I know - you're wondering why this is the title...isn't that a given??? But...
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio is holding hearings in the Toledo-area as a result of rate increase request by Toledo Edison. Of course, this area has some of the highest utility rates in the state and our elected officials have been clamoring for rate reductions - or no increases - for years. They all say they'll work to reduce those rates because they have such a detrimental impact on residents and our ability to attract and retain businesses. They go on about how these companies need to keep their costs down so the area can prosper.
So what's hypocritical? Aren't these admirable positions to take? Well, they would be if this was a consistent approach to things which cost too much and should be reduced - like the cost of local government.
Increased costs of government have the same detrimental impacts on residents and businesses as high utility costs do, but somehow the similarity escapes our elected officials. Imagine the lower tax rates, less regulation and smaller government that would result if these same elected officials applied their 'utility cost logic' to something over which they had some control - and legal authority.
I can only wish our local elected officials would be as diligent with government costs as they are with those of utility companies.