Our Board of supervisors is frequently frustrating and when it comes to spending our tax dollars, often in need of adult supervision. Case in point: At the last meeting of the Board, a City Staff member was called to answer for the sole-source contract for food and beverages for Parks and Recreation. Turns out that this is a profitable venture by Parks and Recreation to sell beer and peanuts at various venues within the City.
So…we have by comparison, a City entity busily marking up the price of beer and peanuts to make some spare change while, within the last year, the Board has given away 70 percent of the fees for building permits, outsourced the animal shelter for at least $800,000, and spent several hundred thousand dollars on studies and reports. But…making a profit on the peanuts…that’s good government and if it wasn’t so stupid, it’d be funny.
Which brings us to today’s release of the Board of Supervisors Agenda wherein the second agenda item sponsored by our feckless City Manager is to introduce fascism to City Government. Nick Marano (likely at the direction of his betters), has included aResolution which in paragraph 2, B, states “Except as expressly provided in this resolution, the members of the Board of Supervisors, the City Manager and staff (including the City’s contract lobbyist) shall not communicate a Board minority position.”
So on any given issue, the information given to a State Legislator will be entirely one sided, with no dissent, no alternative views, and no intellectual integrity. Instead, our strategy is to lie by omission. Really?
Instead of saying “The majority of the Board is in favor of (pick an issue) with one Board member opposed due to (pick a reason)” we will lie. Our government leaders will intentionally, and soon by resolution, deliberately lie to a member of the state’s legislative body because lying, boys and girls, will make the city seem unified and further marginalize those who are brave enough to have a dissenting perspective on the usual Carson City shenanigans.
“Oh but if we don’t do this, it will seem like we don’t know what we’re doing!” you say. Perhaps we don’t but even the Supreme Court has a dissenting view published with every decision. Surely if the Supremes can handle the truth, a little bit in Carson City can be tolerated. Or maybe we just need to hide our crazy?
Or… this could just be a jobs program…”WANTED City Liar: responsible for telling one sided stories to state legislative leadership. Must be willing to misrepresent the residents of Carson City and deny the existence of independent thought on any issue.” We already have more than enough in City government who are over qualified for the position.
So when you’re done reading all the sweetness and light published lately in the Appeal about our current and future Board members (save one), read this: “fascism, noun, a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism.” Thus far we lack the “racism” but the rest sure fits.
If you follow local politics, its crystal clear who this resolution is targeted at and why. So let’s be like China or Russia and stifle dissent as a matter of policy. And we can certainly be proud to put on our City’s historical record that on January 5th, 2015, our Board of Supervisors voted to…lie. Shame on us.