Yess's resignation was accompanied by the usual political infighting. But the principle ought to be of interest to anyone concerned with America's future. Both Democrats and Republicans in Ulster County are committed to spending $100 million (not counting interest on the loan, which could amount to another $100 million) after twenty years of Ulster County's growth being one third of the national average. New York is experiencing an exodus of young and hardworking taxpayers because of liberal taxation, and neither party senses a problem.
The Golden Hill facility is an example of the age-old American phenomenon of special interest politics. Both parties have pet causes. The Democrats have George Soros, the Trial Lawyers Association, the National Lawyers' Guild, and NYSUT, while the Republicans have Halliburton. So it is at the county level. Both parties have friends in the construction industry, in labor unions, and in the grant seeking business.
Both the Ulster County Law Enforcement Center--the county jail--and the Golden Hill facility benefit special interests. Making matters worse is the absence of a serious press or media (other than The Lincoln Eagle) that employ journalists who are capable of analysis without ideology or being embedded in the special interests concerning which they are supposed to be reporting.
Back in the day of the Second Bank of the United States, the precursor of today's Federal Reserve Bank, Whig politicians were on the Bank's payroll until Andrew Jackson, the equivalent of today's Ron Paul, abolished the bank and set the stage for the greatest economic expansion in world history. After the Civil War, Standard Oil captured a number of state legislators, much as Bruce Ratner and The New York Times recently utilized New York State's Empire State Development Corporation to evict law-abiding property owners for Ratner's and The Times's benefit.
In the 19th century the nation's shared belief in limited government restrained lobbying. Because Americans believed in limited government, corrupt city governments in places like New York and Minneapolis, and the corrupt federal government, could do limited damage. In those days the corruption in New York was due to the Democrats, but the corruption in the federal customs houses was due to Republicans.
The limits on corruption changed with Theodore Roosevelt's election in 1904. TR, a Republican, strongly believed in expansion of government. Many of his ideas were copied during the 1930s and later. TR was brighter than his more famous cousin Franklin Delano Roosevelt. By the 1930s both parties had adopted variants of the Progressivism that TR had adapted from Herbert Croly's Promise of American Life. The GOP, inspired by President William Howard Taft, whom TR detested after Taft's first term, favored less regulation and opposed welfare; the Democrats, inspired by FDR, favored more regulation and a greater degree of help to the poor. Both parties favored subsidies to the wealthy. On balance, the Democrats favored greater subsidies to both the very poor and the very rich than did Republicans, but it is difficult to generalize. Both parties changed from their Jacksonian origins to the Progressivism of Roosevelt, Taft and Woodrow Wilson.
Americans who still believe in the ideas that built America--limited government, hard work, innovation and individualism--have no representative in Ulster County, in New York State, or nationally. The Republicans and Democrats are both Progressive. That is, Yess is only half right about Republican principles. The liberty Republicans, led by Ron Paul and former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson, are one remnant of the Jacksonian Democrats. The rest of the GOP is comprised of Progressives and, perhaps more commonly, self-interested hacks. There is a smaller remnant of Jacksonian Democrats within a Democratic Party which is dominated by left-wing Progressives and, just like the Republicans, self-interested hacks.
Until recently, Americans could afford to be complacent. Politicians are politicians, many have reasoned, and you can't fight city hall. But politics has become intrusive; government is ending the American way of life. Unless the silent majority begins to take an interest, America as you once knew it will end.
-Quintuple the nation's money supply and hand the printed money to commercial banks and stock brokers
-Legalize unconstitutional searches and seizures
-Borrow nearly a trillion dollars and give it out to politically connected friends
-Declare morality to be dead and then claim that on moral grounds they have the right to tell Americans what to eat.