Letter: County shouldn’t depend on feds for sidewalk cash
On Tuesday, April 12 at the Abingdon Elementary School, supervisor Bobby Crewe held a town hall meeting, where plans for Gloucester Point were unveiled.
The Planning Commission spokesperson delineated the plan to add sidewalks to Guinea and Hayes roads some time in the future. She stated that the funds were available or would be available and I asked where the funds came from. I was informed that they come from the federal government.
Here is the problem as I see it.
The U.S. government in Washington is in financial irons. The whole of the debt it has incurred, both funded and unfunded, is, by some estimates well over 55 trillion dollars—$55,000,000,000,000—and more than twice that by other estimates. This debt will never be paid and it is a curse on the American people.
The nation’s cost of debt is accelerating to a point where it is taking an increasingly disproportionate amount of the current budget. The government is also running a sizable and unmanageable deficit of over $1.6 trillion. On an economic standpoint, the nation is no longer creating wealth, but expending and destroying wealth.
Due to the above, whose causes are myriad, at least 535 I can think of, the Federal Reserve has been opening the printing press to full bore. The Federal Reserve has been buying 70 percent of our debt as no one else will buy all we have. The value of the dollar is falling and close to an all-time low. Inflation is close to 10 percent at this time. The value of real money, gold and silver, in relation to the counterfeit paper the Federal Reserve is producing out of thin air, is rapidly increasing.
Since 2000, the purchasing value of the dollar has fallen about 25 percent and there is a serious effort underway internationally to remove the U.S. currency as the world’s reserve currency. When this happens, it will make a very distinct and destructive change in the American people’s way of life. Most likely this will occur overnight.
Destruction of the purchasing power of a currency is a form of theft. It is theft from savers and retired people on pensions and fixed incomes. It is theft from each and every person who has been working producing value during their lives. It is theft from future generations who have not yet been born. It is a direct threat to the rule of law and the Constitution. In other words, it is a fraud, embezzlement and a criminal matter … unfortunately, not indictable and punishable. The bottom line is, the United States government is technically bankrupt. Default on the debt is in serious debate.
How does all this relate to sidewalks on Guinea and Hayes roads? When county government is dependent on the federal government to provide funds for projects, then the county and its people lose a certain amount of their independence. Remember independence? We celebrate it every July 4th.
In addition, by taking federal funds for anything, we are contributing to the problem. One of Washington’s manifest power plays is waving the money flag and by doing so gains power and influence at the local level.
If the people of Gloucester County want sidewalks or any other proposed improvements, let them pay for it with our own funds and stand on our own two feet: Head held high, Eyes straight ahead, Feet planted firmly on the ground, as Free and Independent Citizens, beholden to no one, instead of Washington’s serfs, and lackeys, groveling for federal handouts.
Peter Courtenay Stephens