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Government Favors

On March 4th, at the Okaloosa County Commission regular meeting, Undersheriff Don Adams asked the Commissioners to make a special requirement before issuing a permit for the Victoria Secret/Pink promotion group party that happened last week. He asked the County to allow only off-duty Sheriff’s personnel to supply security as a condition of the permit at a cost of approximately $348 to the promoters. The County Commissioners unanimously agreed.

In a true spirit of going along to get along, a representative of the promotion group did not object, but at its core he was allowing government to use its power to issue permits to force him to purchase security that benefitted members of a government agency, namely, the Sheriff’s Office. I can only presume he gave up his power of choice over security to avoid problems with the permit as a whole.

It seems so small and innocent to give the Sheriff deputies a break, but this is a misuse of the power of law. Government isn’t there to give special favors to anyone, especially those who work for the government. The purpose of government is to protect individual rights, and not to presume it can determine winners and losers in the economy.

The Commissioners should have voted this down, but that doesn’t seem to be how we do business in the USA anymore.

Pete Blome

Chair, Northwest Florida Libertarian Party

 

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