I thought it was 'says' not sez. But I'm the dumb one. And how the Hell do you use drinking? I always thought it was drugs that one uses, but as I said I'm the dumb one.
So tell me Mr. Gorilla, what did I say that was so stupid? 19 million without jobs is a fact. Grown men in public office really hate kids. Get real. Then again you probably believe it like the dummy that you are. I annoy you to no end, don't I? If I'm that stupid, just ignore me. But that ain't happening and I love it.
CW13 sez.."Have you any idea how stupid you sound? For someone who claims not to drink and supposedly hates drugs, you do make me wonder."
Well, your comments leave no doubt about you using drinking and being stupid.
Alot of us could probably use a little extra money. You mean the 19 million who are currently unemployed in this great economy ? Do you honestly believe Republicians hate children? Have you any idea how stupid you sound? For someone who claims not to drink and supposedly hates drugs, you do make me wonder.
Normally, as a non-aligned voter, I would take exception to Danehy's attack on the right wing Republican legislators. They are an easy target, sitting ducks for progressive columnists (while similar outrage at the shenanigans of the "Baja" democrats in Tucson and Pima County ever surfaces in Tom's columns). But today, with the trolls rampaging and licking their drooling chops, it is impossible not to agree with him.
My question is where are the fighting men and women of the minority party, or more pointedly, who are they and what actions are they taking to stand up and take action? While definitely not quislings, they do seem to be hiding in the shadows, reluctant to fight or create much of a ruckus. Rope a dope may have worked for Ali, but he had skills, strength and stamina. Were the Democrats elected to vigorously oppose the worst legislation or simply register a vote against the most blatant excesses and retire to their chambers muttering beneath their breath?
Arizona is in trouble and needs a constant, vigorous and organized loyal opposition. The minority party and its leadership in the legislature is neither energized or cohesive. They appear timid, as guilty in their acquiescence as their opponents are in their mad rush to cripple the state.
I hope we are learning that we must vote. So many Democrats did not and why this is a pattern for midterm elections I don't know. I also know that many people who call themselves Republican do not like what is happening at all. So I hope they too pay closer attention to what the people running say. I did hear Ducey say on multiple occasions that he would not pay back the 1.2 billion owed to education that was voted in by the people. I asked my Republican friends why they are surprised when he made these drastic cuts to education. They really didn't hear him say that in fact they heard him say something to the effect that he would support education. I didn't hear that however I was so amazed that Ducey had the audacity to say he would not pay back what the legislators took that I may have been temporarily deaf. I wish there was a way we could prosecute but with paper shuffling, it looks like some was paid back but with the cuts, education is actually in the negative quite a bit. So all I can say is I hope the people pay really close attention and also that we can at least get Ducey out by impeachment or recall. He is a crook as far as I am concerned as well as other legislators. Democrats I hope you all vote.... every single one in every election... both state and national. We need your votes.
Is it possible, Tom, that you could recognize a couple of truths:
First, state legislators honestly believe that what they are doing is best for the state.
(That would make your snippy sarcasms more difficult to write, though - easier to do it as you do.)
Second, that state legislators ask for campaign support from interests they genuinely believe in, and support their beliefs in their votes, not because they got a little campaign money.
(Would any Republican expect campaign support from the Teacher's Union or Planned Parenthood powers-that-control-the-purse strings or Tucson Weekly?)
A fine description of the ruling party. How about writing about the valiant efforts of the minority party to stop all this stupid nonsense? By the way the "ruling party" is Republican - for people who don't really know what is going on up there.
My friends and I were on an all white high school track team in 68 and thought the protest was great. We all got into trouble pushing black gloves on the floor of our classrooms all the time. It was a symbol for us of defiance. Their protest was for all of us, just not for black power. Norman's story was tragic for a great man.
Good article Tom. Seems like only yesterday to me
Thanks for this article Tom, it's nice to remember that some people are willing to stand for what is right - even if it's not the socially approved stance.
Thanks Tom. I had not forgotten the events of that day, but didn't know of the courage of Mr Norman.
Great article Tom!
I don't recall Hein working for Santa Cruz County. When I began working in Nogales in April of 1997, Mike Hein was the "Assistant City Administrator," (of the City of Nogales). The Mayor (Cesar Rios in 1997) was and still does serve as the "City Administrator." (The Daily Star story about Mike leaving made the same error). Nogales, recognizing elected officials are usually idiots, was smart enough to create a position for a professional to make sure things don't get completely screwed up. But as we know, the Mayor can STILL screw things up in Nogales.
Tom, it is easy for the right to continue to diss Obamacare, because the cost of healthcare (and, therefore, the cost of health insurance) has continued to rise. Of course, you're completely correct about the rate at which it is rising coming down, and this is clearly due to Obamacare - everyone who is serious about the subject agrees on this. However, when it comes to right-wingers whose money comes from the moneyed, and who know that they are talking to voters who neither know nor care much about politics, all they need to say is "the cost of healthcare rose [fill in percentage] since Obamacare went into effect!", and many of those who are half-listening will conclude that (a) what is happening is bad, and (b) it is due to Obamacare.
This is why this trend will continue.
As for The Vince of Darkness' comment "The results of the Fed keeping rates artificially low have not hit yet", that is just too funny for words. It is amazing that people don't even read what they say before they post it.
Wow, Tom. And I wasn't even going to bring anything up. I worked at the Ward 3 Office from 2005 - 2010. And I am proud to say that I had a direct hand in helping to fire Mr. Hein. He was the guy behind Rio Nuevo. Remember that? We had many, many good reasons to let him go. I won't go into details here but I will remind you that there was this little thing called Rio Nuevo back then. A council member lost her job over it and another came very close to experiencing the same fate. All because folks were rightfully very angry. And I won't share his less than ethical behavior. Not because it didn't impact his work. Many felt it certainly did. But, more because I am classier than you and your need to backhand folks who were just trying to protect tax payers from this guy over 5 years ago. And I won't comment on your need to list the ethnicity & gender of city managers after him. That didn't even make sense. Finally, most folks that know me know that I am hardly on that "side of the line" you mention at the start of your piece. Some bureaucrats just need to go for the sake of the citizens impacted by their less than awesome leadership. That's what we did and I am proud of our work.
I've read obituaries of famous people that were more succinct than this article. As individuals, bureaucrats can be likable folks, but put them in a meeting, and it's "I was only following orders". Chuckj's weird neighborhood leader jab shows he has a secret agenda that Mike apparently added to his confirmation bias, which is what bureaucrats do.
How sad. Not that Mike Hein is leaving. That Pulitzer Tommy gets paid to write this garbage.
I chatted briefly with Mike when he was City Manager. He (sort of off the record) confirmed the belief of many that the unwarranted, undemocratic and unelected neighborhood leaders are the main obstacle to proper city leadership. I do wish Tom would do a tirade against them.
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