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Scorched Earth

Local elections in small townships can get pretty nasty, don’t you think?

Someone’s been spending money on a little research project from a dubious-sounding organization called the Delaware Valley Clean Government Council.  There’s a PO box, no street address, no phone, no website.  Not such a great marketing strategy for a non-profit!

Anyway, this “Clean Government Council” has provided info that Guy Polhemus was sued, along with some 39 other defendants, in May 2000.  All of the defendants counter-sued for malicious prosecution.  Here’s the link if you want to read about it.  Go to the end of the document; the case was dismissed.

Score: Incumbents 0, Polhemus 1

Bonus questions: who paid to mail this letter?  Was tax money used?  If the “Council” is real, they do this for money.  Who paid for that?  If the “Council” is bogus, who took the trip out to Wynnewood PA to set up the PO box?  Was the tax-paid administrative vehicle used?

Just wondering.

Emails have been flying around as well.  Here’s one from “Henry Orin”:

The Team attacks Mary Ryan and Dan Rattigan for not cutting enough from the budget even though they’ve pared away 9% in the last two years. When The Team finally produces its 2012 UMT budget proposal (see attached) it contains no cuts in spending. WE CAN’T AFFORDTHESE “REPUBLICAN ENDORSED CANDIDATES”. Their poorly conceived and ill-informed proposal is dead on arrival. Will they cut our police services, sell off our open space, and/or reduce township staff below critical levels? WE DON’T KNOW AND THEIR NOT TELLING.

VOTE FOR WHAT WE KNOW. DAN RATTIGAN AND MARY RYAN (13B and 12B) WILL CONTINUE THE HOLD THE LINE ON EXPENSES WHILE MAINTAINING UMT’s CHARACTER AND OUR WAY OFLIFE.

(Sic sic sic – as many sics as required).

This person lists concerns, but they don’t mention the half-million dollar deficit Ryan and Rattigan approved.  Poor arithmetic and spelling skills.

Bob North (any relation to Bob West?  Is there an East and a South?) sends this:

Ernie Sasso says he wants to save the Upper Makefield taxpayers money if he’s elected; however, his record says that’s not true.  Attorney Sasso sued UMT over his own obstruction of the township’s right of way at his property.  The attached file documents Mr. Sasso’s filing.  WE CAN’T AFFORD “SUE ‘EM ERNIE.”  His self-declared wish to monitor the township solicitor’s work and his record indicate that “Sue ’em Ernie” will have UMT involved in needless expensive litigation we can’t afford.

ON NOVEMBER 8th, VOTE FOR WHAT WE KNOW.  DAN RATTIGAN AND MARY RYAN (13B and 12B) WILL CONTINUE TO HOLD THE LINE ON EXPENSES WHILE
MAINTAINING UPPER MAKEFIELD’S CHARACTER AND OUR WAY OF LIFE.

“Sue-Em Ernie”?  Heh.  I did better with Cryin’ Ryan and RATtigan.  I wrote about this lawsuit issue earlier.  And again, “Bob North” is supremely unconcerned with the enormous deficit.  Not worth mentioning!

Well, Ryan and Rattigan are running as Democrats.  It’s no surprise they choose to take pages from Obama’s playbook, which is essentially “Don’t look at our records or the issues” because their records stink.

For my part, I know that anyone can be sued.  Might I want to know more?  Sure, but being sued isn’t an indicator of anything.  If you think otherwise, wake up and look around.  But I know you do know this, since you’re smart enough to read this blog!

Next, a letter from Captain William Glyndwr Martin (page 1 and page 2).  I like the letter, but I am doubtful that this is the writer’s real identity.  Clever idea though, I must say – make “mincemeat” out of them!  And the signatories of the “Red Star Group” letter are well-connected people; some of those names connect a grimace right to my face.  (And why didn’t I get that original Red Star letter; am I not worth the price of a stamp?  I’ve got a bone to pick with you Red Star groupies.)

Well, maybe there are 2 Upper Makefields.  And Ryan and Rattigan only know people from the one group, the group that doesn’t care if you raise their taxes 3 or 30 mils.

Lastly, I received this letter from the Breeden/Polhemus/Sasso team.  Note the bullet point near the end about the UM township manager earning more than the Bucks County COO.  I don’t know the latter’s salary, but I did hear Charles Martin make the statement that the COO earns less.  Heck, Teoli’s annual salary & bonus is nearly the price I paid for my house.  Didn’t she help preside over those daffy budgets and killer deficits?  Hmmm… exactly what are we paying her for?

Final note: it’s a small township.  Scorched earth tactics like the ones Ryan and Rattigan are willing to use can leave the ground smoldering for a long time to come.  Too bad they couldn’t have just been decent supervisors in the first place.

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It’s on the Web!

I’ve been meaning to add a blogroll, a set of recommended links which appear to the right of the posts.

