Is it worth the price? |

Is it worth the price?

If you crave less government, you’ll probably love the Iraq war: having spent $300 billion so far, we now lack the funds to properly administer our own country.

The federal government finances the war partly by diverting funds from nonmilitary programs, including state grants. A $600 million grant for local police agencies will be slashed to $60 million next year. Grants to local firefighters, for which Congress provided $715 million this year, will drop by a third. Funds for home-heating aid to low-income people – mainly the elderly – will be cut $200 million. The $300 million the federal government now gives to states for incarcerating illegal alien criminals will go instead to the war.

So it is that Trinity County supervisors recently voted to postpone $3 million in road repairs. Colusa County now has only a single sheriff’s deputy to patrol the entire jurisdiction during pre-dawn hours. In Plumas County, where 37 law enforcement officers patrol 2,554 square miles, the sheriff’s department hasn’t purchased a new vehicle in three years. Nevada County can likewise expect reductions in law enforcement, firefighting capability, road maintenance, education, and libraries.

At this rate, we’ll soon enjoy civic services commensurate with Fallujah’s. Is it worth it?

Jeff Kane

Nevada City

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