Wednesday, December 22, 2010

What a Fucking Circus, What a Fucking Mess

I am not sure if I have ever seen the Cincinnati City Council be more like a three ring circus, but Tuesday's antics rank up there with the most pathetic in my memory.

Today we don't have any better action.

Where were all of these new plans six months ago?

I have to just ask everyone on Council to please just cut the crap and layoff the Police and Fire Department staff that have been called for in the City Manager's plan. No more false promises,  no more gimmicks, no more pie in the sky dreams.

Gutting all of the rest of the City Services will not erase the city's problems, instead they will get worse. Protecting specific voting blocks(FOP Boosters) is not going to win anyone more votes. None of the other plans are thought out enough to actually work. We are heading into a grandstanding zone when there are about 9 days to get this done. Some of these plans have ideas worth exploring, but that should have been started last December when the new Council began it's current term. We now will face an election year with every candidate promising magic beans in every pot. I'd like some truth and honesty from the current council. There is some there, but not 5 or 6 votes worth.

The worst idea I heard, was the idea to borrow capital funds. Who in the right mind wants to punt layoffs another year? Oh, Monzel was part of that, go figure.

I really wish ego wasn't such a driving force behind so many on council. If the egos were checked at the chamber door, why might not have all of these last minute half-assed plans that don't even add up.

Side Note: Is Charlie Winburn a 7 year old kid? He seems to like to pretend that math is not real and you can not cut anything or get more revenue yet still make the budget balance. If he is planning on performing an exorcism on the City Budget, I really hope he can get it broadcast on local TV. That would be entertainment.

UPDATE: My reading on the capital funding was wrong, updated above.

6 comments:

  1. Looks like Winburn could be the only one endorsed by FOP or the firefighters in the next election. That'll give him an edge over even the two former cops. Winburn will also be well poised for an "I told you so" after OTR burns again due to a lack of safety forces. He could well be our next Mayor.

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  2. You have incorrect facts. Monzel's plan actually restored $2,900,000 to the working capital reserve.

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  3. COA T, don't be stupid. The last time OTR burned was in response to police action not to lack of police. Altho after the collaborative agreement there was the police slowdown. Not a shining moment in the history of the CPD. Certainly not a good reason to kowtow to them now.
    Again, dismantle CPD & hire Xe. (not Leis)

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  4. COAST,

    How many FOP and Fire fighters live in the city to garner enough votes? All those endorsements do is give conservatives a slate to vote for, it doesn't hurt moderate or liberal candidates.

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  5. Griff,
    Police & FFs overwhelmingly live in city limits, mostly to avoid double taxation. That said, there aren't more than 2000 of them together. Not enough to turn an election.

    Their endorsements, however, have influence well beyond their numbers with folks trying to decide how to vote to optimizes their safety.

    Reduced safety forces can't help but yield higher crime and more deaths. I know you think our responders sit around eating bon-bons all day, but they actually do quite a lot of work for a lot less than other cities spend.

    Safety reductions WILL show up in the results, and voters WILL notice. It won't be quite as bad in the wealthier parts of town, but they tend to vote conservative anyway. The big change will come in poorer areas, where the vulnerable are most reliant on city protection. Winburn will appear almost messianic there, and election numbers will show it.

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  6. COAST,

    So, you are therefore rooting for the city to decline so you can win more seats?

    Sounds like you care more about winning elections, then building a good city. Since 99.5% of COAST doesn't live in the city anyway, why do you bother rooting against us? What's your angle?

    Right....I know....death to the heathens brings about the rise of the blah blah blah. Seriously, why do you root against the city?

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