Editor’s note: Indian Trail mayor John Quinn sent in an editorial regarding the county’s decision to investigate the possibility of eliminating paying for commissioners’ healthcare insurance. As his comments were directed at commissioner Todd Johnson, UCW gave Johnson the opportunity to respond.
One of the greatest entrepreneurs of our time, Ray Kroc, founder of McDonald’s, once said, “The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.”
As a county commissioner, my conservative principles are rooted firmly. I thank my parents for showing me true leadership. I cannot just talk the talk; I feel I also must walk the walk.
How sick is it that a commissioner such as I can offer a motion that would affect every county employee, but under state law, I cannot cut my own benefit? Citizens and taxpayers are sick and tired of politicians screaming “Do as I say, not as I do.”
Politicians work for the citizens and not the other way around. It is because of this reason, among many others, that I ran for public office.
First, let’s be truthful Mayor Quinn (of Indian Trail). I never, not once, suggested any commissioner be denied health insurance. All I asked was for staff to see how we might make cuts to our own budgets, i.e. health insurance. Any commissioner can still be part of the system but they, not taxpayers, would have to pay for it out of their own pocket.
No one has ever been or will be, while I’m commissioner, denied the opportunity to participate in a health-care plan. I am not aware of any part-time job in the private sector that pays for full health insurance for an individual and pays 50 percent for dependents as well.
However, as a public servant like you Mr. Quinn, I want to model the commissioners like the Town Council in Indian Trail where you serve. Neither you nor your family receives health care benefits, and nor should part-time public servants like myself.
I’ve been attacked by Mr. Openshaw and now you, Mr. Quinn, in the last few days for standing for less government. In case you haven’t noticed, our country, our state and our county have enormous deficits. I certainly didn’t contribute to this deficit but I will most certainly offer solutions to fix the problem. And I disagree with you, Mr. Quinn, in your assertion that I am not looking to cut spending, as this is just one way to start. As we go through the budget cycle there will be other solutions to free our citizens from the fiscal dependency known as government.
As Thomas Jefferson said, “In matters of style, swim with the current, but in matters of principle, stand like a rock.” I do intend to stand like a rock and I look forward to requesting that our state delegation work to overturn this liberal policy so politicians can quit being so self-serving and return to fiscal sanity. That, Mr. Quinn, is indeed Biblical. We need to stop robbing Peter to pay Paul. I look forward to working with all commissioners to get our house in fiscal order just as every citizen has to do in Union County.
Union County Commissioner