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Friday, October 05, 2007

A Quiet Week

Yes, is has been quiet here in Lake Wobegon, I mean Richmond. The mayor has been making nice, nice with the city council, but he hasn't apologized for anything. His only regrets are that he "had" to do what he did and that he was overruled by a judge. He doesn't regret that vast expense of taxpayer dollars. After all, it was never about the money, it was about "his" honor, or should I say hizzoner. Numerous articles have come out since the abortive move debunking the projected million dollar annual savings by evicting the school board from City Hall. He can change his justifications without batting an eye, essentially telling us what we've known all along, that it was about his ego. He doesn't distinguish between his office and himself. The real difference is that as an individual he can say and do pretty much as he pleases, as mayor he is bound by the city charter (which he co wrote) and the laws of the city. If he had wanted royal powers of decree, he should have written them into the charter and let us vote of them. He also should have changed his title from your Honor to your Highness.

So now he seeks the cooperation of the Council in clarifying the powers of the Mayor. He has an interesting way of going about obtaining the good will of the legislative branch of government. So far it has worked like a charm. I for my part am still ashamed in my involvement in all this. I voted for the charter change along with almost all of Richmond. I can't say, Don't blame me, I didn't vote for it.", but at least I CAN say I didn't vote for him personally. He has a perfect talent for completely changing his mind and justifying it, as least to himself. I guess we get what we voted for. I'm hoping for better results next time.

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