Twaddle is as Twaddle Does: The Budget Follies Lower Merion Style
Hugh Gordon was kind enough to provide some insight in hisLM Budget Hearing -- Learned Anything New Yet? post, and truthfully, I have not ever spoken at a budget hearing because in the scope of all things Lower Merion it is the largest study in futility we have going.
But tonight I went. And I was glad I went and it was a PACKED house. And the ratio of average person to audience planted cheerleaders was more in the real people factor favor. I spoke in the middle of a cheerleader sandwich - in between 2 disciples of Reed and Taylor. They are entitled to their opinions, even if they do sound like ether bunnies
Anyway, yes I did point out the obvious that it was an election year. It remains to be seen how that will play out. However, if some of them stay in office we only have ourselves to blame.
Yes I pointed out Boondoggle Fountain in Ardmore and mentioned again how we never seem to have an accounting of all things Ardmore - studies, consultants, etc. Come to think of it, there never seems to be an accounting of all the monies spent on studies and consultants does there? How come Radnor can show on a monthly basis what is being spent, where, and how and post it and we can't have this in Lower Merion?
Yes I pointed out Taj Mahal libraries (and did not say LIBARRY like even some of the commissioners mispronouce) - I love libraries, but while many other local municipalities have only ONE library, we have several. I have no problems with modest and necessary library building improvements/maintenance, but much like the two high schools, I think Lower Merion went overboard and have said it before.
I do think that the township should increase employee co-pays on insurance because face it, how many of us pay most or all of our health benefits now?
I did ask them if they had looked at increasing numbers of sheriff's sales, mortgage foreclosures and tax sales. They don't ever seem to acknowledge those in dire financial straits all over - young, old, in between. Have they not noticed even the food pantries?
I did basically say I don't know why I bothered to speak up since the majority is going to do whatever the hell they want to anyway - it's the truth.
I did say that LMT and LMSD were kissing cousins and if the channels of communications were opened to meddling with things like Unified Slate, Doe case, etc, so why NOT meddle when it comes to the taxes people pay to that infuriatingly obnoxious Lower Merion School District???
I did say I don't work to support Lower Merion Township, because damn it all, renter, homeowner, business owner whomever, we should not be working to support Lower Merion Township.
I was nauseated by the people who kept thanking the township for doing such a good job - it's not that good jobs being done doesn't happen, it's just I do not feel that the majority of that board of commissioners deserves atta boys/atta girls. Those are earned. Usually by township employees no one ever thanks.
When a cheerleader said they weren't a cheerleader, I almost had a fit of giggles.
I decided to close my remarks by thanking the citizens of Lower Merion. After all, the residents have the most thankless jobs of all as we as a collective get to pay for all the poor choices of current board majority.
Audrey Romasco was simply PHENOMENAL - especially with what was it she said at the end? Familiarity breeds contempt?
Ok well back to listen to the twaddle on channel 7....nothing Phil or Jenny or Lew or Scott has said has made a damn bit of difference thus far so it looks like the only option is to vote some of them out of office.
Apparently, we can't balance the books in Lower Merion until we once again balance the board.