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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Sometimes I just don't get people

I've posted before about the craziness of our town government. We're building a huge expensive new high school designed by a "famous" architect that is a monument to the Mayor. Why? Because when the town was asked to vote on the site plan, they approved it. Note: I didn't vote for the site plan, which I thought was ridiculously over-designed and over-blown.

The town all hates the Mayor, whom they blame for every problem in the town. Note: Not his biggest fan either, but I don't think he's the devil incarnate.

The Mayor proposes an override of $12 million to meet the rising budget needs. The town votes the override down. Note: I voted yes to the override.

The Mayor declares the 4 branch libraries need to close in 2 weeks. The town goes wildly ballistic. They are furious. We have a huge, gorgeous, excellent main branch library that is always busy. Very few people use the branch libraries. But now that they are closing, saving the city some 650K/year, the citizens want petitions to demand that the branch libraries stay open.

Now this is what I don't get. They voted FOR the high school, and now are bitching that it's costing the city way more than it should. Uh duh. Which is why I didn't vote for it.

They voted AGAINST the override and are now bitching that there are going to be cuts to the libraries and the schools. And the blame the Mayor and call him vindictive.

Have they no insight? Do they not understand that money does not grow on trees, that the city has a limited budget and if the town refused the override, then cuts are going to have to be made? Big cuts? Cuts that hurt?

Isn't this obvious?

It drives me bonkers knowing that there are people here in our community that refuse to take responsibility for their actions. They blame the Mayor for all the problems in this city, but the fact of the matter is, not one but two different times they were called to vote on issues that were very clear. You either like the school site plan and vote for the town to go ahead and build the monument to the Mayor, or you vote against it. If you don't vote against it, stop complaining about the damn school. They've dug the hole, they're pouring the foundation. It's going to be built. You can't keep pretending that we can make changes now. It's too late.

Ditto for the override. We had a chance to keep the branch libraries open. We had a chance not to increase class sizes. We had a chance to keep the 79 school positions that are now going to remain unfilled next year. We had a chance to repair the fire stations. But nooooooo! You all voted to reject the override. So now the cuts start to happen. The branch libraries are going to close. You can't have it both ways. Either you belly up to the bar and pay an increase in your property taxes or you deal with the cutbacks that have been promised.

Why is this so difficult? Why are people so freaking stupid that they don't get the consequences of their actions? Why do they have to assign blame on the Mayor for things they did themselves? We're not a dictatorship. The Mayor only works with the budget the people give him. If he can't spread the limited funds around the way these folks like, they castigate him. It's not fair, and I say that as an outspoken opponent of our Mayor.

I'm so tired of the complaining. Really people, you totally suck. Just shut up.

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Blogger Eliza said...

Stephanie Klein, Stephanie Klein...why does that name sound so familiar? Off to Google...

29/5/08 2:28 PM  
Blogger Florinda said...

You could be talking about my town instead of your town...or almost any town. Or the entire country, come to think of it. This inability to make connections has boggled my mind for years. Everyone wants something from the government; no one wants to pay for it. It's a wonder anything ever gets done. Oh, wait; it doesn't. Because then there would be nothing to complain about.

I liked what you said here, by the way, in case you couldn't tell :-).

29/5/08 3:26 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

I totally agree!

29/5/08 7:33 PM  
Blogger Donna said...

Oh MAN! I just left a really good comment and Blogger lost it. I hate that!

- deep breath -


I said something to the effect of...

What you've described can apply to any level of government from local to national. It seems like an epidemic these days. Nobody wants to take responsibility for their own actions. It's just interesting to see it play out as blatantly as you've described here.

I wanted to let you know that I linked to you from your comment at Rocks in my Dryer. I wanted to thank you for such a thoughtful comment. You obviously feel very strongly to have made a comment even knowing that it might upset some people. What I'm saying is that it took guts... and I admire that in anyone.

So... have a great day and enjoy that monument to the mayor once it's finished. Just do me a favor and don't take any eggs with you when you go to see it. ;)

30/5/08 10:34 AM  

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