It’s great to have electricity. And it’s great to have trees. But it’s not so great for our local politicians to give us both federally-subsidized electricity and taxpayer-funded trees. If I want a tree, then I should be able to buy one, but I have no right to compel my neighbor to pay my bill for it. If my neighbor wants to pay my bills, anyway, then that’s wonderful—but such money should be freely given, not forcibly taken. Ditto with saving money on my electric bill—charitable assistance is great, but taxpayer subsidies are not.
Some people might neither understand nor accept the difference between plunder and philanthropy—but our politicians should ideally uphold this difference, and NOT legally perpetrate theft but prosecute it. In fact, all politicians should expertly help us to defend our equal God-given rights to our bodies, our property, our children, contract, defense, et cetera, so that we may remain free, rather than trying to reign like monarchs over our lives (including our bank accounts). And this includes our city officers.
So, the “bottom line” is that we need to privatize Provo City Power, along with the city’s Trees for Energy Conservation program. And we also need to elect more local officers who will defend our rights to our property, rather than dictate how we will spend our paychecks. Cheap electricity and free trees are nice, but they’re not something that we should legislate our neighbors into giving us. Please contact your city officers about these changes, and please mobilize your neighbors to vote better in 2019.
- Provo Daily Herald: “Provo Power offers free trees but few residents respond” (2018 Aug 31)
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