|John Boehner, Moi, Doug LaMalfa at LaMalfa Farms 2013|
Of course when one is successful there are always detractors. But hey, that comes with the territory. What fascinates me though is over the last few years, the libnut Jeff Pelline, his rump pal Steve Frisch, along with a few other local yappers like Paul Emery and his buddy Ben, have really done their best to insult me and my legacy here. Now why would that be? I think they are simply jealous of my good looks, success and fame here in the local pond. They are all pretty muttley people if you know what I mean.
When I was elected a long time ago, I defeated a eco woman from Nevada City. Starting on my election night victory the nastiness started in earnest. Of course the race then was full of nastiness against me and my family. The libnuts could not fathom that a building contractor could beat their candidate. They attacked me relentlessly. I also had a hostile press. I learned that if you don't fit into the mold of what those people thought was a good, compliant Supervisor, you must be destroyed and run out of town. I developed a thick skin though. I read so many lies about me and my family. I did my best to stay above the fray and be a statesman. Overall I did, and I served two terms as Chairman. I think I was a very fair person even when the speaker at the rostrum was screaming and name calling.
My philosophy is truly incompatible with the libnuts. I am for progress. I like that people have decent good paying jobs and can take care of themselves and their families without handouts. I fought for all that. And being a builder I was happy to head up the construction of the Rood Center (I named it) and other edifices for the people. The widening of the overpass over the freeway was my deal, along with the great work of Wes Zachary. Old Tunnel Road, the extent ion of Sutton Way, the paving of McCourtney Road, Gracie Road and numerous other streets \makes me proud. Saving the bridge over the Bear River was a good thing.
But of course progress runs head long into the "do nothings" of the community. They did their best to defeat everything. A fight was required for even the smallest piece of progress. And those people are still around today. When I retired from the Board the County population was about 92 thousand. It is only 99 thousand today. So 25 years of stagnation has proven out. All those great paying jobs of the past have morphed into "service jobs" paying minimum wage. I predicted all this back in the 80's. Heck, the libnuts screamed GROWTH INDUCING! with every road built or repaired. Or a water or sewer line installed. They certainly kept the community on edge and in fear of something new and they stifled progress at every step. Boulder Street would have been done in 1992 except for Laurie O's defeat of the funding.
No new housing except a few Habitat structures. So young families left. Rents are sky high and welfare programs are everywhere since people can't find decent paying jobs. Well they can, but they commute to them in the valley. Even getting safety project on our highways was turned into a fight over "growth" by the libnuts. Highway 174 was the first. Save those trees. Yellow ribbons on them. Of course people were getting killed all the time running into those trees but the libnuts could care less. Drive the route now and the trees are thicker than ever. I think trees are growing!
Sure I think dissent is valuable and I do it a lot myself. But for good reasons not for political expediency and trying to get a leg up in local politics. Now many of those dissenters about private economic growth are all CEO's of local eco non-profits drawing huge taxpayer funded salaries in the six figures. What a great scam ripoff eh? These ecolibs want to tear down the dams, stop all tree harvests and keep our nations valuable minerals locked away forever. You can't mine, graze cattle or get the wood to build the nations homes. But these people draw their millions in salaries and use their positions to ratchet down progress into failure everyday.
When my great uncle was Chief Building Inspector back in the 60's, a building permit and septic permit were $25 and only two inspections were necessary. Now it is five figures for a building permit, add more for site plans, septic plans, energy plans and encroachment permits and you have many thousands spent prior to turning one shovel full of earth! Oh, and now "carbon taxes" charged for your very life as you are a carbon based life-form. Amazing! But out of all this is a full time workforce of what I call "takers". They don't produce anything. They regulate everything. And for a price. Just look at the extortion developers paid the Truckee area ecolib non profits.A double whammy on the "makers" of America. Any wonder the national debt is approaching 20 trillion dollars?
I sometimes wonder how our country has become the greatest ever. I think it is because people over our history have tried to circumvent all those "good intentions" foisted on them by the politicians the self proclaimed "do-gooders". People got very successful by following the law but exploiting the loopholes. Then the loopholes get closed and people have to get even more creative to make it and survive. As we see, the do-gooders have passed millions of laws over time. At all levels of government these people have decided you are unable to make your life your own. So these millions of laws ratchet down your freedoms and you must comply or be jailed or fined.
When someone comes along like a Todd, the libnuts and the PC police do their best to mock and destroy them. Saul Alinsky wrote "Rules for Radicals" way back when. And it was not for people like me but for the libnuts and econuts. People like me were a danger to their ripoff lifestyle of all you hardworking suckers out there. They easily swayed you with talk of apocalypse. Whether it was the fantasy of Rachael Carson or the phony "hockey stick" of the Hansen scam, they convinced enough weak kneed politicians and phony academics to agree or else. You want you grant money? Then get on board and scare the children just like the Grinch. One only needs to read the local and national papers to see the constant scare tactics. Hey does that little old woman in western Kenya care? She walks miles a day to gather firewood to cook dinner. I wonder if she knows these libnuts hate her guts. Well, her "carbon footprint".
Over the last 30 years I have been honored to see the libnuts of our community as well as some econut authors cry the blues that I am still a thorn in their keisters. They have done their best to shut me up and run me out of town. But I am still here. Maybe all I do to alert the community to the dangers these "takers" foist on them are for nothing. Maybe. But I think the people at least get to hear another side. Each phony website and post about me and my intentions are a badge of courage in my my view. Years ago the libnuts actually did a play at the Nevada Theater attacking me for CABPRO. As Frank Sinatra used to sing,
"You got me under your skin". Or something like that.