Before launching into his next rant against the federal government, Commissioner Richard Rothschild may want to revisit the popular fable of the boy who cried wolf because, with each new conspiracy theory he embraces, his credibility slips a little further.

The board of commissioners last week was considering a $5.6 million bond allocation to help provide mortgage financing for first-time home buyers when Rothschild launched into a 6-minute tirade against the federal Housing and Urban Development agency.

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"Americans are witnessing the conversion of our federal agencies into Marxist change agents," Rothschild said.

Previously, Rothschild has called efforts at conservation and sustainability a United Nations plot to take over the world, he has said education standards are an attempt by the federal government to brainwash our children with government propaganda and, in the Second Amendment resolution passed by the board he included a provision to start a citizen militia for when government collapses.

A healthy skepticism of government growth and reach is a good thing, but just as the boy in Aesop's fable found after crying wolf numerous times, the villagers soon grew weary of his constant shouts and eventually stopped coming to help, even when a wolf actually did appear.

Rothschild's rant last week should be of particular concern because his grandstanding speech about the evils of government had nothing to do with the topic that was being discussed at the time. The conclusion to be reached is that either he does not know the difference between various programs and what they do, or his penchant for embracing government conspiracies under every rock is consuming every aspect of his life to the point where he cannot control his outbursts.

In either case, like the villagers who began to ignore the boy who cried wolf, residents may want to view things Rothschild says with a healthy dose skepticism.

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