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Didn’t Take Long!!

by pete on December 31, 2010


                                              DIDN’T TAKE LONG!

December 27, 2010

     Remember where I left off prior to Christmas with my bet that it would not take long for the Triad to jump back on the top-down zoning bandwagon.  The Chronicle on December 1, 2010 wrote about the “gravel  foes” and the possible GOMAG lawsuit that could end up at the Montana Supreme Court.  But what I found most interesting was where it said the commissioners were sending it back to the planning department to, basically, come up with a new way to attempt to force down our throats their unconstitutional, unjust and abusive vision of their top-down zoning scheme.

     Albert Einstein defined “insanity” as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.  Is this insanity?  How many times and how much money spent paying the planning department people will it take for these guys to accept the message that we do not want zoning?  Sadly, friends, the answer is it will take as long as it takes US to change from “subjects” to “citizens”.  “Freedom is NEVER voluntarily given by the oppressor, it must be DEMANDED by the oppressed (Martin Luther King).  Look at this most recent news that our law enforcement personnel just won their lawsuit for back pay that the county commissioners CHOSE to cheat them out of since 2004.  They won a 4 million dollar judgment!  Despite a clearly defined law which prescribes how to calculate law enforcement pay and overtime as a percentage of the sheriff’s pay our commissioners took it upon themselves to decide to cheat our law enforcement personnel out of their legally prescribed pay – for 6 years!

     First of all, why are the commissioners not being punished for breaking the law?  In any other circumstance, when caught, the violators of the law are responsible for restitution.  This was a decision THEY made without the knowledge or consent of the people.  Now they want to burden the taxpayers with this bill for their grotesque abuse of power.  Restitution should come out of their personal pockets.  They should lose their jobs, like the federal bureaucrats we see on the news, when they get caught abusing the power of their office.   Joe Skinner was on the 6 o’clock news saying, “He did not know where the county can come up with the money in their already tight budget.  If they are not going to be fired then their salaries would be the first place to start.  If they are not willing to do that then they should be looking at prison time until the debt is paid.  It might also be paid by taking back the taxes unconstitutionally taken from us through the open space debacle – starting with the 1 million dollars Joe Skinner voted himself.  If the commissioners are allowed to maintain the corruption of their office and budget cuts need to be made they should start with all the planning department personnel that they keep wasting money on by having them continually invent new schemes for their top-down zoning and regulatory takings policies that “we the people” have made clear we do not want.

     I have said it before and I will say it again:  We need to clean house in this county government.  This recent pay scandal is another perfect example of these bureaucrats slapping us in the face with their arrogant belief that they can do whatever they want to us and we will continue to act like the sheeple they think we are.  We are faced with the loss of freedoms and abuse by government from all sides and at all levels county, state and federal.

     If you can not do any thing else just try to forward this to 10 new people and suggest they do the same.  You will have more freedom if you will fight for it!

Pete Rothing

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