Michael MurphyRoseville's City Council Soft & Cuddly?

Roseville's City Council improves by a hair!


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Michael Patrick Murphy, Placer County LP Vice Chair, Candidate for CA State Assembly District 4
1st of March, 2006

A few weeks ago, I attended the Roseville City Council meeting. While speaking, I was rudely interrupted and had to address the City Attorney in order to attempt to finish my point about local spending on fun and pretty things while the country is at war in Iraq and Afghanistan, or at war almost anywhere when you consider where terrorists against the United States now come from. Yesterday, I went to their March 1st meeting and re-roasted them, but not until Mayor Garbolino warned me that I wouldn't be allowed to campaign there.

I asked her, "campaign for what?"

She replied, "we all know you're running for the State Assembly."

I said, "Thank you!"

She said, "There I go, I just campaigned for you."

I didn't explain, due to my three minute limitation, that last time I only wanted to point out that I felt it was wrong for the council to use their non-partisan titles to endorse partisan candidates in their campaigns, hence campaigning themselves. Apparently they can campaign as council folks, but I can't campaign at the council, let alone mention that I am running for office while they continually use their bully pulpit to perform vote getting activities such as a having the girl scouts lead in the Pledge of Allegiance, which in addition to making the council seem cuddly to the girl scouts' parents, shows how brain washed our youth already are under the age of twelve. To understand this, you must read my article on the history and use of the Pledge of Allegiance that in summation represents the opposite of what America is all about. The founders envisioned the first time where a government would pledge its allegiance to the people and not the other way around. Of course, the same Americans that believe in borrowing over saving pledge their allegiance to the government.

Roseville's becoming more and more communist.

They should call it "Roseville, City of Redistribution." I warned Roseville of the coming financial bubble where the average American owes the government $500,000 and then an additional $90,000 of private debt. Foreclosures are up, home sales are slowing, unemployment is high and layoffs are certain. Yet the City of Roseville still spends money like there's no tomorrow.

The City of Roseville underscored my point!

On the menu that night was the $60,000 funding of the local arts. Already, the city arts were in trouble with poor board attendance and a seeming lack of interest and competition from the private sector at the $35,000 level of last year. The solution? Add another $25,000 to the City budget. That ought to fix things. Boy does the city sound dumb or what? You'd certainly never know our kids are fighting for their lives on distant shores, would you?

I told the Council that this funding underscored my point about spending money of fun and pretty while a war is underway. I said, that being a Rocklin resident, what they do in Roseville is pretty much non of my personal business, but that it was socialism and that the city had no business in the arts. After all, the private sector donations should be adequate unless the residents simply don't care that much about the arts. If the residents don't care that much, then the city has no business funding the arts with their tax dollars.

With that I told them I'd take my "County rear end" with me and get out of their hair .

I think I demonstrated that we Libertarians are not so easily brow beaten. I think the Council will listen to us in the future, but what I'd really like is to see a Roseville Libertarian stand up and be counted as the only tax-payer advocate at the meetings. I feel that I made a difference over the years in Rocklin's spending habits. Call me if you're interested in doing something meaningful for your fellow residents in Roseville as the Roseville representative of the Libertarian Party.

By the way, Jim Agnew is now our new Rocklin Representative. Let's give him a hand for standing tall in Rocklin! Now I can start programs in the other cities and at the state level. California, here I come!

The Solution to what ails Roseville

Roseville residents need only do a few things to straighten out their council.

  1. Go to the City Hall and ask for a record of the Councilmen's campaign funding. Then you can follow the money and find out who they really work for, if not for you. Don't be disappointed in the size of the paperwork and make sure they give you the most recent books, not just the old ones.
  2. Go to the council meetings, grab the Agenda at the front door and then listen carefully. Remember their names. Watch how much the City borrows or is dependent on stable property taxes that might go down in a fiscal calamity. Remember Ben Franklin's warning. The government that governs least, governs best!" Look for a leaner more efficient government that does a few things well rather than too many things badly. Think of the money they spend as your own money.
  3. When you find something you don't understand, ask a question.
  4. When you see something you don't like, tell the council.
  5. If they don't do as you ask and you still think that you were right, tell all of your friends and write the newspaper. Then vote them out of office during the next election.
  6. Consider running for office yourself.


Volunteers are needed to Run Against Rocklin City Council and Placer County Supervisor Incumbents. Let's bring social and economic freedom back to Placer County!
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Mike's views do not necessarily represent the views of the Placer County Libertarian Party Mike can be reached at mmurphy@americanliberty.org
Michael Patrick Murphy is the author of The Government, ISBN 0-595-30863-5