Government is the problem


Published: Tuesday, May 1, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, April 30, 2007 at 11:15 p.m.

As the battle rages on between the growth and no growth factions, I find it interesting that the largest culprit responsible for growth is government. Free market capitalism and unchecked government growth cannot coexist.

The University of Florida, which does not pay property taxes, has doubled in size over the last 30 years and county government has even subsidized the expansion of this leviathan while the traffic congestion worsens. Our gas taxes have been used on countless projects other than paving roads. Over half of our county's population is either directly or indirectly employed by the government, and to attract even more people, county government is involved in speculation building with our money.

This government-induced growth increases the demand for roads, homes and energy. To build roads, the county government extorts funds from new development to compensate for decades of poor planning.

Government's failure at the national level to secure our borders has resulted in over 12 million illegal aliens. The true cost of this immigration is very high.

Citizens opposed to growth need to demand a moratorium on further expansion of UF and other related government projects. People will continue migrating to our county but we should not be forced to subsidize them. Americans need to demand that Congress repeal NAFTA and secure our borders.

Human rights cannot exist without individual property rights.

Lloyd W. Bailey, Jr.,

Gainesville

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