Harris letter: Human nature plays into decision on town of IL

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There are some laws I have not heard discussed regarding the proposed Indian Land incorporation. They are laws of human nature.
The first is the Law of Unintended Consequences. This law says that no matter how much thinking and planning you do, any activity has unintended consequences. And the more complex the activity, the more unintended consequences will occur.
Those in favor of incorporation paint a rosy picture of Indian Land seizing its own destiny and living happily ever after, without being controlled by those greedy folks south of S.C. 5 who just want to live off our taxes.
The truth is, no one knows what we will get with incorporation. No one knows what the final budget for operating a town will be, though certainly a multiple of the proposed budget. No one knows who will be elected to positions of power in the new government, and what their agenda might be.
The only certainty is that there will be another layer of government to deal with, answer to, and pay for.
This leads us to the second law – the Law of Bureaucracy. This law states that once a bureaucracy is established, the unwritten agenda of the bureaucrats is to protect and extend the bureaucracy. The purpose for which the bureaucracy was formed is secondary.
Ludwig von Mises wrote a very long and boring book entitled “Bureaucracy” that explains the concept, if you need a sleep aid and would like to read it.
The third law is the Law of Good Intentions. This law states that good intentions pave the road to hell.
I was introduced to this law by my political science professor at Clemson in the 1960s, and I have seen it play out over and over since then. Listen to any politician who is introducing a new law filled with good intentions.
We know what we have currently. We know the cost of the government we have. We see them making great strides to handle the tremendous growth that has been thrust upon the Panhandle in the last 20 years. I personally think they are doing an admirable job.
What will we get with incorporation? Nobody really knows. The laws I’ve outlined are not meant to be a joke. They are real.
No one can predict how an incorporated Indian Land will play out. If we take this step, it is truly a roll of the dice.
Dr. Robert Harris
Indian Land