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Not my ward, I have no horse in this race, but lordy it is funny....

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I want to see death metal campaign ads, like this one politician did in Poland:

 

 

The translation is:

 

End of stiff talks

End of stupid wars

Secular country

Appropriate life

Appropriate life

Freedom

Freedom

That's my aim

Vote smart

Jedrzej Wijas to join Parliment

Fair order

Fair man

Dude's got my vote!  If I could vote in Poland, that is...

 

 

 

 

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Also "funny," if true, is that Commissioner Paul McElhaney has not recused himself while on the Board of Commissioners from votes that directly affect the Lower Merion Township Workers Association, such as contracts between the Township and the LMTWA.

Commissioner McElhaney's brother, George, is President of the Workers Association.

August 4, 2011  http://mainlinemedianews.com/articles/2011/08/08/main_line_times/news/doc4e40152abf9bf617227988.txt

 

                       "Video: George McElhaney Pres. LMWA speaking on proposed contract with Township"

 

Conflict of interest is an obvious question, one that publicly has been raised by citizens.   Does Commissioner McElhaney recuse himself from contract-related votes?

If not, what explanations has he given? 

Observer hopes not to learn that the answer is:  Commissioner Paul McElhaney said that he doesn't recuse himself because he got a hall pass from our Township Solictor, Gil High.


Link to video also includes brief story by Cheryl Allison of Main Line Times:

Reacting to the board of commissioners’ decision to postpone discussion of a proposed new four-year contract with the 206-member union, Lower Merion Township Workers Association President George McElhaney addressed the board during public comment at its Aug. 4 meeting.

The union, which has been working without a contract since Jan. 1, ratified the proposed contract in a close vote July 28. It includes lump-sum payments to workers in 2011, followed by a 2.5-percent pay increase in 2012 and 2.75-percent increases in 2013 and 2014, balanced by concessions in health insurance coverage and the elimination of longevity payments for new hires.

In a 9-5 vote last week, the board approved President Liz Rogan’s motion to suspend consideration of the new agreement until Sept. 21. Rogan said the township had received a “barrage” of questions from commissioners and the community after terms of the agreement were made public July 29, and she was concerned that some on the board would “feel rushed” to a decision. //

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I ended up on a random Democratic Committeeperson e-mail list this weekend (go figure that one because the mean girls love me so much, right?), and here are some of the gemm-ier gem excerpts (sing along to if you are anything other than them you are evil):

Lmdemocrat62@yahoo.com and would you please identify yourselves?

What I see here is a Republican attack ad forwarded by two anonymous people to a list easily compiled from the DCLMN website.

Mary Walsh
Committee Person 4-3

Sent from my iPhone

This was in response to something sent to some woman named Jill Stein who is the head of Lower Merion Democrats:

Jill,
Have you seen this video?!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tprF88PJBVg Can you believe this?!!!

I told you that it was only a matter of time before this happened. It's disturbing to see what Paul and his colleagues have done to policy and public discourse and not surprising that someone has finally put something like this together. You and I have discussed how he and his Dem colleagues have made it difficult for us to continue to win elections. This kind of behavior tarnishes our entire party.

This is the final straw for me and my family. I just can't pull the straight-party lever this time. This video effectively demonstrates the need for fresh leadership in Lower Merion and a change in our party. I'm urging everyone I know to vote for Ray Fullbright and against Paul McElhaney. I’m sorry. Enough is enough.

I can't believe it, but I'm also asking my friends to vote for Republicans A.J. Kait, Beth Ladenhiem, Richard Kauffman and Louis Barson in the other contested wards. Their respective opponents, Daniel Bernheim, Liz Rogan, George Manos and Brian McGuire do not represent what's best about our party.

Sorry Jill, I'm voting for the challengers this time. I hope our party does better next election.
-Liz

WTF??? And then...

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: "lmdemocrat62@yahoo.com"
To: Phyllis Rubin
Sent: Sunday, November 6, 2011 9:26 AM
Subject: Re: Enough is enough!

Phyllis:

Thanks for your email. At the outset, I would ask that you share my response with those you bcc'd on your email to me (one of your recipients told me you had copied others). I also want to address the mystery surrounding my identity. I know that if I make my identity known, I'll be shunned from the party and my family will also pay a price. I know how it works and don't want that to happen to my family. My children play with and visit the homes of many people who I know received my email. If they knew it was me - I'm certain my children would suffer by not being invited back and I don't want that to happen. Believe it or not, I did what I did in order to strengthen our party not lose friends.

I certainly understand where you're coming from. I became a Democrat for the reasons you set forth (and more). I agree with you and believe in what we're fighting for. I'm just so frustrated, Phyllis, and I know you're frustrated too. You and I have talked about it. So have many of the others in our group. You guys bust your butt down there in Ward 14 -and for what? The commissioners just don't seem to get it. They give us miserable candidates (Tanzer!!?) and open the door to attacks like this. McElhaney didn't need to act out or open his mouth....and in such a gross way!!!

