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By:  Hood Richardson

The purchase of a $64,000 farm tractor to plant seed plots for seed companies is not the only misuse of tax money by the rulers on the Beaufort County Commission.  If it were known, it would be headlined across the State of North Carolina.  We have become numbed by the thousands of misappropriations by counties, states and the federal government. 

Should we allow government to continue to waste, misappropriate and spend our hard-earned money as they please.   The answer is “no!”  We have difficulty in objecting to what state and federal governments does with our money.  They are so far away, barricaded themselves with bureaucrats, laws and regulations in a maze, that is takes a lot of time and effort to navigate. 

That is not the case with county government.  Decision makers are close.  We can see, talk to and communicate with county commissioners.  We can let them know how we feel about using our money for their favorite charities and people.  We can bump into commissioners on the street or see them at the grocery store.

Within about one month we can vote for or against some of them.  If we vote for commissioners who are abusing us we invite them to continue abusing us.  If we vote for someone else we may elect another abuser but we have a chance of electing someone who will look after our interests.  Changing out abusing commissioners sends a strong message to the new commissioner.

The Beaufort County budget work book has a “pork barrel“ page.  It is called “Outside Agencies”.  That page gives away $447,000 in the 2022-23 fiscal year.  The Fake Frankie Waters” gang of four” does not require that there be any audits or certifications or that the money given is accounted for in any way.  Truth be known, we have no idea how this money is spent.

Some of those receiving money are the Aurora Recreation Department $4,500, Bath Recreation Department $6,000, Belhaven Recreation Department $10,000, Chocowinity Recreation Department $7,200,  Pantego Recreation $4,950, Washington Recreation $20,000 and Washington Park Recreation $1,620.  All of the property owners in these towns pay Beaufort County taxes.  Does it make sense to tax people and then give the money back to them.  What do the rest of the citizens of Beaufort County get---a tax bill, with no rebate.  Each of these towns has the ability to levy taxes and to my knowledge, all  use their taxing authority. 

Who benefits from the tax rebate process?  The politicians who promise to give them the money.  These city governments smile favorably on them during elections.  In this case the Fake Frankie Waters “gang of four” benefits on election day.  I, for one, refuse to take money from people across the County and give it to town governments who have the ability to raise this money using their own tax authority.

Other charities receiving donations to are the Aurora Fossil  Museum $2,000, the Belhaven Memorial Museum $1,000, Washington Senior Center $20,000, Literacy Volunteers $2,500, Beaufort County Arts Council $20,000, Highway 17 Transportation Association $20,000, Citizens On Southside Together $2,000, Eagles Wings $2,000, Ruth’s House $2,000, NC Estuarium $15,000, Cornerstone $5,000, Tourism Promotion $15,000, Pantego Academy $1,500, Zion Shelter $10,000, Inter Banks Stem Center $5,000, Agape $25,000, Second Judicial District  Recovery Court $10,000, and  Beaufort/Hyde Partnership for Children $10,000.

We donate to youth services.  Beaufort County donates $2,000 to Pamlico Pals and $40,000 to the Boys and Girls Club.

I do not contend that these are unworthy causes  or that they do no good.  I do contend that the average tax payer, working for a living, should not have his tax money misused   Government has no obligation to contribute to charities.

In order to get on the government dole many of the organizations will place a County Commissioner on the their board and then pressure him into advocating for them.  I have observed that it works every time.  There is a strong tendency not to remove charities once on the handout list.  The “unwritten rule” is “you scratch my back and I’ll scratch your’s” or “if you vote for my wish list I will vote for your’s.” 

There are many other handouts for the “social good of humanity” squirreled away in other places in the budget.  The Health Department and Social Services Department are full of them.  Things like clean needles for drug users and prophylactics for teenagers. Some of that is paid or by grants but the taxpayer has expenses in it too. It is not just the farm tractor over at the ASCS office, there are plows, cultivator, spraying equipment, seeders, and fertilizer spreaders.

Most charities do good work.  It is dishonest for elected officials to use the police power of the state to demand tax money and then use it to support charities and as liberal politicians say “to do good with it.”  In most cases the doing good is for politicians to make themselves look good at the expense of the citizens. 

Fake Frankie Waters with his “gang of four” are simply buying votes.  Those of us who are opposed to these unethical practices usually lose votes.

The next time you are talking to one of the Gang of Four ask them:  “what is your definition of ‘The General Welfare’ as contained in the Preamble of the U. S. Constitution.  Our Founders believed that government taxation should be used for the “general welfare.”   That is, everyone has equal access to the money being spent.  They opposed taxation for the benefit of special interests.  That is sound government policy.  Ask one of the so-called Republicans whether they support this founding principle.  They can’t have it both ways:  Believe in the Founding Principles and using taxes to benefit only a select group. 

But the voters have another chance to put an end to this racket.  Vote for Stan Deatherage or Tandy Dunn in November.  They understand smaller government, limited government, and the use of your money to provide only what individuals cannot provide for themselves.


Should Beaufort County's Commissioners fund more projects, while adding to the county government work force, or, should these servants to the People work to cut wasteful spending, and give the taxpayers of Beaufort County a break on taxes, possibly starting a new purpose for their existence?
  Yes, please spend more; so much needs to be done in Beaufort County, and we need more government employees doing it.
  No, please work to be frugal; more mindful that this is the public's money, and return to taxpayers what is not absolutely needed.
  Why should I pay attention to stuff?
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( September 16th, 2022 @ 12:59 pm )
Non-conservatives often do try to use the word "conservative". Tillis and McConnell are examples of that. These days, it is best to look at specific policies rather than an overall label. When one does that, Stan Deatherage has supported conservative principles down the line on gun rights, spending and taxes, election integrity, illegal immigration, and just about any issue one can think of. On the other hand, Frankie Waters has supported the liberal position on each of those issues and more.
( September 16th, 2022 @ 11:18 am )
I don't mean to come off as too professorial, but, obviously, many Republicans that latch on to the "Conservative" label or brand without actually knowing anything about what it means to be Conservative, and to vote Conservative, whether it is for the Right candidate, or what to expect as to what real Conservative political leaders truly are like, and how we must represent what we consider to be our real Conservative constituents' interests.

