The Pragmatic and the Tone-Deaf: What’s become of the War Museum?
Guest Post: The Derecho
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Two articles published in the morning papers demonstrate the stark differences between the pragmatic and the tone-deaf, the realistic and the desperate.
The Prince William Extra of the WAPO carries an article by Jeremy Borden that details the reason nobody can find funding for the Americans in Wartime Museum. Allan Cors, unlike county staff and the BOCS, demonstrates that he and the museum’s leaders recognize the current political climate and increased scrutiny of the County budget. They have decided not to ask for an additional $1 million from Prince William because of the ongoing controversy surrounding allocations to nonprofit groups. Regardless one’s position regarding the museum and non-profit allocations, one must give credit to Mr. Cors and the museum’s directors for recognizing current circumstances and withdrawing their funding request.
Conversely, Chariman Stewart’s letter in the News and Messenger illustrates is typical of the delusional and tone-deaf. Many will recognize his stale assertions, “statistics” that have been debunked yet remain the basis of the BOCS budget charade. Surely I’m not the only fatigued by their constant claims at having cut our taxes and county spending, while maintaining a focus infrastructure. My real estate tax bills don’t reflect their”reality” and in fact the tax rate shell game is one perfected by Connaughton. I’m weary of hearing our “fiscally conservative” BOCS crowing about reducing our tax rate without disclosing that assessed values have rise by a greater percentage, an intellectually dishonest exercise that I find personally insulting.
Mr. Cors recognizes the potential impact of the public outcry, something Corey seems incapable of recognizing. Spending carryover funds on nonprofits while leaving core responsibilities underfunded isn’t “a model of how fiscal conservatism works”. It is the hallmark however of career politicians more concerned with padding their campaign warchests than governing responsibly.
One last thought– Corey, leading the nation in economic growth is meaningless if the vast majority of the jobs created per earn near the minimum wage and can’t afford to live in or support PWC. The current PWC economic development model doesn’t afford sustainable economic growth and is not the model most jurisdictions aspire to.