I’m violating a basic rule of blogging I’ve tried to keep to in all my online writing – never blog when you’re ticked off. But then I read about the crap the Mayor’s gang are pulling to rob MUNI of stable funding we voted for and were promised in 2007, and well, I can’t just sit idly by and sing the praises of Dear Green Gavin.
This is someone who runs around talking about how frakking “green” he is, gets on magazine covers and praised by So-Called Liberal San Francisco as a Captain of the “green movement,” but when push comes to shove on things that might actually do something about the things he claims to care about, lets loose the dogs to MUNI, and gives them shady lawyer’s tricks to help out in the brutalization.
Now, in and of itself, budget shenanigans aren’t enough to call out Gavin the Green on his nonsense. Everyone’s doing it – the birds, the bugs and the state is doing it (let’s call it f*cked!)*** – and the Obama “stimulus package” has been a bitter fight for anything not more subsidies for cars and nonsense.
What makes this worse is that this Mayor, who clearly does not want to spend time in San Francisco, doing the job he was elected to do, who has stolen MUNI money in the past to pay political staffers’ salaries in his office, and blew money we did not have on plasma TVs and pricey office goodies all in the name of “getting good ideas to run San Francisco” dares to call himself a Captain of “green” thinking, asking his flock to his Facebook page. Remind me how this is better than having a C-Student take us to war in Iraq and bankrupt the country? Hmm?
News flash, Mayor (and his team of boys running things): why don’t you spend more time in the city you were elected to run, not in high priced mansions for your fundraisers? Try talking your silly during rush hour when those of us who work for a living are late because your overpaid Smart Kids (who apparently are up for a big job in Los Angeles!) couldn’t run a two-car parade, much less a simple transit system in a city of less than 800,000 people.
This is a Mayor, who, during an election year, jacked up salaries arbitrarily for key city employee groups for his own benefit, blowing out the deficit. Had it not been for the bumbling alliterative talents of the so-called “progressives” in illustrating this fact, perhaps we might have avoided some of the budget pain we have, now that times are not so flush with taxpayer cash. D’oh!
You’ll have to pardon me if I’m sounding harsh, but I’m sick and tired of being “punished” for the fact I don’t drive my old, gas-guzzling, big, annoying Lexus (yes, really, I had a Lexus) and opted out of a car-dependent lifestyle when a crash offered me a way out.
More importantly, I am getting very sick and tired of hearing political platitudes from a Mayor/Captain who claims to be “green” while driving a gas-sucking 20 mpg SUV, and demanding we lay roses at his feet for his oh-so-pious-green silliness.
However, I’m not someone to simply post blog rants and run. Oh no. If city departments can loot MUNI based on spurious claims, well then, it’s time for MUNI to issue a little payback.
The police are now billing MUNI for doing traffic duty(!) whenever a bus shows up. Well, then I propose MUNI bill the SFPD for every stolen fare the SFPD fails to capture because they don’t patrol MUNI for crime. And for every person harassed by a criminal (think that criminal who beat up people on MUNI, only to later kill a family in SF), well, another bill. And for every drunk driver, or heck, every fool driver who causes MUNI delays that surely the SFPD could have prevented, another bill.
But why stop there? Let’s get crazy. Let’s bill the library system for every person who didn’t read a MUNI map and thus, delayed the buses when someone asked directions. Let’s think up all kinds of crazy stuff, and start a war of attrition, where lawyers and bureaucrats and accountants bill overtime, and everyone who pays taxes and lives by the rules, gets screwed. Hey, I hear that if you read, you should bill MUNI! Bill ’em!
Sound like a bad idea? It is. It’s time for a clean slate. Time for us to stop the nonsense. And we start by not electing pretty boys and girls who make us feel good, but don’t have a record of doing something that actually benefits the people of Our Fair City.
***50 points if you can guess what I’m spoofing here. Hey, we gotta have some fun in a time of crisis, right?
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