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Dreaming of Caracas on Little Traverse Bay?


Emmet Responsible Government (ERG) got mentioned several times during the public comment portion* of this past Monday night’s Emmet County Board of Commissioners meeting.


ERG was flattered. One lady even read one of our blog posts aloud. LOL.


But we are also puzzled.


The fact that Chair/Commissioner Rich Ginop has had ties to our grassroots group was a complaint that was oft repeated. So what? Some of the other commissioners on the Emmet board also have ties to civic, political, religious, and community groups (much more important and fancier than ours) that champion mass transit, affordable housing, sketchy grants, millages, vaccines, and limitless, irresponsible government. We didn’t hear any complaints from the audience about any of those affiliations.


Another redundant comment: Chair Ginop is supposed to represent “everybody,” not just like-minded constituents. That is impossible. We often disagree with the lone Democrat on the board and the partisan slant he projects, but we don’t expect him to represent ‘everybody’ when he votes the opposite of what we’d prefer. We get it. He won on a platform appealing to liberals. He does not ‘represent’ the conservatives in District 7, ideologically speaking. And he certainly didn’t ‘represent’ the pro-medical freedom viewpoint when he served on the Board of Health. So, how could he represent “everybody”?


Finally, why all the enthusiasm for a (redundant) nutrition grant (Nutrition & Healthy Lifestyles Initiative) where a fraction of the money actually goes to the schools? The largesse goes to the HDNW and the Groundwork non-profit. That strikes us as administrative-centric, not fruit and vegetable centric.



Unfettered bureaucracy is what caused, in no small part, the fall of a once mighty South American nation. As one analyst has noted, “The bureaucracy in Venzuela is basically a layer, or some would argue, a class, of people which hinders productivity and efficiency and has a virtual monopoly on decision making, and resource allocation.”


Mistaking government for a charity or non-profit is a form of socialism. Straying from the proper role of government - to protect life, liberty, and property - can cause economic and moral collapse. It also diminshes the free market and personal responsibility. So, no thanks, to Caracas on Little Traverse Bay.


As for Rich Ginop, who had to endure a long night and still remained strong at the conclusion of it, bien hecho!


* Comments start at the 8:30 mark.

Note: Where the idea for this blog's headline comes from.

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Tom Banks
Tom Banks
May 11, 2023

Our Emmet county board of commissioners is interrupting the free flow of taxpayer monies to organizations that:

A. seek to enrich their own financial bottom line and

B. sow the seeds of disruption of the economic well being of citizens and non-citizens by distorting sound decision making by fostering government dependency.

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bfbridge
May 11, 2023

Lol! ERG is very popular with liberals 😁 They just can't keep away from you!

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Lou Zako
Lou Zako
May 10, 2023

Excellent post! The other day, while reading Lynn Hyatt Brown's comment, lamenting the fact that Emmet County Commission chair, Rich Ginop, had ties to Emmet Responsible Government, which apparently compromises his policy positions, led me to the conclusion that my ties to my church, to the Republican Party, to conservative friends, compromises my views and my opinions. I just love "liberals/progressives/radical leftists." Their world is as follows: My way or the highway. Apparently their pagan god, Joe Biden, is not compromised by money from the Chinese.

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lynnhyattbrown
May 10, 2023
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Mr. Zako, kindly reread my comment. Surely you didn’t mean to, but you have completely misrepresented my comment. I am NOT "lamenting" anything. I very much enjoy everything about Emmet RG and all your alls views!! Furthermore, your associations are cool. I don’t see where your or Mr Ginop’s policy positions are “compromised” at all. (I think you are mostly wrong, but I respect your views.)


Upon rereading sir, you will confirm that my comment points out that Mr. Ginop was in FACT associated with Emmet RG and it's completely fair for one of his colleagues to note such - no "lamenting", NONE. Mr. Zako, I won't put words in your mouth, and perhaps you could refrain from putting words i…

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lynnhyattbrown
May 10, 2023

You really don't get it? "Emmet RG" is shorthand for a particular narrow point of view. It's a little surprising that you all are "puzzled".

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