Kevin R. McCarthy for Jefferson County Commissioner

Taking a Stand

Is Jefferson County ungovernable?  Is it time to throw in the towel and give up?  Is it enough to say, we have insane taxes, and our ‘leaders’ are corrupt?  Is that all we will ever be?

My aim in this blog is not so much to wax eloquent on the problems of Jefferson County, but to show that, maybe, one person can make a difference.  If enough people will not only say, ‘this sucks’, but take a stand and say, ‘that’s enough’, then maybe we can start a change for the better.  Some people have been complaining about government here for years.  I’ve been complaining about it publicly for a few weeks.  I know the government in Jefferson County doesn’t care about the people.  I know they just want their kilo of flesh from us.  I know the only news we get out of them comes around election time.

I’ll try not to harp on it anymore.

Instead, I will try to tell you what I would do in their place.  How, I would attempt to make the Jefferson County government responsible to the people.

First, let me say this.  Anyone who tells you that all the problems will go away if you elect them is lying to you.  I know that I would be one voice out five on most things in the Commissioners Court.  But if the people see that one person is willing to stand up for them, instead of whining about it, then maybe the next election will bring some support for that one person.  One person can’t do it alone, but maybe one person can be the point for real change.

I’m not a reporter.  I’m not an investigator.  I am a scientist and a teacher and a father.  All I can do is look closely at the things I think are wrong and try to figure out if there is a way to fix it.  At this point, the only way to even try to fix this problems in Jefferson County government is to get in and start banging away on the inside (since they don’t listen to anyone on the outside).  I’m willing to try.  I don’t see a lot of others standing up and saying they’ll try.

As I said, I’m a scientist.  I spend all my time with reality.  Real things, facts, evidence.  I’m telling you now, I do not compromise well.  That’s probably a good thing.  I see that something is wrong, or incorrect, or stupid, or ridiculous… I’ll be perfectly happy telling everyone so.  And I’ll vote against whatever it is.

This blog is getting a lot of hits and I appreciate many of the sites that have linked back to me.  If I haven’t linked back to you, let me know. However, no one is talking to me.  What I need from the people of Jefferson County and especially those in Port Arthur, Sabine Pass, and environs, is what do you want fixed?  What are the problems that you see?  I’ve mentioned budget, deputies, and citizen access to the Commissioners.  Is their anything else?

Can I fix it if elected… probably not.  But I can start working the problem.  If the Commissioners aren’t willing to listen to the people of Jefferson County, I am.  I’ll listen to you.  I’ll happily discuss the issues and try to come up with some kind of solution.

November 16, 2007 - Posted by | Campaign, Jefferson County, Libertarian, Politics

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