In Our View: Solutions … No ProblemsThe local democrats flipped out:
County commissioners once again ponder reforming local government
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
When a wild goose chase clearly defines itself before it even begins, responsible travelers will decline to embark on the journey. Such is the case before Clark County commissioners as they ponder another expedition into the well-known futility of changing county government to a home rule charter.
Another apt metaphor for this crusade is a solution in search of a problem. Voters have rejected a proposed home rule charter three times in 20 years, most recently in 2002. This micro-introspection of a macro-bureaucracy became so yawn-inducing in 2011 that county commissioners declined to even pull out the stethoscope. Seven public meetings were attended by a grand total of 113 people. (The level of interest might have been even lower than such a paltry number denotes, because there's no way of knowing how many people attended multiple meetings). In response, county commissioners correctly declined to pursue the matter further.
Proposed changes in county charter could be awful
Clark County’s government structure is somewhat antique and outdated. A system invented to manage road construction and not much else in the way of governance clanks along clumsily in a high-speed era of complex and varied civic action.
Streamlining and modernizing the machine appeals to the progressive psyche, but the folks who have convinced the Board of Clark County Commissioners to consider adopting a new county charter have other agenda priorities.
They hope to give rural interests dominance over urban values. They suppose they can make it harder for county government to raise and spend money on social problems and infrastructure capital.
They are far away from achieving their goals, but inattention from thoughtful citizens could ease their path.
NOW, all of a sudden, these changes... they THINK it suddenly WON'T be "awful."
But it will be... for them.
Increasing the number of commissioners would result in a permanent GOP majority and enable a block veto.
That said, the people of this county would be enabled to vote on anything... even the garbage that is the CRC Scam.
As it is now, nothing is, as the local version or Pravda Izvestia put it, "Broken." But because of the perception of "broken," the left has fallen into the trap. They stupidly believe they can catch this tiger by the tail... when in all likelihood, they're going to wind up being eaten.