Behnke quotes SWAP Coordinator as follows: "We've been pushing for this increase"... "more and more we're receiving grant applications with climate change as a component, and that's a good sign."/>


Behnke quotes SWAP Coordinator as follows: "We've been pushing for this increase"... "more and more we're receiving grant applications with climate change as a component, and that's a good sign."/> What a horrible concept | News, Sports, Jobs - SANIBEL-CAPTIVA - Island Reporter, Islander and Current
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What a horrible concept

By Staff | Dec 10, 2009

To the editor,

In the Dec. 3, 2009 issue of the Island Reporter, Patricia Behnke of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, reports the “good news” – the state will receive “grants” totaling an estimated $3.2 million from the federal government for our State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP).

Behnke quotes SWAP Coordinator as follows: “We’ve been pushing for this increase”… “more and more we’re receiving grant applications with climate change as a component, and that’s a good sign.”

Before discussion of the word “grants,” which Webster defines as a “gift,” one wonders what bureaucrat devised the use of the word “grant” rather than the direct word”gift.” Call it what you want – it’s the disbursement of our country’s wealth.

However, many would prefer to say it’s merely the use of federal funds. The last time I checked, the federal government is in the red to the tune of $11.4 trillion (that’s $11,400,000,000,000) and growing. How do we pay this debt? Taxes. Oh, you mean government’s only source of money to pay these grants/gifts is taxes? What a horrible concept.

Another example of our country’s good intentions occurred in Detroit, where gifts of $150-plus were made to individuals. A television reporter questioned a lady “Where did the money come from?” The lady replied, “Obama.” Most of us, at the time, thought the occurrence was amusing. Obama, obviously, didn’t provide the money, the future taxpayers will.

When will the citizens realize there are no government funds?

But is there any difference in that Detroit lady’s reaction than most of our own reaction to the Florida grant/gift that is going to stop earth warming or whatever? It is federal funds, so why worry?

The traditional and prevalent reply to anyone questioning the taking of federal grants/gifts is that if we don’t take it, someone else will. That is the mindset that justifies one’s accepting such grants/gifts. Unfortunately, until some principled parties realize that our debt grows not only by the billions, but also by the millions, we are destined to continue down the same unprincipled path.

Dale Armstrong

Sanibel