About two weeks ago, voters in Klamath County received a well designed postcard from Donnie Boyd’s campaign. While Donnie sports a nice smile and slogan on the front, the back is where we find the meat — what Donnie will do if elected. Let’s just say, his ideas are vague at best and some even contradicting.
- Economic Growth and Recovery
- Efficient Government
- Public Safety
- Water Solutions
These all sound great on the surface. Who isn’t for these types of things? However the problem arises when you think how he plans to accomplish these promises as Klamath County Commissioner. Donnie says he will use his business experience to lure new businesses into the basin, but his third point promises to raise taxes for public safety. How in the world does Donnie plan to raise the cost of doing business locally and at the same time lure new businesses to the area?
His second point about making government efficient sounds nice, but by its very nature, government is inefficient. He claims he can make City and County governments work together better. Really? How will Donnie change the way Klamath Falls City Government runs especially when most on the City Council started serving back in the stone age? The fact is the City Council will not relinquish any power or control to County government, and neither will the County to the City. This bullet point on Donnie’s postcard is just silliness on parade, but it sure sounds good.
Donnie’s cry to properly fund public safety is really an effort to raise taxes in disguise. As mentioned before on this blog, the problem with public safety is not because there is not enough money allocated towards it, but instead the out of control costs. In 2004, the Sheriff’s budget was roughly $4 million. Today it is $10 million. Graph that on a piece of paper and you will quickly realize the County will go broke at this pace. Again, to be clear, revenue is not the problem, costs are.
Boyd’s “Water Solutions” includes eliminating the basin’s most abundant and affordable power source — removing the Klamath River Dams. While farmers might get a special deal on power, and other a guarantee on income in low water years (that's called socialism by the way), the people stuck with funding this special interest solution are the rate payer and tax payers. This is exactly the opposite of what we need.
Finally Education. Supporting Klamath Promise sure sounds nice. However, the problem with our K-12 public education isn’t we do not have enough people cheering students on, but that the system itself is broken. Adding one more cheerleader as County Commissioner will not help. Monopolies never disappoint. They are certain to produce two things: a mediocre product at the highest possible cost. If we want to really make education work in Klamath County, we need to introduce the idea of good, old-fashioned, American competition into our local education system. Then and only then will students, teachers and parents benefit from a system that generates the best innovative solutions at the most affordable prices.
So beware. Don’t believe the hype. Boyd sounds good, but his solutions are more of the same — failed liberal ideas, this time found on a nicely designed postcard.