Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Had Enough Yet, Fiscal Conservatives?

Hamilton County is quickly being overrun by liberal Republicans who seem bent on showing how unnecessary liberal Democrats are by concocting new schemes for expanding the size and scope of government so quickly it can barely be charted. They are showing how necessary Libertarians are. To wit:
  • Republican leaders from across the County have endorsed an $800 million light rail boondoggle that would decrease traffic on I-69 by a mere 4% on its best day.
  • County and Town of Fishers officials are gearing up to remove a perfectly good, popular airport in a useful location in order to build one from scratch.
  • Noblesville is expanding City Hall, which doesn’t expand unless government is growing. The City is risking chasing a prominent retailer away over so crucial an issue as the size of a sign.
  • The City of Carmel has floated bonds for everything from road projects that fail to significantly expand capacity to a $55 million park and an $80 million concert hall.
  • Carmel and Westfield are engaged in an annexation war that offers the residents virtually nothing except the promise of municipal taxes.
State Senator Luke Kenley has taken the lead in the legislature to craft a bill for socialized football that would tax service industries in Marion County-for now. Critics within Marion County point out that the residents of the region, including Hamilton County, enjoy the team, and therefore should share the bill. A compromise that imposes taxes on services provided in Hamilton County does not seem too far fetched, especially since Kenley is open to the idea.
It's hard to draw any conclusion other than that the fiscal conservative is a constituent the GOP is no longer interested in.

One of the most common things I hear from people who believe in limited government goes like this: “I didn’t leave the Republican Party. The Republican Party left me”. These people are joining the Libertarian Party.

The County Convention of the Libertarian Party of Hamilton County will be held at 11am on Saturday, April 9, 2005, at the Delaware Township Government Center, 9191 E. 131 Street, in Fishers.

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