Quartzsite-La Paz County: Microcosm of the State of the Nation?

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Demographics are everything, so the MSM and pollsters say.  I’ll give them that and not argue with my “betters.”   My Dad always said, let everything be an object lesson.  So, I take the La Paz County/Quartzsite situation very seriously and compare it to the current Debt Ceiling standoff. 

The LaPaz County situation in a nutshell appears to be:

In past years of relative prosperity, elected officials signed a contract with a private company to provide a service they thought would be beneficial on some level.  Subsequently, there was a parting of the ways and the resulting court of appeals judgement of $9.5 Million was laid on the people of La Paz County.

The elected officials of La Paz County have run out the clock with bickering, blustering, politicking, cronyism and partisan wrangling in town meeetings to the point the judgement has now reached $14 Million and continues to climb.  

The citizens are coming unglued for very a understandable reason. It’s the same reason the Tea Parties formed. 

Look at the demographics of  La Paz County according to the 2010 Census to understand the mountain of local debt they’re facing   — piled on top of all the state and federal taxes they’re already burdened with:

Total Population                                                                                                    20,489   

Persons under 18 years old      24.5 %   (not in full time workforce)                          Persons 65 and older                 33.1 %  (not in full time workforce)                                                                 57.6% of people not in full time workforce

 Total Households between 2004-2009                                                         9,530         

Median Income Per Household                                                                      $ 30,939          Per Capita Income                                                                                                $ 20,050

In a depressed economy with lowered wage expectations, few job opportunites and increasing debt obligations, any population is a powderkeg waiting to explode.   With a median income of less than $31,000 per household to cover federal, state and local taxes plus housing, transportation, utilities, clothing and food; how are less than ten thousand households going to come up with the money to pay off the additonal $14 Million that resulted from the bad decisions and dithering of their incompetent elected officials ?

Like La Paz County, Arizona; every state, county, city and town has elected officials who’ve signed contracts heaping their citizens in greater and greater indebtedness…. and that’s not counting the federal debt ceiling Obama wants to raise.  Like LaPaz County, the federal government has us in bondage to all the nations that hold our promissory notes.

To quote Bette Davis as Margot Channing in ALL ABOUT EVE, “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night.” 

This is fair warning to every candidate seeking office at every level of government.  ~LTG

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3 responses to “Quartzsite-La Paz County: Microcosm of the State of the Nation?

  1. Grannie, ingenious and very apt comparison of the debt problem of Quartzsite-La Paz with our NATIONAL debt. Does this presage another parallel — like the tyrannical city council of Quartzsite, Obama too will declare a state of emergency and impose martial law on America?

  2. lowtechgrannie

    If the debt burden is not addressed by all levels of government, we may all be facing a Quartzsite-syle future.

    It seems like the political class thinks that continously spending taxpayer money is their job description. Chris Christie is the only politician I can think of who doesn’t see government in that light.

  3. https://powerandpolitic.wordpress.com/2011/07/19/chief-jeff-gilbert-guilty-or-not-guilty-find-out/

    Just to give you a piece of the article.

    Below is the town of Quartzsite’s Code Enforcement Policy. I am just going to say it. Your town is screwing you every day by having the most lenient regulations. Instead of suing the town and town employees try changing the town’s rules, add more restrictions to the council and town employees. They are able to run this town into the ground and harass, intimidate and push any one around they like because there is not enough regulations to stop them. It’s called beating the system when you are the system. If I lived in Quartzsite I would be rounding up all the locals that have any experience with politics, law enforcement, and a judicial or law background and start writing provisions until you are able to protect the people from the elected and appointed.


    People of Quartzsite. Fight back by writing new provisions to control your chief of police, city council, town manager, etc. Quit letting them run all over. Require the City Council to have an ethics committee. Address the duties of the Police Chief and make sure his duties do not consist of enforcing code violations before code violations are even presented to the property owner or tenant. This town is not going to get better until the townspeople play the political and legal game that town officials think they are getting away with. Anyone can write a proposition, ordinance, etc. Get them through the council, get support from the majority, then film the whole thing and we will be back to make a scene, as professionals of course. Use an ethics committee to define what is appropriate, regulate the officials, and define what their penalties are for violations. This town is vague and only defines what penalties there are for the people not the officials as well.

    By creating an ethics committee you are creating a checks and balances for your city officials and defining the penalties for such violations. The citizens of Quartzsite can also implement through the council or ethics committee a progress report presented during city council meetings that are open to the public. The progress report should be based on a performance evaluation submitted by the citizens prior to each quarterly review from the ethics committee.


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