them.”