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as carla predicted...

LM board president Bruce Reed resigns

 

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Now there is a nice Christmas present.

Not surprised in the least to see no reason offered for his “resignation”.

A lot of people wanted Reed gone (myself included), and it was not just in LMT.

Glad to see the corrupt POS go.

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Some of Reed's allies are already promoting Brian McGuire for his seat.  Looks like to me this could be a case of Bruce resigning to allow one of his cronies the chance to become an incumbent for the remainder of his term in order to position himself to run for the seat in 2011 as an incumbent.

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Reed had a lot of heat to resign.

You could see McGuire positioning himself for the position with how he spoke at the budget hearings.

Unfortunately, I see a Reed clone. I saw McGuire have words at one of the budget hearings with a SAC blogger in the audience. Watching him try to chastise another citizen in the audience with him speaks to a holier-than-thou attitude - which is just like Reed.

As you can see from his comments on the Main Line Times Website, McGuire (brianincynwyd) is no different than Reed.

I have presented arguments here and at the budget hearings as to why I do not see a spending problem in Lower Merion
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I have never met Township Manager Doug Cleland. However, as we near the end of 2010, I believe he deserves the sincere thanks of every LM resident for all of his hard work over the past year - especially for putting up with the insanity of the past several weeks during consideration of the township budget. I found the gratuitous attacks on his character, the unfounded accusations relating to his motives, and the misguided second-guessing of his management decisions to be astounding to say the least.

No respect for citizens who are hurting in tough times and want spending/tax controls. Blind loyalty to Cleland.

And we don’t have a spending problem, Brian? Let me respond to that comment from Bruce Reed’s playbook.

What about the train station to nowhere, boondoggle fountain, $24 million for Taj Mahal libraries, spending $500k a year more when you could have received the same level of service and saves that $500k with trash collector layoffs?

How about township employees with gold standard health care with single dollar digit co-pays and guaranteed pensions?

Why not health care at the private sector rate and a 401k so taxpayers don’t take hits when the markets tank in relation to those guaranteed pensions which are facing huge shortfalls to be paid with our tax dollars?

The only positive is McGuire won’t be president of the BOC, but he will be no different than Reed form what has come out of his own mouth.

And I certainly do see the irony in comments by others that McGuire works for the AARP, with retirees in LMT on fixed incomes being killed by these endless spending increases and massive tax hikes McGuire supports.

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The Forgotten Taxpayer is not unhappy.

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Received an e-mail today which said in part:

Casey O'Bannon sent out an e-mail this morning to certain members of the Democratic committee telling them Brian McGuire is Bruce's chosen replacement and must be supported by the party!

McGuire's only claim to fame is that he was on Bruce's committee to get rid of Jenny Brown and has a man crush (or so it seems) on Bruce Reed. McGuire is totally inappropriate because he is a lobbyist for AARP and regularly advocates for positions in Lower Merion that are against the interests of AARP's core interest group-- folks 50 and older.

Hmmmmm...remember the LAST lobbyist we had as a commissioner? Darth Vader himself, also known as Ken Davis?

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I have zero respect for Reed as person and very little respect for his policies.

McGuire is obviously a protégé and if he were to be appointed commissioner he will have my immediate disrespect and his actions (and inactions) as commissioner will be a focus of mine.

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Citizen Journalist Carla is on the job. A lobbyist for Big Government Spending would not be in The Forgotten Taxpayer's interest. We remember GW Bush Prescription Drug Medicare Part  D. AARO could be considered a Health Insurance Agent masquerading as a non profit non partisan disinterested policy advocate. In fact, like any for profit company, and it is very profitable for insiders, it advocates for the self interest of the company. AARP is a deceiver in my opinion. 

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Here's what I think of that news:

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now that the reign of Bruce Reed is over can we expect the Republican party to field a candidate in Ward 13? I hope so.

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Just posted. Reed's take on decision.

 

http://www.mainlinemedianews.com/articles/2010/12/27/main_line_times/news/doc4d192193a5b51835383637.txt

 

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An interesting (and detailed) read!  Thanks for sharing that, Tom.

 

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Reed, who would have been up for re-election to a third term in 2011, said in timing he resignation he “didn’t want to leave and not have someone representing my ward.”

So why not serve out the entire term that you campaigned for and were elected to?  Then your successor could be duly elected, which you might think might be the preferred process in a democracy. 

