Posted by PsMacintosh, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Dec 9, 2011 at 11:34 am
Geoff, thanks for your comment. I always appreciate it when you give your input and info on a subject.
However, nothing that you have said has relieved our complaint--that Danville (The Town) is spending time, effort, personnel, and money on helping to create and start up a private business venture. Danville is engaging in a "project" and undertaking some "work" (which you have been fairly vague about in details) all at taxpayer's expense. It costs time and money! (Tell us the projected amount!)
Where, when, and how did the majority of Danville's citizens DECIDE that we want The Town to do this project?
That WE think there's such a vital, crucial need for and thereby want a Transportation Director to help setup a Teleconferencing Center? That we think we this center is going to solve our "traffic" problems (or what problems are we addressing?)?
If a Private Business wants to setup a Teleconferencing Center, let them do so! Let them research the "need" and risk their butts on their hunches. Let them pay the money and time to back their "gamble." Let them find their own financing and justify it to careful experienced VCs. Let them spend the time (just like any other startup business), take the risks, pay the costs, and then obtain the rewards (or failure--as in 90% of startups). Let their business stand on its own two feet and support itself without government subsidies.
I certainly hope that Danville is not "financing" any of this and not supplying any "subsidies" (less tax, free x), but I suspect that is in the intentions somewhere.
What most of the writers here are really arguing about is, WHAT IS THE PROPER ROLE AND SCOPE OF GOVERNMENT?
In essence, Liberals believe in centralized, big Government solutions.
Conservatives believe in individuals taking all the actions to solve problems (for profit or for charity....or for whatever drives them internally).
The more "stuff" government decides to do (with one justification or another....and one sob story after another), the more government costs. And that's a problem for the larger economy because government is never a revenue creator, it's an expense.
The more business "stuff" that government engages in, the more it interferes with and competes against private enterprise. And that hurts individuals and their businesses. Ultimately government does a worse job, than private industry, at any business that it touches because it becomes a monopoly with no freedom of choice (kills competition), has worse customer service, has higher costs, becomes a monolithic giant that is slow to change and innovate, saves itself from its errors at taxpayers expense (has no real accountability), creates and perpetuates expensive (low productive) empire-building, and sometimes fosters political corruption.
So every time that any Governmental body (in this case Danville) starts extending its reach and efforts into new fields (in this case, new business ventures), it is leading us down an ultimate path of destruction. One small step after another.
It all starts with somebody's "Good Idea" to take care of some perceived, desperate "need". When the real question should be, how does the original Constitution allow for a governmental entity to be involved in this way? Not "wouldn't it be nice" if....
IMO, Government should limit itself to the smallest scope and size (and cost) that it can possibly be.............and thereby allow as much "individual determination" as possible--where individuals (not Government) undertake the risks and rewards of life by their own choice and effort.