Taking a Step Back

No new Citizen Cain episodes will be made in the foreseeable future. This was initially Conan’s decision. Instead of creating new Citizen Cain episodes, we’re investing our time and resources into being prepared for the coming hard times; as well as our own personal side projects and hobbies. The work thereof has kept us from making any formal announcement before tonight. While Conan is much more skilled with the technical aspects of production, and certainly more talented in facilitating a conversation about liberty than I could be, it may not seem like I have much say in the matter. However, I completely support him, and his reasons, to wit:

Keene is a lost cause; taxes are continually raised, societal dependence on a personal level is encouraged and enabled—indeed, it’s seen as the only thing one is expected to rely on. Crony-capitalism with a folksy small-town veneer doesn’t fool me for a second, and is exhausting to belabor on a weekly basis. Watching and translating the neurotic virtue-signaling of “city elders” who can’t help but behave the way they do is a very bad way to spend your free time if you have a job that involves any type of customer service, which I do.

I’ve lived in Keene for eight years now, as an emigrant from California, still very grateful to be out of there and away from their astronomical taxes and burdensome government. But after so much observation of current events, and casual research into the history of Keene; I’ve come to realize that I didn’t really leave a place ruined by big government. Instead I moved to a place where the parasite of big government still feasts on a healthy host, but not for long. Keene is a lost cause; big government is a surrender to the cause of civilization; no matter who is in charge of it. (And yes, for some there’s no difference between “big government” and just “government,” the distinction of which may make me an evil statist, on par with the worst imaginable. All I can say is that I’m aware of your jimmie-rustle, but the lure of an adjective that can modify a noun is too strong for me to resist.)

In the future, there could be new Citizen Cain episodes; perhaps from a different town which runs more responsibly. However, It’ll be a very boring show because of that so you probably won’t like it.


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29 – Not My Job

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It Won’t Be Cheap

“Give it a few years. You’ll get there.”

That was mayor Lane’s response to Mike Giacomo, who had just made the comment that Keene should invest its money in projects “that encourage Keene to get younger” and not on non-profit senior centers that won’t accomplish that goal. The mayor’s remark received laughter from many in attendance, but not from all. Not from the “youngsters” who will be set to foot the bill.

This all took place at Thursday’s CIP public hearing. where one of the main issues on the table was a new $36,000 feasibility study which would explore moving the current Senior Center on Court St to the city’s Recreation Center. Of the five who spoke favorably of the study, only two were Keene residents. Four other speakers, all residents, had concerns with the long-term impact of such a move by the city and questions concerning what and how much the next step of the project would entail. The answers to those questions couldn’t be fully addressed and will instead have to wait until the study (if passed) is complete. Of course, we can all speculate. I’m guessing it won’t be cheap.

To be absolutely clear, I have nothing against seniors or the senior center. I do acknowledge how important this institution is to the health and well being of our community and I wish them well. And yes, as was mentioned, I know my day will come. But I cannot support the giving of tax-based handouts to non-profit organizations like Meals on Wheels, the Community Kitchen, or the Senior Center. No matter how important or popular they may be.

I do truly respect these outside agencies and the work they do for the community, as well as those who donate their time and energy to support them. That’s the way that it should be. I also know that the best way to destroy good charities and non-profit organizations is to get government involved in their funding and operations. It doesn’t happen overnight, but socializing these types of programs only leads to one outcome.

It goes just like this: the first year it’s a $25,000 study. Next year it’ll be a $3 million bond to build a new wing on the Recreation Center. That and don’t forget to add yearly requests of $5,000 or more on top of the $15,000 the center is already receiving from the city and before you know it, Voila! The next day the entire agency is fully funded by the taxpayers (aka: other people’s money) and we have a brand new entitlement program that we’ll never be able to get rid of, run by a wasteful and inefficient government.

But it’s alright. I’m told that one day I’ll “get there.” One day I’ll understand.

Except at this rate, what will be waiting for me when I finally do get there? And will I want any part of it? Keene is currently pushing around $1.6 million in annual spending increases with no end in sight. The population isn’t growing and businesses can’t move in fast enough to replace the ones leaving. Every budget and spending increase is passed by city and school officials who clearly don’t understand the long term ramifications of their actions. Many of the residents of Keene who do actually vote only do so to satisfy their own self interests with no concern for the following generations who will be forced to deal with the growing tab.

Keene, I know you don’t want to hear it from me, but you have a serious spending problem. Please get some help before it’s too late.

Keene Sentinel Letter to the Editor – 3/7/17

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28 – Tip of the Iceberg

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Tax Base Expansion

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27 – Something to Shoot For

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26 – No Investment

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