It’s wonderful that we enjoy a nice regional airport here in Utah County, and that it’s apparently prospering well enough to merit some expansion, which will increase its capacity to benefit its growing number of customers, and will produce positive “ripple effects” upon everyone who lives in our county.
But why is this growing local transportation hub being run by politicians rather than by entrepreneurs? And why are its managers lobbying legislators to compel us (and others) to fund its expansion, rather than raising such capital from profits or savings or loans or investments or whatnot? The state exists to exercise its coercive powers to help us to expertly defend ourselves from others’ aggression, NOT to figuratively pick our pockets to fund its growing array of business ventures, which are beyond its scope, and which distract it from its proper role.
Such business is best left to the private sector, where it normally operates efficiently and effectively and innovatively, while any exceptions are generally both rare and fleeting. These norms-and-exceptions are reversed in the public sector, in which politically-managed businesses often exercise state power to defend their poor performance from unwanted competition. Although our local airport may (or may not) be faring alright for the moment, it would fare far better if our city officers were to fully privatize it without any lingering political “strings” attached. We need to set this airport free!
Sadly, Provo’s current public officers don’t appear to share such views, and haven’t done so for a long time. Which is why Provo’s expanding municipal government now runs a redevelopment agency, a power company, an airport, a television channel, a library, a performing arts center, a recreation center, a fitness center, a golf course, an ice rink, a water park, a beach, a park service, a gun range, a garbage-collection service, a recycling service, and a cemetery, none of which are involved in defending our rights. And it’s also why we who value our rightful liberty need to get educated, informed, and active in our local elections or else these ongoing statist trends may slowly ruin Provo just as they’ve ruined Detroit and other cities (or even entire nations).
As Utah’s weather improves, we urge you to please go kindly confront your neighbors, engage them in discussion about these issues, and organize like-minded ones for regular victory in our city elections. And, if our website helps for that purpose, then please use it. If you succeed, then we can regain a lean city government that effectively defends our rights, while allowing us the freedom to keep Provo such a great place to live, hopefully for many generations to come. And wouldn’t that be worth the bother?
- Provo: Provo Airport
- Provo Daily Herald: “Provo city approves financial support, looks for additional funding for new Provo Airport terminal” (2019 Feb 21)
- Provo Daily Herald: “Provo Airport expansion could break ground this year as Utah County grants $4.3 million for project” (2019 Mar 12)
- Provo Daily Herald: “Passed: Airport funding” (2019 Mar 15)
- Deseret News: “Provo airport now fully funded, could break ground this year” (2019 Mar 15)
- Free Provo: Problems: Envisioning Statism: Running Monopolies
- Free Provo: Problems: Following Detroit’s Example
- Free Provo: Solutions: Improving Our Electoral Options
- Facebook: Free Provo