Now I have an incentive: a new website that has information about the Republican candidates running for UMT supervisor.

Check it out.

All Your Rights Are Belong To Us

The supervisor campaign heats up, and another “player” comes on board.  This one has the name didyouknowumt@gmail.com, which sounds like someone related to askmeumt@gmail.com.

Here’s the text of the email: Continue reading

Ask Me – But Not That, Ask Me Something Else

A third “Ask Me” email is making the rounds.  I meant to comment on the second one, which was all about how Dan Rattigan is the guy who made the WC National Cemetery happen, but too many other things were going on.

Anyway, with an election coming up, it’s to be expected (and it’s generally a good thing) that campaign communications of all stripes make the rounds.  It’s up to us to filter through them.

Just as we know Obama’s campaign (already in full swing!) will be about anything but his record on the economy, so we know that Ryan and Rattigan will want to focus on anything but the non-stop deficits, the 1 mil tax increase, the proposed 3 mil tax increase (that they backed down on when residents protested).

No surprise there.  So let’s talk about the issue raised, questioning the Act 537 plan.  The AskMe email points to this video: Continue reading

A Cat that Barks – Edit

Milton Friedman wasn’t entirely accurate when he compared wanting a government that behaved like you think it should to wanting a cat that barks.  There is a viral video of a cat doing just that.

So let’s say that government can’t always be controlled, but maybe it can be corrected from time to time.  Maybe the cat can bark.

Heaven knows it’s easy to criticize.  But here’s a chance, with the possibility of the UM supervisor board changing majority this November, to reflect on what you would like to see from your local government.

Here are some of my thoughts, in no particular order. Continue reading

Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone

Oh no!  Kathleen “K.C” Christian has withdrawn from the Upper Makefield supervisor’s race!

She says she’s “no longer actively campaigning” for the job.

Residents across the township are “What?  What did I miss”?

But wait!  Her name will still be on the ballot!  So she could get votes.  Not wishing to be The Secret Candidate, she could be The Stealth Candidate.

I think somehow township residents have angered KC.  She no longer thinks we’re worthy of her mailings, her signs, her debate participation.  She can’t “devote 110 percent to the job”.

But she could muster zero percent!  That should be good enough for us, coming from an Upper Makefield Christian.

Thanks for running, KC.  Just please don’t do it again.

Seeds of Discontent

Another email is making the rounds.  A copy was forwarded to me; perhaps you’ve also received a copy:

Some truths about  Mary Ryan and Dan Rattigan:

Dan Rattigan was a Republican and is now running as a Democrat and joins Democrat Diane Marseglia for fundraisers!

Dan voted against appointing Mary Ryan to the Board of Supervisors and now he is her running mate.

Dan Rattigan was not endorsed by the Republican elected committee people because he said at the endorsement meeting that he supported raising taxes (the proposed 22% tax increase beaten back by an irate electorate) and would vote for it again.  Now he is claiming to be a tax reducer.

Dan and Mary Ryan support paying our township manager and the staff  almost $400,000 per year in salary and benefits.  The manager and team cannot produce a budget document where the ending balances in the accounts for the previous year equal the beginning balances of the next year.  So much for GAAP!  Taxpayers of Upper Makefield do not mind paying for excellence but are now getting inferior service.

Mary Ryan was a Republican and switched to become an Obama Democrat.  She has shown her tax and spend ways with each project she has embraced. Now she declares herself to be a “fiscal conservative”.

Mary Ryan supported breaking our zoning to allow big box stores in Washington Crossing.On March 15, in the Bucks County Courier Times, Mary Ryan declared that she is in favor of installing sewers in Upper Makefield.  The initial project of installation will raise taxes in the township by a minimum of $300 per year per household and opens the door to unlimited development.

Mary Ryan along with Dan Rattigan in a Board of Supervisors meeting this spring said they favored the Washington Crossing Inn to “hook into” the sewer system at the Washington Crossing Historic State Park, thus breaking  zoning and allowing the Inn to build out as they desire.

This comes from truthseekers.buckscountypa@gmail.com, aka Johnny Appleseed.  Interesting.

When people don’t trust their government, at whatever level, all kinds of things come out in all kinds of ways.  People will have their say!

So Mary Ryan was a Republican?  At the UMBA debate last spring Ryan did say that funding a sewer system wouldn’t necessarily mean a tax, it could be a bond.  That statement alone should disqualify her from serious consideration.

The bit about the administrative salaries resonates, although the “almost $400,000 per year” is salary alone.  In 2010, Stephanie Teoli’s salary was $141,690.  The “Finance Officer” made less than half that, $65,805.  The township does, I think, suffer from not having someone who actually does have a finance background.  There’s also a bookkeeper (hourly salary $21.06), an administrative assistant (hourly salary $24.00), and a receptionist (hourly salary $19.76).  For benefits, a rule of thumb is to jack up those costs by about a third.