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The pattern starts small

Posted: July 1, 2010 4:29 p.m.
Updated: July 2, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 

A microcosm of what is occurring in national politics could be seen by observing the June 22 Santa Clarita City Council meeting. I refer to the “yes” vote for a large increase in the (non-political action committee) campaign donations to a $1,000 cap for our local political candidates. 

The measure was the brainchild of Councilman Frank “Rahm Emanuel” Ferry, the council’s identifier of local “terrorists.” In spite of about a dozen citizens taking to the microphone and unanimously saying “no” to the contrivance, the council dismissively voted for the dollars. The lone exception was the ever-sensible, wholly witted Councilman Bob Kellar with his “no” vote.

Once again, the majority of citizens said “no,” and the echelons sent the message: “We don’t care what you think, this benefits us and we’re doing it — like it or not.”

Mayor Laurene Weste and Councilwoman Marsha McLean told of the hard work it takes to get donor money and campaign for the job. If the job isn’t worth working for, don’t do it. If you chose to do it, don’t whine about it. How many of you readers work hard for and at your jobs?

Ferry’s original proposal included eliminating the nonreporting of the $99-and-less donors. He conceded on that and changed his proposal. Don’t bother being impressed. The move is one of the staples in the art of negotiations. You put a pile together, and when one minor item is highlighted to give up, you do it.

You didn’t give a fat rat’s fanny about it in the first place, but you look like you’re flexible.

Yep, proof again: The political pattern starts small and ugly, and simply metastasizes.

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