When I say you get the elected officials or government you deserve, it is like going to McDonald’s expecting to get a healthy, low-calorie, low fat fine dining experience. Of course you are going to get shit, because you went to a shit place. The same with elected officials, you get get shit, because you either did not go out and vote, you are a low-information voter (which seems to be many), you don’t read enough (and not Facebook posts), you listen to some bullshit asshole preacher, you keep voting for the same shit even though you see no improvements to your community (Comrie, Meeks, Wills, Cook, Smith).
So wake the fuck up, inform yourself, look around your community, be informed, etc. AND stop calling them “honorable, like “The Honorable Leroy Comrie”, there is not a damn thing honorable about him, he is a paid life long political hack who is fucking lazy and nothing but bullshit comes out of his mouth, yet many of you vote for this clown over and over again. Plus the fuck works for you, not the other way around.
So, you do get the elected officials you deserve and you get the community you deserve as well.
From The Daily News:
But that ideal scenario goes out the window when it becomes clear that too many politicians are more interested in their own pay, perks and power than in serving the public good. That’s when voters have to act less like passive consumers and more like what we truly are: the bosses who collectively employ a group of temporary workers — called elected officials and commissioners — to operate with honesty, efficiency and common sense.
It seems clear, my fellow voters, that some of our employees have been feathering their own nests while many of the city’s major problems go unfixed.
The most obvious and nauseating example is the rampant malfeasance at the Department of Correction, where ex-Commissioner Joseph Ponte and dozens of his employees knowingly ripped off the city for an estimated $20,000 by using city vehicles to visit friends and family outside New York City month after month.
Ponte’s infamous 90 days out of state were the tip of the iceberg. According to the DOI report, Acting First Deputy Commissioner Cynthia Brann “told DOI that she used her city vehicle on weekends almost exclusively for shopping, including trips to Woodbury Commons Outlets and the Gallery at Westbury Plaza, among others.”
Deputy Commissioner Gregory Kuczinski “took over 20 trips to Westchester County in his take-home vehicle on personal business, including a vacation day to go golfing and multiple trips to John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia airports to transport family,” according to the report.
Mayor de Blasio’s stubborn refusal to acknowledge the depth of the rot makes the problem even worse.
Actually, the internal controls were fine. City vehicles are equipped with GPS tracking capability. The City Vehicle Driver Handbook says: “Drivers are not allowed to use City Government vehicles for personal activities, except for required rest periods, meals, and brief stops incidental to the conduct of official City business.”
That plain language leaves no room for the dozens of trips for golf outings, suburban outlet malls and family airport runs that the Correction staffers took. But the mayor, plainly frustrated, recently groused on WNYC radio that “All people want to talk about is the God-forsaken cars.”
In reality, as de Blasio will surely discover on the campaign trail, the issue for many members of the public is whether public servants are getting (or illegally taking) the perks of a privileged class, treating city property like their personal playthings at the expense of the rest of us.
That brings us to an ill-advised, little-noticed city decision to hand out tens of thousands of parking placards to school teachers. The union representing principals, school nurses and some administrators recently won an arbitration ruling granting them placards to use for free parking near schools.
But City Hall went beyond the ruling and decided to give placards to every school employee who has a car, opening the floodgates to many of the city’s 75,000 teachers and 19,000 paraprofessionals.
“The placards don’t guarantee a legal parking spot, but since traffic enforcement agents don’t ticket vehicles with placards on the dash, they do guarantee that parking in a crosswalk, bus stop, or no-standing zone will get a free pass. . . . Evidently, that’s OK with Bill de Blasio,” writes Brad Aaron, managing editor of Streetsblog, the transit advocacy website.
And we’ve recently learned of another questionable hit on taxpayers, courtesy of the scandal-plagued state Senate. It turns out that seven senators have been getting extra pay — $12,500 here, $18,000 there — ostensibly for chairing various committees.
The problem, as The News’ Ken Lovett reports, is that the seven actually aren’t chairing those committees, a possible violation of state law.
It’s easy to get angry about all of this, but anger alone isn’t enough. With just under six months to go before Election Day, it’s time to inform our current and future workers that stealing, sloppy work and laziness aren’t acceptable, and never will be.
Louis is political anchor at NY1 News.