As Colorado Springs voters head into a municipal election, the Colorado Springs Gazette’s reliably pro-free market, pro-liberty editorial page editor Wayne Laugesen reminds us all that “politicians can’t give you a life.”
We’re taught that elections choose leaders, which isn’t true at all. Elections choose public servants, who should have nominal roles in our lives — even in this age of big, intrusive government. The mayor and council should lack the power to enhance or diminish your life. Mostly, they should oversee a reasonable level of public safety, the efficient maintenance of streets, the sale of water and the sale of utilities. We should not ask for much more, nor should we expect it.
Something for us Denver voters to keep in mind as our own municipal election gets near.