Obfuscation By The Head Shill
Last week, appropriately on Friday the 13th, Colin McCarthy - in his role as head shill for the OC GOP as President of the Costa Mesa Taxpayer's Association - published another screed on their website, trying to whip up support for his pals on the City Council by begging the members of his organization to speak up in support of this council's bogus schemes. I have included the complete text of his message below, along with comments of mine interspersed throughout. The text of his message is shown in red. My comments are in blue, bold italics.
Update from the President
Our City Council needs your support!
2012 marks the first time in years that the Costa Mesa City Council balanced our City’s budget without utilizing our reserves to pay the bills. Ah, it also marks the first time since 2008 that the economy has not continued to decline! Previous councils - despite all the criticism leveled against them - were wise enough to have put away more than $70 million just for such an event. The Council has begun working at outsourcing some City services in order to cut our long-term labor and benefit costs. Yes, but they jumped the gun, failed to follow their own rules and ended up getting the city involved in a very expensive lawsuit which is still not resolved. They have focused on hiring administrators who live in our City (including Police Chief, City CEO, Assistant CEO, etc.) and have begun the long overdue task of pumping money back into our crumbing City infrastructure. Ah, Colin, our City infrastructure is NOT crumbling. The maintenance of roads and alleys were all on schedule - a schedule carefully crafted by highly-trained staff members and not the knee-jerk reaction for political expediency. They are interested in future of our City and are taking a hard-line against spending money we don’t have. As are the speakers you're trying to paint as radical obstructionists. Each of them are long-term residents and concerned taxpayers who don't like the tactics of this council and its group of sycophants - like yourself, Colin - who twist and distort "facts" and make up others to inflame the residents of this city for no reason.
For all of this, our Council majority has been personally attacked, harassed, threatened and even had their spouses accosted while shopping. Really? Which spouse was accosted while shopping? Was this encounter reported to the police? What damage was done? Was this just another "spray-painted car" event? Which council members were threatened? As a lawyer you should know it's a felony to threaten an elected official. Who did it, when and where? Were the authorities contacted? There is a vocal minority in this City that does not want to see any fiscal reform. Really? Who are they? If you mean those folks who regularly speak before the council - some of whom are members of Costa Mesans For Responsible Government - how do you know they don't want to see any fiscal reform? Quite the contrary, every time they speak they address that issue and others. To them, a QUARTER BILLION DOLLAR unfunded pension obligation is okay. NO, it's not OK! However, that obligation is not due tomorrow and opportunities have been presented to the council to help resolve that gap, but they've been consistently ignored because they don't fit in Jim Righeimer's political agenda. To them, $350,000 a year firemen are okay. That "$350,000 a year fireman" is one Battalion Chief who, because your pals on the city council refuse to permit filling of vacancies, is required to work overtime to provide adequate public safety coverage for this city. That overtime is DIRECTLY attributable to your buddies on the City Council! To them, our money should all be spent on salaries and benefits and not on improving our City. That, of course, is a steaming pile of manure, Colin. Yet another lie to inflame the populace.
We all know that this fringe element represents the small minority of residents in our great City. As does your shill organization for the OC GOP. However, it is this vocal minority that is speaking up. Yes, they are - and doing so very effectively. They speak at City Council meetings, they write hateful editorials in the local media and they effectively pretend that they speak for the majority of residents. And there's that word, Colin - "hateful". NOTHING that any of those folks have said or written can - by the wildest stretch of the imagination - be considered "hateful". That's a word you and your pals have used to describe almost any phrase of opposition. It is not "hate" when one opposes your views. It is not "hate" when a person points out the folly of your actions. As members of a representative Republic, it is their right and duty to speak out against their elected leaders when they feel their actions are wrong. What you want is absolute obedience - a dictatorship.
It is time for Costa Mesan’s to speak out. Colin, Costa Mesans are, and have been, speaking out. Those speaking in opposition are long-time residents of the city, former elected officials and senior members of the City Staff. Each brings not only long tenure and deep ties to the community, but specialized expertise, as well. It is time for those of us who support living within our means to get involved. Actually, Colin, we are involved. We must continue to demand fiscal reform. And, of course, that's been happening, but your pals have been ignoring us. Tell the City Council that enough spending is enough. I agree, such as spending money on lawyers like a bunch of drunken sailors! They're going to spend DOUBLE the budget this year on legal fees on issues that THEY created! Tell them that you support a balanced budget. Actually, Colin, they had a balanced budget last year - including a surplus of more than $3 million that they were not responsible for - the previous council was! Tell them that you support paying down our pension debt and negotiating Police and Fire contracts that are fair to the residents, not just the unions. And yet the council has chosen NOT to offer to negotiate, but took the hard line of the illegal layoff notices. They've rejected overtures by bargaining units (we don't have unions in our city government, Colin) that would have saved hundreds of thousands of dollars. Tell them you are not going to pass the buck onto our children and grandchildren. And yet, that's exactly what they are doing by failing to negotiate.
