Looks like there's gonna be some action on both sides of town next week. First, the Edison Democratic Organization (EDO) is having their screening for mayor and the three council spots on Tuesday March 21st and the Board of Mythomania..aka Board of EDems will soon be putting out their 2017-18 Preliminary School Budget according to their March 22nd caucus meeting agenda here.
First, lets talk about the Board of Mythomania and their infamously bloated and out-of-control $pending Pots of Money they call a school budget. Remember the 2016-17 school budget that had $pending of a whopping $234 million and came with school tax rate of $2.932 Per 100 of assessed value and an 11.2-cent tax hike? Just another in a long line of school tax hikes.
Here, take a trip down the years over there at 312 Mythomania Lane:
Guess it would be to much to ask for them to get their Out-of-Control $pending under control, stop building bloated budgets and bloated reserves, stop playing their staffing shell game with their budgets and, finally, stop hoarding taxpayer relief money. So, let's see how they build this budget.
Will they use their bloated budget that grows exponentially every year by 2% or more and their hoarded taxpayer relief money to just increase $pending and pretend they did a good job and didn't raise your taxes by much or what they should do and use that money to reduce the $2.932 school tax rate.
We'll see when they put out their Preliminary 2017-18 Pot of Money.
Next, we have next Tuesday's Local Dem Party (EDO) Oligarchy's screening for mayor and the three council spots. You remember the EDO, the party that brought you Charlie 'I Abstain' Tomaro, the new 'Deputy Dog' of the Freeholders and the poster-child for term-limits and for everything that's wrong with the EDO and Rob 'Mr. Temper-a-Ment' Karabinchak, the new Ass' Man for the 18th District who personifies the 'ME' in Team and the EDO's Greatest Failure.
Anyway, you can see my thoughts about that in the March 5th post.
Now, what can you say about a town where one-party controls everything and checks and balances are just an after thought and the council is just seven more clerks to shuffle Mayor Tom 'Now 13.7%' ChoiLankey's paperwork around?
Not much if you enjoy living in a town where the Perils of One-Party Government are more than Perils, they're a way of life.
You can't better see this Dem-Party Oligarchy come to life than in this simple pic of what the good old boys club does to you:
So, whatever portion of those 156 Dem committee people show up on Tuesday to vote - and pick who gets the party's support and, more importantly, who you get to vote for; remember this - a vote for any of the incumbents is a vote against yourself and perpetuates everything that's wrong with this town when you have a select handful of people who control everything.
Which brings me to my point. We have to stop letting the Local Dems control who we can and cannot vote for. So, I say their trying to dump Ms. Shah for Sam Joshi - I go with Shah - she may have fallen out of party favor but she's not afraid to take on the powers that be.
Next, I go with Sheila Angalet - an outspoken committeewoman who's not afraid to stick up for the people and is always getting shunned by the party. Geez, I wonder why?!?
Here's her paperwork:
Check out her FaceBook page and Twitter account and see if you wouldn't like someone like that representing you. I would.
Lastly, just a final bit of poetic justice for the party that has made Edison Safe for Hypocrisy - I'd go with Vibhi Kumar and make it a three women sweep for the good old boys club.
But hey, at least we're comforted in the knowledge that we live in a town where two wolves and a sheep take a majority vote on what's for dinner - and unfortunately, we're the sheep!