Does it? Does government have enough money and resources to do what it needs to do? That question is the fundamental issue behind each new tax levy and each new ballot measure where government asks the citizens for more money.
First it is important to think about need verses want. What is it we citizens need government to do, as opposed to, what do some want government to do? Much too much of what Federal, State and Local government does is not for the real needs of its citizens, but rather for the wants of special interests. These special interests have cleverly disguised their interest as a public concern and then tricked tax payers into funding their venture. Did we need to rebuild Henley elementary or KU? No, the buildings were just fine. They are old, but they certainly functioned. No one was dying in them. No one was getting sick, and no one injured. But the real-estate/construction/public-union/government sector drool over such public building projects because they funnel money from your pocket to theirs at inflated, government mandated, wages. Is it nicer to drive by a new school building rather than an old one. Sure. But does it educate our children any better? No. And there is a prime example between need and want. The real need is to educate our children. The want is to do it in the best and most expensive buildings in the county. Do children win? No. Do the special interests win? Yes. And special interests win all while fooling the public that we now have “better schools”.
Second, why should government continue to get more and more of our tax dollars? When your income increases, did you know that the amount of money you send to government also increases? So when wages in Klamath County go up, government already gets more money — at the same rate of the citizenry it serves. Likewise, when income goes down, money to the government decreases accordingly. Why then when incomes decrease should government continue spending at the same levels or higher? Why should government be given more money when the rest of us are doing with less?
Finally, government wages & benefits are built on a myth. The myth is a wage & benefit scheme that increases wages every year, whether such increases are deserved or not. This system is not sustainable. This system also rewards public employees for their length of service to government, not their skill level. This is a myth because under such a system government can only fund itself as long as it can continue to increase the amount and the percentage of wealth it takes from the citizens it serves. Public unions are behind this scheme and skim some from every dollar that goes to a public employee. Do public unions serve the public good? No, they serve themselves by continuing to increase the cost of government so they can get more and more. (Think of a parasite).
Does government have enough? Yes, it has plenty and squanders it at every turn because it does not earn the money it gets, it takes it. As long as we allow government to take more and more, will they ever learn to focus on the real needs and not special interest wants? Will they learn to live within their means? Will government pay its employees based on merit not and not length of service? Answer: No, no and no.