Managed Growth- Voluntary supply and demand should determine economic growth of the local area. Each business should be free to manage
its own affairs with as little interference from government as possible. All government can do to manage business is redistribute
taxpayers money, restrict, regulate and increase taxes. These are not growth stimulators but rather inhibitors. Business manages
best when the market is truly free of restrictions so that companies can compete and vie for market shares.
that a good government is one that concentrates on managing its own affairs and leaves growth in the private sector to voluntary
Taxes- Taxes should be collected only for truly constitutional and public
applications. Public monies used for assisting business startup or acquisition simply redistribute economic wealth, and because
of government involvement, it always reduces the net wealth of the community; it is consumptive, not productive. All existing
government agencies should be reviewed to determine if private industry could do a better job for less cost to the taxpayers.
The practices of collecting taxes to fund budgets that exceed the amount needed to run the county, and letting the surplus
accumulate in bank accounts, should be stopped. These excess funds should be left in the hands of people who generate the
wealth in the first place.
that taxes are higher than they need to be. Continual oversight is needed to assure that taxes be used for proper county responsibilities.
Where possible taxes should be lowered and any existing surplus used for road improvements instead of levying additional
taxes. County citizens need to discuss the proper role of government especially in these lean times. Changing to fees where
possible and removing agencies and/or departments or parts of departments may be necessary. If a service can be
found in the Yellow Pages, shouldn't we at least consider letting the private sector fulfill those responsibilities?
Property- Private property is the backbone of industry in America.
Property owners must be free to direct the use of their own property in the manner that suits them best. Regulation and zoning
are truly a "taking" of property since both techniques hamper the use of property and reduce its value to the owner. If you
don't control it, you don't own it and a deed becomes nothing more than a license to pay taxes. Zoning and owning are incompatible.
that to truly protect property rights, county government should limit its Planning & Zoning ordinances to those required
to meet Idaho Code.
Government- Never forget that even good government that stays within its
proper bounds is necessarily a "taker" of wealth. Government operating within strict constitutional limits is still a burden
on the producers of society. It's true that such a government provides a valuable protective service that is a benefit to
society, but we should never deceive ourselves into believing that government is a creator, instead of consumer, of wealth.
History clearly shows that government operating outside of its proper limits always destroys the society it's supposed to
serve. It does this by regulating human behavior to the point of destroying the incentive to produce. When the producers stop
producing the products necessary to sustain society, collapse is inevitable.
that government should truly be the kind of servant that interferes with the peaceful activities of the people as little as
have become fearful of losing and so have adopted the "Big Tent" strategy. Modern Republican philosophy is so inclusive that
almost no policy is rejected. We must proudly return to our roots. If we were to simply abide by the current Idaho State Republican platform, government
would be much less intrusive and expensive than it is. I intend to restore Republican ideals to our county government. Lower
taxes than last year, a smaller budget than last year, more productive use of the current funds in the budget and restoration
of genuine property rights. Look at just a few of the planks of the Idaho
GOP and see if we haven’t departed from our roots:
the proper role of government is to
provide for the people only those critical functions that cannot be performed by individuals or private organizations.
Bonner County took over EMS several years ago. Traditionally, EMS and medical have not been a part of government and private providers did a fine job. Our current
EMS system is represented by providers in the several districts that do a great job. We need to continue to guard against
excessive taxation while providing the emergency services the citizens need. Again, if possible, the "Yellow Pages" philosophy
might need to be applied.
government: The Idaho Republican Party recognizes that government is financed only from taxing its citizens.
We believe the size and cost of government, as well as the national debt, must be reduced. We believe Social Security should
be stabilized, diversified, and privatized to expand individual retirement options. We commend our entire Republican delegation
for strong support of a balanced budget.
Property Rights We reaffirm our commitment
to the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution: "No person shall be ... deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process
of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation." The right to own, use, care for, and
market property is a fundamental tenet of all free nations. The vigilant protection of private property rights safeguards
for citizens everything of value. We support strong enforcement of the "takings" clause to keep citizens secure in the use
and development of their property. We oppose any federal, state or local regulation that would diminish a property owner’s
right to develop his property in a positive and productive way. Because state and federal governments administer the majority
of Idaho lands, we need to limit and, if possible, reduce
the amount of land owned or administered by the government. We affirm to all government officials and employees that property
rights are not granted by the government - rather, government is directed by the governed to protect the rights of private
it more evident that Republican principles have been deserted than in the realm of Private Property Rights. Today we must
have permits to dig, build, remodel, or change our properties and we must submit to a plethora of inspections and rules that
do not offer any protection should the property be damaged by improper building or incorrect application of land use principles.
Government agencies, you see, are protected from suit should they cause harm. And, our properties can be devalued by refusal
to allow us to use them in a way that would benefit us economically if the use doesn’t fit some land use regulation.
I hope to bring a moderating balance to land use planning with a careful and thoughtful reintroduction of genuine private
property rights to the current discussion.