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November 12, 2010 - Shawn Paulus
I remember when my mother would tell me, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” Well, sorry mom, but I have to say something about our “blame everyone else” elected officials.
As I sit here and look back at the county budget process, I am beginning to understand how nothing ever gets done or fixed in this county. I am starting to understand the blame game all politicians use to try and make a point.
County Executive Greg Edwards uses federal money and our county reserve fund to balance a budget and reduce taxes. Look at me! Look at me! I cut taxes method in an election year, Edwards proclaims.
The next year, however, he blames Assemblyman William Parment and Albany when he has to raise taxes instead of cutting the spending he can control, which is more commonly known as the “don’t look at me, I didn’t do it” method. For their part, the Legislature is blaming everyone who is not in their political party. Majority rules, and most of the time it is straight party line voting. But I do recall back in late February on WDOE when Fred Croscut and Keith Ahlstrom said that most of the time it is unanimous voting and that we only hear about the party-line voting. Yeah right. gentlemen.
All 26 legislators are to blame for this whether they are a Republican, Democrat or Independent. Yes I said 26, because James Caflisch was a legislator this year before the “good old boys club” appointed him as county clerk this spring.
Three things that I know will always be for certain are this: death, taxes and the political blame game.
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