It is the same process Reed noted was followed when his two immediate predecessors as president, Joseph Manko and Matthew Comisky, left the board mid-term.

Yeah, and the Republican Gloria Wolek did it before that so that Ken Davis could persuade Randy Lawlace to abandon the Democratic Party and be appointed as a Republican.   Why would you want to  follow these precedents?     Maybe because you think you possess the superior wisdom to know better than the electorate who should be anointed to join the oligarchy. . . . 

 

 

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And who does Bruce Reed want anointed as ward 13 incumbent going into the next election?

“The person I would be hopeful would play that role is Brian McGuire,”

What record of service or accomplishment does McGuire boast that convinces Mr. Reed that McGuire would be the best person to "represent (his) ward"?

Reed mentioned McGuire has been involved in the group called Stand Up Lower Merion that formed in the last year to counter what it saw as negativity and political intolerance in the township.

Hmmm. Mr. (Dr?) McGuire was one of the self-described "Voices of Lower Merion" when Stand Up Lower Merion launched in April to astroturf furiously following Mr. Reed's embarrassing "sue us" pratfall -- a site that from the outset was exclusive rather than inclusive, and one that was eerily devoid of activity throughout the budget debate. McGuire posted on S.U.L.M. a grand total of five times (three articles and two "speak up" posts) in eight months, and he has posted four times on the facebook version of S.U.L.M. that seems to have become the preferred mouthpiece for the original SULM-lords since September.

Not exactly an overwhelming record of service or accomplishment in my book. Almost anyone else in ward 13 would bring a superior record of community residence and service to the table. So why McGuire? 

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Maguire, who is a lobbyist or something for AARP loves tax increases, which I find quite perplexing in someone who works for the...AARP.  What I wonder is why is it Reed is resigning?  What is the other half of the story?

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Tom - thanks for putting up the link.  Cheryl did a terrific job, only is it just me, but does this smell like another Reed snow job?  I think on your site it was poster LM Democrat who aptly pointed out that Reed originally voted for Plan B, then did a politically expedient switcheroo.  That should have been our first clue. He spoke of civility as he constantly and consistently berated Jenny Brown meeting after meeting with snippy comments and a love of "P" words.  He wanted the bridge to nowhere over the tracks, too didn't he?   His legacy is one of completely dividing Lower Merion's Democrat party, meddling with the school board (Unified Slate), trying to destroy Teri Simon, who had been his friend but who had the chutzpah to say he was wrong.  Oh and then there was the play to try to defeat jenny Brown when she was up for reelection - the double albeit brief candidates - Charlie Davidson and  Shawn Marcell. Wonder what all his stand up pals will do now, other then lobby to get Maguire elected?  After all he needs someone to ensure more OPM is spent...

I am sure when the day comes they will all wax poetic and say oh kiss kiss Brucie we'll miss you,and maybe they will even drag out Lita Cohen with that impossibly red heair to give him one of her leftover plastic plaques.

The Legacy of Reed is one of destruction in Lower Merion.  I had such high hopes for him when he became BOC prez - but then it ended up he was just another turdsticker of an ego maniac who raises taxes and tries to make everyone think they are crazy for thinking the tax increases are too high.

What is the real reason he is stepping down?

 

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AARP is an insurance agent masquerading as a nonprofit advocacy group. Phonies.

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From what I've seen of Brian Maguire, if he becomes a Township Commissioner count on only one thing, an unrelenting maniacal struggle to take and spend your money. In all my years I have never met anyone who likes paying higher taxes. I don' beleive anyone does. But Mr. Maguire has said in open Township meetings that he doesn't mind paying more for Township services rendered. He is truly a unique man in my book.

Can Mr. Maguire truly bifurcate himself; by day an AARP advocate for the retired and by night an advocate of raising their taxes. That's a nice Jekyll and Hyde trick and it's Mr. Hyde, naturally, that I'm afraid of.

Or maybe I'm thinking way to hard about this. Maybe AARP and Lower Merion are both trying to get at our money but just in different ways. Hey, yea, maybe Mr. Maguire could get it all done without drinking the good doctor's brew. 

 

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onmyown asked:

Can Mr. Maguire truly bifurcate himself; by day an AARP advocate for the retired and by night an advocate of raising their taxes. That's a nice Jekyll and Hyde trick. . .."  

This observer's asking:

          Is Mr. Maguire a lobbyist?   It was suggested in a comment in this thread that "lobbyist" is his job description for AARP.   

