State of the County

“The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn’t work and then get elected and prove it.”

P.J. O’ROURKE, Holidays in Hell

I knew that Bucks County went for Obama in 2008, but I was a bit surprised to learn that the county went for Kerry in 2004.

Good Lord.  Not Kerry.

County commissioner elections are also coming up in November, and there’s been a real push on the Democrat’s side to get a majority.

I’ll happily go on record to say that I believe with my whole heart that when Dems get the reins, bad things happen.  It’s just the way it is.  They ride around on their blue wave, looking for a nesting ground because their old homestead is in ashes.  But they always bring their pathologies with them.  Higher taxes?  Coming soon!  More crime?  You bet!  Crappy schools?  Takes time, but they’re on the way.  Then when their policies have destroyed a community, they move on to fresh stomping grounds.

So I’m really not thrilled with the state of the GOP in Bucks.

Will people remember the 2010 Democrat voter fraud allegations?  Not so much, I think, since the scandal surrounded Murphy who’s out of the picture now.

But the Barbara Reilly & gang arrests will have more staying power, as will the memory of the secret deal with Candace Quinn.

Neil Samuels of the county Democratic Party and Pat Poprik of the county GOP got into a spitting match in the newspaper over which of the commissioners should have known and be held accountable.  In my opinion, it was a stupid spat between party operatives.  Who cares what they think?  I’d rather know what the commissioners have to say for themselves.

I don’t know how these county offices work, or how close together they are.  But come on, were these people who worked for Reilly kept in an isolation chamber?  Saying the kinds of things that happened in that office since the late 1980’s or early 1990’s went on and no one knew just doesn’t pass the smell test.  People always know, and they always talk.  And Reilly was warned in 1998 and again in 2001 by the auditor about improper use of comp time.  And still no red flags?  What’s in the Doylestown water anyway?

Pat Poprik’s stupid comment about commissioners not having authority over the office of the register of wills was just that: a stupid comment.  Any county elected official’s first responsibility is to the county and its residents.  End of sentence.  Maybe you can’t march in and take over the office, but don’t try to tell me your hands are tied.

The only reply I know of was from Charles Martin, in the Courier-Times, and it was lame.  Secret, eh?  Hit piece?  Boo hoo!  How could you possibly know what’s going on under your nose?

Have all the GOP elected officials decided to take a page from Obama’s book and make sure that the buck skitters away elsewhere?  Why do the Republicans sound like Democrats?

This is how communities turn from red to blue: Republicans too arrogant to step up and take responsibility.  We need to clean it up or it will be cleaned for us, and we’re not going to like the result.

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