I do wish Republicans that clearly are NOT Conservatives would stop attributing that word to themselves in such a willy-nilly manner. It just ain't fitt'n'.

So how do we correct this? In short education; educating others as to what is real, because here in Beaufort County that is sorely lacking, especially in what passes as the local GOP Executive Committee.

There is just so much tripe emanating from that environment where a party that I helped to fundamentally build is becoming more like a chamber of commerce construct, fraught with petty shallowness, and this total lack of a sense of what is the true mission - to survive as a Constitutional Republic.

This concept is totally lost on them as a group, and it fundamentally saddens me.
( September 16th, 2022 @ 8:21 am )
Rev. Wortman's religious background may mean she sees conservatism only through the lens of social issue conservatism. She may not comprehend what a fiscal conservative is. She clearly does not understand the conservative approach to taxing and spending.

On our present county commission, we only have two strong fiscal conservatives, Stan Deatherage and Hood Richardson. On the other end of the spectrum are the three spendthrifts who vote in lockstep to keep taxes high with their overspending - Frankie Waters, Ed Booth, and Jerry Langley. They are three peas in a left wing pod on spending. The other two commissioners vacillate back and forth on spending issues, sometimes voting as fiscal conservatives and sometimes as spendthrifts.

Longtime Republican Congressman Walter Jones was mentioned earlier, and he was cut from the same cloth on budget votes as Deatherage and Richardson. In representing our district, he was a very strong fiscal conservative, and he routinely voted against any budget that overspent, and that was almost every budget. There were times that RINO Speaker Boehner would do a budget deal with Obama and twist arms of Republicans to vote for it, but Walter Jones always said NO and voted for the taxpayers, not the swamp. Deatherage and Richardson have the same backbone on spending issues. We need more like them. Hopefully Tandy Dunn will put spendthrift Frankie Waters out to pasture.
( September 15th, 2022 @ 10:51 pm )
Obviously, there are uninformed voters that do not know the difference between conservatives and RINOs. I would suggest the reading of the republican party platform and then determine if County commissioners (republicans) vote according to the ethical, moral standards of the party. Jyst because a person is registered as a republican, does not mean he/she adheres to the party platform. The person suggesting that Commissioners Richardson and Deatherage are not conservative obviously do not k iw the meaning of CONSERVATIVE. I challenge everyone to attend a commissioners mtg. And listen to certain commissioners that are opposed to investigating the number of illegals in BC and the cost to the tax payers. And, speaking about commissioners with derision, that believe the border should be closed in order to control fentanyl and drug dealers should be put in jail as a means if curtailing substance abuse. I thought true republucans believed in border security and drug dealers going to jail.
( September 15th, 2022 @ 3:24 pm )
Donna, I had the mistaken impression you were a conservative, but your comment opened my eyes. The biggest RINO on the county commission is Frankie Waters, a longtime Democrat who was apparently recruited to switch parties just before his first election and run as a fake Republican in what the Democrats call their "super sleepers". He has voted like a Democrat ever since he has been on the commission. Real Republicans do not vote for a budget that overspends and / or overtaxes whether it is in Washington, DC, Raleigh, or here. Walter Jones was a great conservative in Congress who made it his trademark to vote against bad budgets, even upsetting RINO House leadership to do so.
( September 15th, 2022 @ 2:40 pm )
Wow Donna, spoken like a true democrat.
( September 15th, 2022 @ 2:04 pm )
( September 15th, 2022 @ 1:51 pm )
Donna Wortman, at least some of us have to be fully honest, with full working brains, to balance all the others out.

That is just the real of it. Why do you think Hood and Stan get elected and re-elected all these many terms?

In fact, one of my greatest ambitions here on this, the largest online publication in the history of this immediate region, is to help others, in this Representative Republic, to also be "fully honest and with full working brains." Only then, can we all win with a smarter, more honest electorate to elect far wiser elected officials.
( September 15th, 2022 @ 1:22 pm )
I find it interesting that you’re supposedly
A Republican but yet are seen here “skinning” another one. We’re hoping that the 2 usually fake “conservative” commissioners who don’t vote for budgets and how to spend our money aka Hood, Stan will be voted out 22&24. These 2 are true fakes and are a poison to our county government.
( September 15th, 2022 @ 8:10 am )
It should be up to each of us where our money is donated. I find no reason to donated to any of the charities listed any longer since my money is already being donated to them by way of my taxes.
I do find it interesting that the county commissioners are giving to charities but yet the Beaufort County Animal Shelter is constantly asking for donations for food, cleaning supplies, money for a new sign, etc. Why cannot the county any longer supply food to feed the animals in its care? Sept. 12, they received donations of food from a drive held at Tractor Supply, quote from AC "We now have plenty of food for out shelter babies!" Aug 31 "The shelter is in desperate need of large breed dog food!" Aug 31 asking for donations of pelletized bedding that they use for cat litter. Aug. 18 the shelter was asking for donations of wet puppy food, dry dog food, hand towels, low splash bleach and dog houses. I could continue but you get the idea. At one time the county provided food for the animals, cat litter, cleaning supplies, etc. Why have they stopped doing this?

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