Wednesday, February 22, 2017

State of 100 Oligarchy Blvd. - Remains a Passive-Aggressive Oligarchy!?!

Well, normally I'd wait to comment until after Mayor Tom 'Now 13.7%' ChoiLankey gives his State of the Township address (this Thursday) but what's the point in waiting just to hear some more inspiring Springsteen quotes, some more blah..blah..blah from El Jefe on the state of the 'DemBadLands' of Downtown Edison?

Now, don't get me wrong - I have no problem with politicians putting the facts in a light most favorable to themselves but this guy spins stuff so much, he makes himself dizzy. Just a reminder - spin is all well and good, just as long as you don't believe it.

We have an all-Dem Oligarchy government that gives new meaning to the term 'Checks & Balances' - that being we'll tell you what we want you to know and only when we want you to know it. A council that acts more like clerks shuffling Lankey's paperwork around than watchdogs for the People of Downtown Edison.

Don't think so? Then ask yourself why SeƱor Lankey was able to tax the daylights out of you over the last three years with the muni-tax, garbage tax and sewer taxes (not to mention the bonding and law suit settlements) and the Council was no where to be found. All that tax money and the council couldn't find anything to cut to reduce the burden?

Take the Muni-tax, which Lankey has increased by 13.7% over his short reign and compare that to the council's review of those budgets and the effect of their proposed amendments in the final budgets they adopted, and what do you get - zilch, nada, nothing, the same 13.7%.

Here, take a peek down memory lane:
So, do we really need a Council under Lankey's stewardship? We can save a lot of time and money if we just let Lankey do what he wants and skip the dog and pony show we get from his 7 council clerks.

You know, our form of government is also known as a Strong Mayor, Weak Council form of government. Well, that's half true here in the 'DemBadLands' of Downtown Edison - we have a Weak Council.

And speaking of the council, with Diehl, Gomez and Shah up for reelection this year along with Lankey, looks like they're trying to dump Shah. Seems their choice (in their dysfunctional world of Edison Dem-party politics) for Shah's seat is Sam Joshi.

Now, it really doesn't matter to me who they pick since anyone they pick out of the Dem-party recycle bin would be someone who agrees to play by their rules to get their support. So, if it's not Joshi, it'll be someone else just like him.

Which brings me to Shah. Was never much of a fan of hers dating back to her stint on the Edison Board of Education. My take on her was she was more in the it's all about 'ME' mold of Rob 'Mr. Temper-a-Ment' Karabinchak and not so much for the People of Edison, but only much Smarter.

Having said that, let me tell you why it's a mistake to let the powers that be over there at 100 Oligarchy Boulevard to try and replace her.

First of all, she's really smart and articulate, has a substantive knowledge of the issues before the town and the council, she speaks up and out against the oligarchy when she has to, challenged that least qualified choice of Karabinchak for the 18th District seat, and, let's not forget, she was the only one who voted against Lankey's 9% ambush tax hike in his first year.

Seems to me we are better off having someone on the council who is not afraid to speak truth to power, than not.

So, if any of those 156 or so committee people are listening, don't be lead around by your nose - stick with Ms. Shah and for that matter, consider all the other qualified women who may be screening before you next month. It's time we had more women representing us on the council.

Anyhoo, at least we're comforted by the knowledge that if you don't play nice in the sandbox and buck the status quo, you have to go - here in the 'DemBadLands' of Downtown Edison.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Edison Board of Mythomania would like to draw Your Attention to..

Saw the recent President's Message here from Dr. Frank, the President of the Edison Board of Education. Apparently, the Board wants to draw your attention to a critical issue facing our town - funding (state aid) for our schools.

Really?!? Duh!

Didn't know it was 'critical' since it's been going on for years. We've never gotten our fair share under the SFRA and, most likely, won't see it anytime in the near future either.

What is disconcerting to me about this whining by the board is that they just don't get why we still haven't gotten our fair share. Really now, can they seriously be that naive?!?

Perhaps it's because they live the World of Mythomania over there on Pierson avenue and anything that takes attention away from lack of leadership is their motus-operandi du jour. And let's not forget that it's school budget time and it's always good to blame the state for lack of state aid when they put out another bloated budget and have to raise your taxes - Again!

So, Dr. Frank - rather than dropping these 'critical' bombs on the People of Downtown Edison about money we don't get, perhaps you should concentrate on how you're $pending the money you do get from the taxpayers of Edison - who fund some 90% of the School Budget.

What, you want us to contact our state legislators and make the case for you? Should I call Assemblyman Rob 'Mr. Temper-a-Ment' Karabinchak and ask him to help? Think he'll help you?

Perhaps you should be working on a cohesive, comprehensive and cost-efficient plan to address the overcrowding, which has been going on for years with no Board action.

Perhaps, a whole lot of things more but wasting time whining about things that won't be happening anytime soon is just a disservice to the People of Edison.

Here's thought - you want to help the taxpayers out here in Downtown Edison, then pay attention to how the Board has been treating the People of Edison and how and where you're $pending all that taxpayer money you've been getting over the years:

Anyhoo, don't be distracted by this diversionary rhetoric. The only thing 'critical' is the lack of board members looking out for the stakeholder who pays all the bills, which is you - the taxpayer. Pay attention to what this Board of Mythomania does and not what they whine about.

Apparently, Dr. Frank changed the last two paragraphs of his presentation (differs from the letter published on the school district's website) before the Senate Select Committee on School Funding Fairness: 2/2/2017 @ Middlesex CC - and didn't include the numbers he presented. These numbers he presents are with an NJDOE source reference.

Just an aside, but maybe Dr. Frank can ask Woodbridge Mayor John McCormac, whose deficit is nearly 3 times ours, why he's not whining about it and then maybe ask him how he manages to put out a School Bond Referendum without increasing property taxes?!?

Here's his presentation:

Friday, February 3, 2017

Charlie 'I Abstain' Tomaro - is Deputy material all right - Deputy Dog material!?!

Just saw this piece here in Tap into Edison about the Middlesex County Freeholders. Seems the Deputy Director is leaving and 'a county insider has said Freeholder Charles Tomaro is likely to take over as the board's deputy director.'

Geez, really? Haven't we had enough of this original poster child for everything that's been wrong with the EDO? Aren't their any other democrats more qualified than this guy?

Charlie 'I Abstain' Tomaro, the ultimate insider that once claimed to have done more than any other councilperson ever in the history of Downtown Edison - yeah, he abstained more!

Buy hey, what do I know - I still can't figure out why this guy is still hanging around or why anyone would want him to.

And lets not forget to give Charlie a Big Shout-Out for continuing to hold the line on property tax increases as a Freeloader, just like he did as a councilman here in Downtown Edison!?!

Anyhoo, let's hope the Freeholders don't exacerbate the EDO's mistake and take a pass on Edison's own 'Deputy Dog' who never met a tax increase he didn't like!