The Tale of Two Governors
Once upon a time two states each had a governor. One was elected by campaigning to fix a broken state. Too much spending, too many taxes, corruption and arrogance ran rampant through the state government. The other Governor woke up one morning to discover that he was governor because the originally elected governor had a serious wardrobe malfunction. It appears that the originally elected governor couldn’t keep his zipper zipped.
The elected governor made some serious promises when he campaigned about how he was going to stop spending and push back against the corruption and arrogance that existed in the state government. He was going to make some serious decisions and take actions that would make the victims of the state’s oppressive extortion that those in state government referred to as taxes very happy. Unfortunately those same actions would disappoint and anger the former power brokers and leaches who used to feed from the public trough. This elected governor chose to go home with the one who brought him to the dance, not with the leaches who preferred to pick the public pockets. Can you imagine the scandal? An elected official not only doing what he campaigned to do, but doing the right thing when the whores and leaches of his state called him names and misrepresented his actions. Honesty and integrity in office, is that allowed? Surely someone passed a law against that at some point.
The appointed governor who backed into the job when the originally elected governor suffered his unfortunate zipper incident, never made any promise to be effective let alone adequate. So he has gone forward stumbling and groping at anything that could help him appear to be adequate, but that’s hard to do when you’re appointed and have a serious dislike for hard work. His skills seem to be making the wrong decision, hiring and promoting the wrong people and watching the wrong baseball games. It’s hard for him to accomplish anything positive when everyone around him expects results. He didn’t make any awkward promises during the campaign, so he would have no problem living up to that standard. Promise nothing do nothing. The problem is he didn’t just do nothing. He aided and abetted the Circus in Albany when the empty suits initiated the Chinese Fire drill (my apologies to the Chinese for linking that flock of mental midgets to the Chinese) in the State Senate. As they failed to do what they were elected to do, they successfully showed their skills in treachery, bribery and incompetence. Loyalty, honor, integrity and devotion to duty are such foreign terms to those empty suits. The Governor who backed into office presided over that circus. He made a feeble attempt at leadership, but that was like trying to light up NYC with a damp match. Tiny flame, tiny effect. A little leadership would have helped, but you can’t make chicken salad out of chicken crap, and that’s about all he brought to the table. Then when a team from his state was in the World Series, he brow beat them into giving him some free tickets for him to use to execute the duties of his high office. Watching the game with is son and then not paying for the tickets and then when asked giving what appears to be a less than truthful answer under oath. How’s that for living up to your potential? Not to mention possibly using state resources to impede an investigation involving a domestic abuse case involving a senior aid. The awkwardness just keeps on getting more awkward.
Let’s go back and discus the elected Governor again, my computer is choking on this one. The elected governor ran for office because there were serious problems in his state. He ran for office so he could have a positive impact because of the problems. Some of the problems they had to endure were: high taxes, out of control spending and more than a couple of unfortunate scandals involving some members of the state and local governments. He was elected to make a positive impact. The squealing and whining by the special interest groups and the serial liars and spenders from that state could be heard all over the country. But this elected official stayed focused and delivered what he promised, in spite of the difficulties.
The appointed governor rolled over and played dead from the minute he moved his stuff into the governor’s mansion. Now to give this man some credit, his state has some of the same problems as the elected governor’s state, but this man never intended to solve them or to have any impact on them in any way, except to use the broken state to improve his life for as long as he possibly could. He was there for the paycheck and the status, not to accomplish anything or impede the other elected empty suits.
This is the tale of our two governors. Will one wind up disgraced and run out of town on a rail for his misdeeds? Will one be successful and accomplish what he intended to in spite of the objections of those around him? Will the serial liars and thieves and empty suits in state and local governments finally get voted out of office and join the ranks of the unemployed and stay that way as long as possible? Most of us don’t deserve to be unemployed, but I’m beginning to think that some of us should be unemployed; we can hurt fewer people that way.
Only time will tell.
Vote the Bums Out,