The Discretionary Funds Aftermath
Far more interesting than the original fight over discretionary funds is the aftermath. There is lots of Monday morning quarterbacking going on and lots of insider conspiracy theory trip trap being cited.
Several things really bother me. The first is that I think that some on the BOCS now see a colleague as being all tumbled in to what was being said on the blogs. I don’t think that Mr. Candland was part of the blog gossip. I hope I am right. I think he learned to avoid that like the plague. Additionally, it seems that Mr. Candland’s reform efforts really weren’t finger pointing but seeking correction where correction was needed. I say that as one who didn’t even like his entire resolution. However, it was a start–a place to begin discussion. Unfortunately, the BOCS felt it was a place to end discussion, so we now have perfectly ridiculous rules that don’t address any of the problems.
The second thing that is now bothering me is the usual slice and dice and character assassination that goes on on the blogs. Supervisors may do things we dislike. Lord knows we have gotten up on our haunches and howled over things that have happened. That is one of the main reasons to have a blog. I hope we have not impugned anyone’s character wrongly. If we have, that should be corrected. Bloggers need to be careful about what they spread as ‘truth.’ There are those out there who enjoy a good dust up way too much and who do not care who they take down in the cross-fire.
It has been interesting to see who has gone all paranoid over things Elena and I have said, thinking we were talking about them, when no names were mentioned. That is where guilty consciences come in to play, me thinks.
Reading all the conspiracy theories, I can’t help but think that some good people are being massacred. We might not always politically agree with them but that is no excuse to practice the art of personal destruction on people who have given their time serving others. I personally think that the major spin-meister is throwing out a smoke screen the size of Kansas to protect his/her political interests and the political interests of certain individuals who will go nameless at this point. Heaping the attack on Pete Candland directs our focus on Pete when in fact, Pete wasn’t the intended victim at all. Pete isn’t running for office now is he?
Everyone will get a turn before this has spun itself out. Notice the list is expanded. It also seems to me that the state delegates need to keep their noses out of local political business other than as regular citizens of their district. Anyone who votes yea for transvaginal ultra sound obviously isn’t any law expert. All of our local state office holders have the dishonorable distinction of voting yes. That clearly says to me that they don’t know the perimeters of their own scope and reign of influence. They want to tell us how to make our local laws and how to govern our reproductive lives. Yes, Limgamfelter and Anderson, back off. This is a local matter and you really need to keep the state out of our business. Learn to do your own job right and leave the duties of the BOCS alone. There is nothing new here and if you were so concerned, you have had thirty years to croak out some correction. If someone is doing something that wrong, we can call in Paul Ebert or we could replace our elected local officials with someone else. Look around. Did that happen? Nope.