There have been many articles regarding the Briarbrook Golf Course in the past few weeks. Some are interesting and others, well I will leave that to your imagin-ation.

I believe in pure capi-talism, as defined by Webster’s Dictionary: “An economic system characterized by freedom of the market with increasing concentration of private and corporate ownership of production and distribution means, proportionate to increasing accumulation and reinvestment of profits.”

What is capitalism in laymen’s terms? It is private investment, to secure a “profit.” What does this have to do with the Briarbrook Golf Course? A great question. Let’s try to get to the heart of the matter, as many people see it.

Should the town of Carl Junction purchase the Briarbrook Golf Course? It is an interesting question, because if you are a true capitalist, then your answer has to be “no.” This is based on the definition of capitalism that states quite clearly a private and corporate ownership. But some can say that government is a corporate entity, and they may be very correct.

Let’s look at the view of the government as a business entity. Medicare, Housing and Urban Development, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac — these institutions are not profitable and they are not run on the simple business model that revenue minus cost equals profit.

In all the articles I have read, and the information that has been presented, I have not heard the most obvious. How is this venture to pay back the taxpayers of the great city of Carl Junction? I have heard the costs, but I can’t seem to get a report of the revenues that are projected?

How can we, the loyal subjects of Carl Junction, vote for something that we don’t have all the information on? I always thought government worked for the people, as the Constitution states, “We the People,” not “We the Government.”

Do we, the citizens of Carl Junction, vote blindly in the night, or do we stand up, demand an accounting from our elected officials, and then vote our freedom of expression? I choose the latter.

I always dislike people with complaints, but no resolve on a plan, so I will given them a plan. It’s very simple. It’s called capitalism. There have been numerous owners of the property, and for different reasons, they have not been able to become a profitable venture. I would like to see the city’s plans for its financial commitment. What is the long-term frame for the city to recoup its taxes? Or, is this a long-term tax on the citizens? How much investment will it take to bring the property to operating capacity? How much will it cost for the citizens to use the facility? How much capital will it take to bring the course back up to par? The swimming pool and the clubhouse — for anyone that voted there in the last election in November — appeared to be a mess.

These are questions that should have been answered before the steps were taken to go down this road. This, I propose, is the fault of our city council and when they fail you, they need to stand up and resign or someone else needs to stand up and take their place.

They work for the taxpayers and no one else, even special interest groups like the Men of Briarbrook.

This is a tough time for everyone. There are job losses, increased tax burdens, and an already-committed bond issue.

We all must think this out for ourselves. Do we increase our tax burden for some pleasure now, or do we wait and as Dave Ramsey says, “Live like no one else, so tomorrow I can live like no one else?”

I will leave you with this thought: “What good has debt done for you lately?” If we agree to purchase this, we all go more into debt, as “the borrower is the servant to the lender.”

Ronald Brewer lives in the Briarbrook area of Carl Junction.

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