He campaigned for less regulation and smaller government, which he described on his campaign website to be “overreaching, overspending, and over regulating(.)” He even said that current government operation is “Orwellian” in over-extension of its authority.
But now he’s complaining that he can’t regulate enough.
In the middle of his very first council meeting on January 31, Byars commented “It’s exasperation, really, with what you can’t control,” according to the Post & Courier.
He made the comment in reference to county budget cuts that are needed, and due to an anticipated $4 million drop in state funds for Dorchester.
And just what are the cuts that Byars can’t make? As the article specifies, they are a lay-off of personnel in departments not overseen by County Council, a trimming of basic public services required by the state, and federally-required funding of the benefits for county employee retirees.
In other words, it’s the programs that County Council doesn’t control that Byars seems upset about. And for someone who campaigned for smaller government and lesser government control to now complain that his government office can’t control things that operate under other government authorities – right on the first day of his new government job, not to mention – is nothing but hypocrisy.
Big Brother Byars needs to learn a few things quickly: County Council doesn’t have authority over every single county office. County Council can’t overrule state law. County Council can’t supersede federal regulations.
And if there’s anything “Orwellian” about government, it’s folks like him. He campaigned on a platform of less government and supposedly more freedom, but on his first day wanted to extend authority of government to unreachable extremes, and to restrict offerings that help folks maintain freedom. And now he's complaining that he can't.