The Scoop – Government Is Bad, Until You Need It
For those who missed it, Governor Bill Lee visited one of the most beautiful parts of Warren County two weeks ago on a trip to Rock Island State Park.
There were lots of broad smiles and big handshakes and the regular rhetoric that we expect whenever an elected official is invited to speak. Governor Lee did not disappoint.
“People are the answer to our biggest challenges,” Lee said emphatically. “It’s not the government.”
This statement elicited the biggest applause of the day because it’s cool not to like government, even when you’re the head of a really big state government.
Interestingly, Governor Lee’s visit was for him to visit the old mill in Rock Island State Park. There are efforts, which I hope will be successful, to restore the old mill as a banquet hall or reception center. The exact purpose of the building has not been determined.
The problem is the price tag, which is estimated to be between $ 2 million and $ 6 million.
Governor Lee was invited to visit the old mill and give his “support,” which is a nice way of saying to give money to the state.
So Governor Lee comes to town to tell us that government is not the answer while we are asking government to be the answer. It’s an interesting situation.
The government should stay out of our lives!
Unless we need the money.
Or health care.
Or police protection.
Or smooth roads.
Disliking government is a familiar refrain, especially from politicians employed by government. Every year we hear about the need to reduce government interference in our lives.
Then lawmakers go to Nashville and come up with about 3,000 new laws each year. This would translate to eight new laws every day of the year if they were all passed.
But luckily they are not because we need less government intrusion into our lives.
This anti-government stance also comes to mind with the current state of mind that so many people have about not getting vaccinated. The government is not going to tell them what to do. This is America!
Yet there are times – many times – when the government tells us exactly what to do. And he should.
We cannot drive 55 mph in a school zone when children are present, as that would be very bad judgment and put the lives of innocent children at risk. The government tells us we can only drive 15mph in a school zone in the interest of public safety and no one is saying a word.
So why not get vaccinated in the interest of public safety?
Of course, there is this lady from Wyoming who took the COVID vaccine and died. But for 99.99% of the remaining 159 million Americans who took the vaccine, everything went very well.
The COVID delta variant is gaining momentum and no one who gets vaccinated should be hospitalized. This is pretty compelling information.
Instead of complaining that we don’t need government, when we all really need government, it would seem more logical to admit that government plays an important role in our lives.
Instead of campaigning against the very government they are charged with leading, our state officials could actually show leadership in recognizing that our government must adopt basic public health measures in the face of an ever-active pandemic. .