Whose job is it, the politi­cians’ or the con­sul­tants’?

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - EDITORIAL PAGE -

We elect our pub­lic of­fi­cials to rep­re­sent us and guide us to a bet­ter fu­ture. We elect enough of them to our na­tional, state, county and city of­fices to make sure that there is an ad­e­quate num­ber within the group to pos­sess the ed­u­ca­tional qual­i­fi­ca­tions, in­tel­li­gence, ex­pe­ri­ence and ex­per­tise to ac­com­plish the mis­sion as­signed to them. In most cases we pay them enough to com­pen­sate for the work they do. That’s the way it has al­ways been in the past.

How­ever, it is now be­come a com­mon prac­tice for th­ese pub­lic of­fi­cials to shirk their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and hire an out­side con­sul­tant to do the plan­ning and take on the du­ties that th­ese of­fi­cials were elected to do. Th­ese con­sul­tants can paint a rosy pic­ture that does not in­clude where the money for all the great ideas is go­ing to come from.

At the end of the day the pipe dream dwin­dles to noth­ing be­cause the pub­lic of­fi­cials re­al­ize they can’t find the funds to ac­com­plish what the con­sul­tant has pro­posed. With this fail­ure, the pub­lic of­fi­cials can avoid the blame be­cause they will say it was the con­sul­tant’s fault and they had noth­ing to do with it. At this point, all the tax­pay­ers have to show for their hard-earned money is a highly paid con­sul­tant laugh­ing his way back to a bank in Chicago, Dal­las or New York City.

JIM PAR­SONS Bella Vista

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