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Political venting

It's not that I don't have much to say. I just don't have much to say that's good. I know, I know, there's the old quote ""If you haven't got anything good to say about anybody, come sit next to me."* But believe me, you don't want to hear me bitch too much. And I would, especially where politicians are concerned. Right now, I have a hard time finding even one I can approve of.

By the way, don't mistake the following for reasoned political analysis grounded in the real world. I'm just venting:

Warren: City elections are in November. Because of term limits, a lot of incumbents are running for other offices. For the ten years I've lived in Warren, the mayor and council have been at each others' throats, and the leader of the council is running for mayor; meanwhile the mayor is running for treasurer. I'm so tired of the constant bickering, which would continue, I'm sure, that I'll probably vote anti-incumbent on every race, just to try to stop it. Not that it'll work.

Detroit: The city might be looking better, as I said a few weeks ago, but the mayor just lost a whistleblower lawsuit to two cops who were dismissed for investigating an "alleged" wild party held at the mayor's official residence. The judgment was $6.5 million dollars -- you know how many streetlights that would replace? He claims to want to appeal. At least one-third of the city council is on the record against an appeal, because they can't afford the legal bills, let alone the risk of an adverse outcome meaning an even higher payout. Despite all the problems that need to be solved, Detroit city government is tied up in this nonsense.

Michigan: Detroit's nonsense pales compared to the deadlock between the governor and the state legislature over the state budget, which must be passed by the end of this weekend. The governor, who's from the Democratic Party, is fighting with the leader of the state senate, who's a Republican, trying to come up with either additional taxes or deep cuts in services. To me, the senate Republican leader, Mike Bishop from Rochester Hills, is a demagogue of the lowest order who has only his own interests and the interests of dogmatic conservatives in his community at heart, and this is going to pretty much destroy what's left of the state after the auto and real estate collapse. If it were up to me, the entire legislature would be unemployed now.

Washington: Oh gods, don't even get me started. All I'll say is this: I'm glad we have a Congress, because otherwise there would be 545 utterly useless people running the streets in our home towns. The Democratic leadership has so utterly betrayed us, I don't even want to read the news anymore. Of course, this doesn't mean that the Bushies are looking any better. Far from it. It just makes everything inside the Beltway look like a miasma of mediocrity at best.

I know there have to be good leaders out there. Carl Levin has been doing what he can, pretty much. But one needs more than one or two good ones. Otherwise, you have messes everywhere.

But I'm mostly just frustrated, and tired too. Maybe I'll wake up tomorrow and find that at least some of our leaders have gotten a heart, a brain, and/or courage. I'm not optimistic, though.

*Alice Roosevelt Longworth, so Dave tells me.

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blackiethedark
Sep. 30th, 2007 09:13 pm (UTC)
THEY ALL NEED TO BE FIRED!!!!!!!!!!
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