This observer's reminded that Ken Davis was a Commissioner (even rose to Board President) who, according to many sources, came to be widely reviled in his Ward, and then became a lobbyist.   

And what do lobbyists specialize in?   

  • They do not specialize in reasonably and fairly evaluating different perspectives, do they?  
  • Or in collecting and presenting for public consumption as complete information as is possible to best enable all to reasonably and fairly evaluate alternative perspectives?

Further questions:

  • Might lobbyists, as a professional group, be relatively more reflexively comfortable than many other professional groups are in general with intentionally trying to manipulate and control public opinion by knowingly disseminating information from which significant, probably influential, facts are omitted?
  • In fact, don't lobbyists, particularly lobbyists who aspire to be highly effective at their jobs, study techniques for presenting information in ways that sway opinion in desired directions?
  • And if any of the above is valid, is current professional background and experience as a lobbyist in a new Commissioner desirable at this time--or at any time--given the importance of helping our Lower Merion Board of Commissioners regain public trust?   

 

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Just so I understand the current conjectures against Brian Maguire - because I have seen both in rapid succession - please tell me whether, because he works for the AARP you're afraid that he would (a) somehow improperly do the bidding of the AARP to direct disproportionate township services toward the elderly, or (b) work on behalf of the elderly by day but turn on them at night by jacking up the taxes on fixed-incomers.

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Either way it seems to me to be a very loose conclusion to assume things about his inclinations based on who he works for.

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I subscribe to (b), and yes, I do find it hypocritical even though McGuire is certainly entitled to have political views that go against the interests of those who pay the mortgage of this man from self-proclaimed modest means.

Where I really have a problem is the no compromise position that Cleland’s budget was perfect and there was zero room to make cuts on a massive tax increase in a very poor economy where people are hurting.

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Regarding the desirability of Brian McGuire as an appointee Commissioner replacement for Bruce Reed, Politeia said: 

Where I really have a problem is the no compromise position that Cleland’s budget was perfect and there was zero room to make cuts on a massive tax increase in a very poor economy where people are hurting.   italics added

Those who heard Mr. McGuire's comments during the several Township public budget hearings will realize that Politeia's description of Mr. McGuire's position on the 12.7% tax increase is accurate.   

The budget inflexibly endorsed by Bruce Reed, George Manos, Mark Taylor, Liz Rogan, etc., was perfected as far as could be determined from Mr. McGuire's evaluation of it.   Furthermore and disturbingly, by implication the many other Lower Merion citizens and the Commissioners, both Republican and Democrat, who proposed cuts were misguided and were foolishly putting the quality of life in the Township at risk and so on.  

Mr. McGuire's public comments during hearings remained unaffected by any information, new or otherwise, that was presented over the course of them.  

Mr. McGuire's comments conveyed that he saw no validity in any of the concerns and well-reasoned, fact-based alternative suggestions put forward by many, many other Township residents during jam packed hearings.  

His evident immutability extended importantly, for example, to information on the deterrent effect of Lower Merion's taxes on potential home buyers observed by realtors in our area as reported during the Dec. 15 hearing by a real estate agent who also is a former President of one of the Township's civic associations.  During a prior hearing, that Mr. McGuire also attended, a former CEO of an international company who owns a home in Lower Merion described essentially the same phenomenon associated with her attempt to sell her home.   

Over the course of the hearings, Mr. McGuire's comments conveyed impenetrability and unwillingness to be open to the influence of other Lower Merion citizens' perspectives, no matter how feasible, rational, and carefully thought through they were.   

Lower Merion citizens have expressed exceeding and increasing frustration about the impenetrability and unresponsiveness of several Commissioners and some Township staff to citizen input.   

Lower Merion citizens repeatedly experience input they offer to Commissioners to be reflexively discredited,  e.g., citizen comments reflect a lack of accurate understanding--a failure to have achieved the level of enlightenment that this or that Commissioner, such as George Manos, has on the topic at hand; citizens are only "nimbys"--an invalidation routinely invoked by our putatively more relevantly educated "expert," "objective," and "unbiased" development-biased Commissioners.   As part of the same process, citizens repeatedly experience being patronized during what are publicized to be the public input phases of Township staff and Commissioner moves to advance their various agendas.   Some recent examples where the preceding scenario played out or continues to play out:   2011 budget hearings, Comprehensive Plan revision, and City Avenue Special Services District Rezoning Proposal.    

