Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Cry Baby

Donald Trump is running around claiming that Ted Cruz cheated and there should be a "do over" for the Iowa Caucus.

Yes, Iowa should spend tremendous amounts of taxpayer money to run a second caucus because Donald Trump under performed and got beat.

Here's a better idea, Mr. Trump.  Suck it up, take your loss like a man, and go to New Hampshire.

What Exactly is a Socialist?

People know that Bernie Sanders is a self proclaimed Socialist. Many people, however, have no idea what that means.

Here is the dictionary definition of "socialism" --

1) a way of organizing a society in which major industries are owned and controlled by the government rather than by individual people and companies

2) any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods

3) a system of society or group living in which there is no private property

If Bernie Sanders is a socialist, then this is what he believes.  I wonder how many people out there really want "government ownership" and "no private property".

Scary stuff folks.


Monday, February 1, 2016

Cruz Wins Iowa!!

Ted Cruz has won the Iowa Caucus.  What made be the bigger story is the performance of Marco Rubio who is running 3rd but might sneak past Trump for second.  Bush got just 3%.  It is time for him to drop out.

It is a great night for Conservatives.

The Democrat race is too close to call.  Hillary leads by 1% with 81% counted.  However, Sanders has one more delegate.  Tight tight race!!

The race for the Presidency is fully underway!!

******

UPDATE

With 90% in on the Dem side, Hillary leads by 3 votes, BUT Sanders has 2 more delegates.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

First Big Test for Mayor

Efforts are being made by the county to cut the % of the sales tax that goes to the city.  The entire basis of the county's position is a false, untrue, and bogus claim that the sales tax revenue was tied to the safety net.

I have been involved in city politics for over 25 years.  I can tell you for an absolute fact that safety net issues were NEVER discussed or made a part of the negotiations for sales tax.

Anyone who says otherwise is either being lied to or is actively lying.

The reason the county made the deal was to avoid the city exercising its rights to impose a city sales tax.

Former Mayor Sottile, who was present for those negotiations, and Dave Donaldson, who was also involved, confirmed this in The Kingston Times.  Dave did so using very clear and perhaps inappropriate language.

I disagree with these men 95% of the time, but they are correct in this instance.

Mayor Noble has been called a lightweight.  This is his chance to lose that moniker by standing up to the county on this issue.

I urge the Mayor to stand tall and not give in on this issue. I did not support him in the election, but he is the duly elected Mayor.  If he fights the county on this issue, I will stand with him.

If the Mayor caves on this issue, the "lightweight" moniker will remain his forever.  Worse, property taxes will jump big time.

This is the first big test.  Let's see how he fares.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Edward Levine

Condolences to the family of Edward Levine.  I was very saddened to learn of his passing.  He was a really nice guy.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

No, I have no idea.

The Daily Freeman is reporting that Mayor Noble has planned a press conference to announce big changes in the Fire Department.

I have been contacted by people looking for information.  They think that because I am on the Fire Commission and Mayor Noble has announced his position that personnel decisions must go through commissions, that I must have been briefed.

The answer is no.  The January Fire Commission meeting was canceled.  I have had no official contact from the Mayor or Fire Chief about whatever the upcoming announcement is about.

I am posting this so that politicos will stop asking me.


Thursday, January 14, 2016

New City Attorney

Mayor Noble appointed Kevin Bryant to be Corporation Counsel.

I know Kevin well.  A good attorney and a very nice guy.

Excellent choice, Mr. Mayor.