We have the majority on the board - yet, we let the Republicans drive. They speak with common sense on the issues and they come across like the reasonable ones. This McElhaney video really hit a nerve. I spend a LOT of time working on party stuff and trying to convince voters to support our team (as you know, it's not as easy as it once was). We don't all have the numbers you have in Penn Wynne. Now, I'm going to need to answer for this as well? That's just wrong. There are a number of us who think that our party leadership needs to reign in the commissioners so that we're all on the same page. We shouldn't be shooting ourselves in the foot and making life tougher for those of us who won the majority in the first place. If our commissioners would just listen to us and do the job they're supposed to do - we wouldn't be facing what we're now facing. We need stronger party leaders to make this happen. Bill and Jill are a two-headed dog that can't walk in a straight line. We all see it yet no one is willing to acknowledge it.

It's unfortunate - but someone needed to speak up before the canoe is upside down.

"Liz"

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From: Phyllis Rubin
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Sent: Saturday, November 5, 2011 5:02 PM
Subject: Re: Enough is enough!

Liz:
Someone forwarded me your comments accompanying the Paul McElhaney youtube video. Note that the following is not any entity's official response.

If you watch the youtube piece with the knowledge that each Republican LM Commissioner candidate was handed $30,000 for their ward race -- a wildly unprecedented sum for that office -- you understand how this video came about. It is clearly professionally made, and contains the hallmarks of slanted presentation: lack of specifics, incendiary language, stock video footage that has nothing to do with the real situation, sarcastic authoritative voice-over.

One moment's reaction is played over and over, without explaining what was actually being responded to. There is the implication that the commissioner raised taxes and fees because it's his religion or something. Anyone who has some knowledge about how squeezed the township is will understand that none of the complicated decisions mentioned were taken lightly, and that they were based upon the commitment for continuing excellent services and long-term financial health of our township.

You have to admit: the Republican commissioners have not exactly been the models of civility on the Board. They have the luxury of being in the position of criticizers who grandstand and make accusations, and sometimes people on the receiving end will loose patience after hours (and weeks) of this, and react. I don't condone that behavior from anyone, but we can hardly point a finger at only one party.

Since the Republicans are the minority on the township board, they have not actually had to make the hard decisions of governing. If they become the majority, I expect that we can kiss many of our excellent township services goodbye. Taxes might go down, but actual households payments will increase, since we can expect each household to pay fees to private companies fulfilling similar services the township now provides. As in many municipalities run by Republicans, the services would likely come at a lower quality, charging fees that are likely higher than we currently pay in taxes (and would no doubt continue to rise). This, of course, would be a much greater hardship on those families in our community with a lower income. Not coincidentally, these families are not concentrated in the wards represented by Republicans.

I am a Democrat because I believe in the common good and pooling our resources in government. It is clear that the Republicans do not. Whoever you are, Liz, I hope you will re-think your position.

Phyllis Rubin
LM14-1

Common good Phyllis whomever you are? You can use that with a straight face? If you actually believed that, a few commissioners from your party who are currently commissioner would not be commissioners. And if your party is doing such a stand up job, why do Democrat commissioners drop like flies before their term is up and so someone can be appointed they hand picked?

Politics in Lower Merion has gone from gutter to toilet. Here's hoping people have enough courage to go into the voting booth in the eastern end of this township and vote them out.

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Could Ms. Rubin point to Republican "incivility"?

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oh Bob, LOL, why bother? With people like that if you are not the cookie cutter image of them you are "incivil"

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Lower Merion spends more, borrows more and taxes more than any surrounding municipality and can anyone say that Lower Merion's standard of living is higher, or the quality of services better or the quantity of services greater?

Spending, borrowing and taxes have escalated in last 8 years. Can we say that the quality or quantity of services in Lower Merion have increased? Can anyone say that the standard of living has increased in last 8 years?

Ms. Rubin believes in common good. How does it advance the common good to spend more and more without getting anything in return?

How does coercing a community to pay for products or services, like the expanded bricks and mortar libraries with fewer books to be used by 1 or 2% of the community advance the common good?

How does $300 million on new school construction improve student learning performance?

Ms. Rubin's morally superiority seems to distort her perceptions or her ability to do a simple cost benefit analysis.

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Mary Walsh says this is a Republican attack ad. But she does not deny its truthfulness nor does she apologize for the candidate LM Dem Comm is supporting.

The registration is two to one Democratic and it is, likely, that a large bloc of Democrats will vote lockstep. The question is how many common sense Democrats are there and how many independents who see what will happen to Lower Merion if we continue on the path we are on.

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