Now that Obama has been gone for two years and liberals and progressives are still outnumbered in the Senate, some people think the country is returning to a degree of normalcy. I disagree. Because I’ve seen liberals, progressives, and twits in local governments do far more damage to our freedom than deep state politicians in the federal or state governments could dream of.
Until recently, I lived 50 miles north of San Francisco, so I could write a whole book about the craziness in my former back yard, but unfortunately, the fools in local government are spread across more zip codes than you can imagine. In fact, in America’s 50 largest cities, 34 mayors are Democrats, 13 are Republicans, and three are Independent.
So in this blog, I’ll bring you local horror stories from coast to coast; from dense urban conglomerations and dinky hamlets alike. What kind of outrages can you find in here? I’ve lumped them into three basic categories: the massive amounts of your money that local governments waste; the stunning intrusions they make on your personal liberty, and the things they do that are so flat-out dumb that nobody could possibly make this stuff up. Three examples:
- A city manager pays himself $1.5 million a year, goes to jail for six years, and receives his pension when he gets out.
- A city puts microchips in your recycling bin to see if you’re separating your garbage the way they like it.
- A city arts commission pays $10,000 to sponsor an EcoSex Symposium where a former porn star discusses the pros and cons of marrying the sky, the trees, and maybe coal.
I find more of these stories every day, and am compiling them into a book with the same title as this blog. But there’s nothing like having a network of eyes and ears who are looking for fresh outrages. Any time you see a story about an outlandish local government action, send me a short version of the story. Or send me a link to the story in your local paper.
As an added incentive, I offer The MoonPie Award. If you send an item that, in my opinion, proves you have the looniest local government in America, you and your elected body could win a dozen Double Decker Banana Marshmallow MoonPies each. Imagine their delight when you present this award at their next public meeting.
I hope you enjoy these brief excursions into civic lunacy. But more importantly, I hope you see how close some of this country’s biggest problems are to your own back yard, and that you pay your local city council or county supervisors a visit and tell them exactly what you think.