An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. "A fight is going on inside me," he said to the boy.
"It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil—he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego." He continued, "The other is good—he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you—and inside every other person, too."
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?"
The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."
First People - The Legends. Cherokee Legend of Two Wolves. November 16, 2004. [accessed April 7, 2012].
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Government by vaguenessss in Prince George’s County
Prince George's County has lost its mind. It just approved 240 million in capital bond financed spending. How many people can actually detail what the money will be spent on. More to the point, after building or repairing what ever we just voted for, where will the staffing and program money come from? Having just given our council and executive another raise without saying where the funding will come from, we now will build renovate and repair structures for which h we do not have any money to provide programs or employees. We keep building and developing without actually having any idea as to how we shall fund the resulting ongoing programs and maintenance projects. And we make it nearly impossible to actually know what we are approving by crafting ballot language with no specifics. It goes without saying that we shall find new fees and taxes continuing the endless cycle of uniformed debt obligation. It is almost as if the political class thinks the rest of us are too busy or simply not smart enough to understand what they are doing.
We Prince Georgians need to start today asking each other how our politicians plan to pay for the programs and personnel of any novel capital project that they cook up. We need to tell them to focus on what we have and fix it before adding more to the county's debt load. How will they pay for the programs and people that will be needed to provide support for whatever new project they have in mind? We cannot pave our way to prosperity, nor can we spend our way to success. Transparent accountability in government means clearly stating the project and the long term funding prospects for programs and the staff. If you, our politicians, are going to build something, how will you pay for the infrastructure support, staffing and programs after you pay for the development itself.