Readers, today we have a guest post while I continue to set up shop. How appropriate that this guest post addresses politicians, as we head off to the polls for early voting. May we choose well from the small group of candidates and may they read Mr. Paul Cavazos’ post and consider who they represent.
On his column in the LMT Sun 04/022/012 edition Odie Arambula states “history has been telling us for more than 150 years that Webb County Politics is alive and well.” He further comments that the culture remains just as alive in the 21st Century. I agree with him that the methodology is the same but modernized to cope with, and take advantage of the modern media. The big change in politics occurs on those who won the election.
Modern politicians once get elected they become entrepreneurs and speculators with tax payers’ money and try to compete in the private sector, even though they do this in a very unorthodox manner, it scares potential private investors. These are afraid to face unfair competition with tax payers’ money and remember the old adage “you can’t beat City Hall.”
In the private sector we seek and find the need for a service or a product; we measure the size of the market; evaluate the competition and determine if we can make a profit or not. Not until then we decide to invest or not to invest. Once we determine that it is a “go”; we start applying for licenses and invest in land plant and equipment. We risk our own money.
Our politicians instead, adhere to the Better Mouse Trap Theory. They invest heavily in the biggest traps and expect the mice to come by. When the mice never come, the taxpayers are left “holding the bag.”
We thank God for term limits, but still we are left with a herd of white elephants, a mountain of debt, and a continuance of inefficiently aggressive management.