Publicly observable information about Mr. McGuire's modus operandi during the budget hearings raises due concern that he will become a contributing part of the foregoing problem rather than part of the cure if appointed Commissioner.  

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One can assume that Brian had been tapped as Bruce Reed's successor before he spoke at the budget hearing; that being the case don't you think it would have been forthright of him to mention that fact at the hearing?

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Since he may be about to become a public official why not just ask him?

Do you live in his ward, bc59?

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bc59 observed:

One can assume that Brian had been tapped as Bruce Reed's successor before he spoke at the budget hearing; that being the case don't you think it would have been forthright of him to mention that fact at the hearing?

bc59's comment spotlights a retrospectively obvious reality--a reality that was obfuscated in real time by the playlette that was allowed to be staged during the Dec. 15th budget hearing in the form of Brian McGuire's public comment on the budget that, to all appearances, was offered by a Lower Merion citizen from the Bala side of the Township but not a citizen who had been tapped to shortly begin to finish the term of the Board President.  

The recent playlette is uncomfortably reminiscent of the Board of Commissioners' "reorganization" meeting that was staged last year at this time. Remember? http://www.saveardmorecoalition.org/node/3996/camelot-reorganized

In that production, the key outcome--election of Board President and Vice-President--was predetermined behind closed doors, yet the majority played out a sham vote for public consumption during the Board's open reorganization meeting.   

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Yes I live in Ward 13.

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I don't see any reason why prospective candidates for public office should not answer polite questions.

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perhaps he can post his response here as I am sure that being an informed citizen about to be appointed to Bruce Reed's unexpired term he is aware of this blog.  We know that he has internet access since he posts on MLMN and Stand up Lower Merion.

 

 

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On 1-2-11, bc59 observed and asked:

One can assume that Brian [McGuire] had been tapped as Bruce Reed's successor before he spoke at the budget hearing; that being the case don't you think it would have been forthright of him to mention that fact at the hearing?  

Later on 1-2-11, LexoTime5 suggested that bc59 ask Brian McGuire if Bruce Reed had tapped him to succeed Reed before McGuire spoke at the budget hearings.   The timing also would have preceded Reed's public announcement of his resignation from the Board in December, 2010, almost immediately after the 2011 budget that he supported was approved by Board vote.   

McGuire's answer to the question mattered to many LMT citizens because Brian McGuire spoke several times at the budget hearings, each time fully endorsing, and without any cuts, the budget proposed and supported by Bruce Reed.   However, McGuire never also publicly disclosed during his comments that he had been tapped, before or during those public comments, by Reed to finish Reed's term when he resigned early.   

In other words, if Brian McGuire had the above knowledge then the public and at least some of the Commissioners were duped by the appearance, when McGuire spoke at public and televised meetings, that he was speaking as an independent Bala Cynwyd resident who had nothing to gain personally from his steadfast and enthusiastic endorsement of the budget.

Brian McGuire never took up the alternative option to LexoTime5's suggestion that bc59 mentioned:  

perhaps he can post his response here . . .

Reliable hearsay indicates that some light might have been shed on the still outstanding question by Brian McGuire on Thursday, October 20th, during the Ward 13 Candidates' Forum.   

Explaining how he got to where he is today, Commissioner McGuire said:  "about a year ago" Bruce Reed approached him and asked if he'd be interested in stepping in.   

 

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I said that? My how the years slip by.

Look, we don't live in avery large area. In theory any of us should be able to just ask our local lawmakers questions and we should expect direct answers. I myself do it all the time . I don't live in ward 13, but mr Mcguire strikes me from afar as an honest sort, and I believe that anyone from ward 13 could ask him whatever they liked. Give it a try, bc59, if you're still with us, and let us know how you make out.

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Maguire = Reed

Brian Maguire is like the Uriah Heep version of Bruce Reed. 

Remember how the residents of Lower Merion rose up and changed the faces of who govern us during the days of eminient domain for private gain?

They need to do it again.

Or Lower Merion will be forever screwed up.

 

 

 

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Since 2003, spending, borrowing and taxes have increased; Lower Merion's standard of living has not; quality of services has not; other municipalities provide equal or better quality of life at lower cost; what did we get for all this money that Big Spenders Spent?

Rogan, Bernheim, McGuire, Reed, Taylor, Manos,  McElhaney...all peas in a pod.

 

Dellheim-Churchill- Lindner: the silent, reliable lockstep votes needed to enact fiscally reckless spending-borrowing projects.

 

 

 

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