So what can you do? There are two key ways to help this important cause. Attend City Council meetings and speak during public comment. The following is a schedule of the next few City Council meetings:
April 17, 2012
May 1, 2012
May 15, 2012
June 5, 2012
All meetings are on Tuesday and begin at 6:00 p.m. and public comment period is shortly thereafter. You do not need to stay for the entire meeting. Of course you don't have to stay and hear what's going on! Why clutter up your heads with details and actual facts? Heck, watching your council in action might just change your minds about things. If you stayed and watched them vilify and berate speakers before them and try to stifle the only voice of reason on the dais - Wendy Leece - you might actually begin to understand what has so many people who actually DO pay attention so angry. Nah, just step up, say your canned talking points and then go home. Speakers are permitted up to 3 minutes. Unless Mayor Bever has a bug up his butt, then he might cut you off. The Council is used to only hearing from critics, not from those who want to move our City forward. Actually, that should read, "The Council is used to only hearing from critics - those who want to move our City forward."
Write a letter to the Editor. The Daily Pilot routi nely accepts editorials from the public on important issues. Actually, they're not "editorials" - those are produced by "editors". It does not have to be Shakespeare. Obviously, or they wouldn't publish the lie-filled pap you and your pals submit. They will generally publish anything up to one p age in length (single-spaced.) Actually, the Pilot has a 500-word limit. You can email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail them in. Make sure and include your address and telephone number. They do not publish that i nformation to the public, but it is their way of making sure you are a real person and a resident. Actually, Colin, the Pilot will publish comments from folks who are not residents, too. You're so used to spreading lies and other misinformation that you just can't help yourself, can you?
If only 5% of our membership regularly spoke out in favor of fiscal reform, we would drown-out the extremists and haters who are so fiercely fighting change. There's that word again, Colin. Opposition does not mean "hate". The only hate we see these days comes from you and your pals in the form of c omments posted on blogs and the garbage you and your buddies write. But, then, that's what happens when your side of the argument is so weak - you have to try to mis-characterize those who disagree with you. We need your help. Please get involved in whatever way you can.
Please tell your friends and neighbors to add their names to our email list at www.CMTax.org/JoinUs.php and forward our updates to anyone you think may enjoy reading them. And, Colin, do your "contributors" know how you're using their money? Have you explained to them just what your PAC supports? Just asking... You can also visit our Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/CMTax!
President, Costa Mesa Taxpayers Association
SPREADING LIES AND DECEIT
So, there you have it. Colin McCarthy - head shill for the OC GOP - spreading lies and misinformation to his members. It's curious that, despite all his rhetoric over the past year, so few of his members actually take the time to give the requested pep talks to the four members of the city council they theoretically support. Obvio usly, McCarthy and his buddies have failed to provide enough red meat to them. We've seen a few of them step up and mutter something from prepared talking points, but they clearly do not actually understand the issues so they embarrass themselves. That's a shame. They seem like nice folks, but are being led down the proverbial garden path by McCarthy and his buddies.
WHO WILL SHOW UP?
Well, let's see how effective Colin's call to arms is next Tuesday. Will "5%" of the membership of the Costa Mesa Taxpayer's Association show up? How many of them will have something to say other than simply recite a page from the Jim Fitzpatrick fanny-smoocher's song book? Will they become so rowdy that our part-time, part-time ma yor, Eric Bever, be forced to turn loose the Sergeant-at-arms on them and toss them bodily out of the building - like his buddy, Allan Mansoor did with Benito Acosta a few years ago? You remember that case - it's still percolating through the bowels of City Hall. Will we end up with more lawsuits?
LOOKING FORWARD TO HEARING FROM THEM
I'm eager to hear from those folks. I want to see how effective McCarthy and his crew have been casting their spell over residents of this city. I want to hear their thoughts and see if any of them have something to contribute to the discussion of these very important issues. Honestly, I really do...