Don’t worry about the budget “doomsday”
So the Lane County budget is a “doomsday” waiting to happen (according to Commissioners). A prudent person would take steps to save money, right? Not Lane County. Not only have they given raises of up to 20% (December 2006) over several years (from $98,000 to $118,000) to directors, they’re in the midst of a hiring binge!
Many people express the stunningly obvious idea public safety is the County’s #1 priority. In light of that, and the financial “doomsday” the Commissioners claim, we’ll let the reader decide the wisdom of these new hires (as of 5/30/2007, see the current list for yourself at http://www.co.lane.or.us/jobs/ ):
It appears the Federal government will give Lane County a one-year extension of the $40 million in Federal funding, thus allowing County Commissioners to ignore the situation for another year (and eliminating the need for the 1.1% Lane County income tax). But they wouldn’t ignore the future, would they? After all, they’re paid big salaries (over $70,000) to be prepared for budgetary situations, right? (History, of course, says they’ll ignore the situation yet again).
On the ironic front, John Edwards gave a speech at UC Davis and received a fee of $55,000. Not really newsworthy or interesting until you know the topic — “Poverty, the great moral issue facing America”. Now, that’s funny.
The real problem with Oregon Government is Fiscal Responsibility and spending addiction
Lane County citizens soundly crushed the 1.1% income tax proposal with a 71% NO vote. But the votes do much more than send a strong message to County Commissioners (which they’ll likely ignore — again — for the 14th time); they reveal a deeply rooted problem in not only County, but state and other levels of government as well.
If you’ve missed the news, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is leaving DEI at the end of the year. NASCAR’s most popular driver is now a free agent. Where will he go? Start his own cup team with his own JR Motorsports? Hendrick? RCR? Joe Gibbs Racing? Or somewhere else?
We’d like to see Jr. end up with RCR Racing driving the 3 car. But who knows? Starting his own team is not an easy thing (Just ask Waltrip), so going to an existing team is most logical if he wants to win championships. Hendrick already has Gordon and Johnson, and a full house of drivers.
But RCR? With Harvick, Burton and Jr., we could see a lot of championships from RCR in the future. And after all, RCR still has the 3 number. Hmmm… Jr. in a black 3 Chevrolet? NASCAR would be the better for it, and it would be a good fit for Junior.
Whatever he does, it means a lot of people will be buying new hats … and shirts … and cars … and ….
If you’re a sports fan, you’ve seen many disgusting displays by both fans and athletes alike. The NBA should be renamed National Brawling Association; we’ve seen players assault fans (and the reverse), while football has drug addicts, criminals and other miscreants. Unfortunately, the players unions always oppose any reasonable punishment; are these really what we want as role models? But NASCAR got it right; when fans threw objects on the track after Sunday’s race, they were arrested and permanently banned from the track.