The problem with columnist John Peschong (“A wasting of people’s labors,” Oct. 5), Supervisor Debbie Arnold and other conservative politicians is that they base their decisions on their belief that fewer taxes/regulations and smaller government are always good, rather than on a fact-based assessment of what is needed to fix a given problem.
So, Arnold votes against letting the stakeholders in Paso Robles manage their own water basin, and congressional Republicans, having sworn allegiance to Grover Norquist, can’t raise the gas tax to fix the roads — even though we can all see that they are falling apart.
Nobody likes burdensome regulations or paying taxes and government fees, and if we can figure out a way to solve a problem without these, well and good.
We should, however, expect our political leaders to base their decisions on such matters on facts, not beliefs. Thomas Jefferson would have approved.