Archive for February, 2010

February 28, 2010

Political Performances Locally

Over 9,300 unemployed in Hernando County and Mr. McHugh has the audacity to brag about jobs created and retained 300. It’s a good thing he isn’t paid on job creation percentages. Although Mr. McHugh has made the papers quite a bit in the last year he has worked as the County Director of Business Development for over eight years. Who does his performance reviews?    

Another public figure we haven’t heard from is Mr. Schenck our supposed State Representative for District 44, after two years since his reelection he now makes the papers with a nice photo. Mr. Robert Schenck recently proposed a bill to eliminate the eye in the ski red light cameras. His reason is that the red light cameras are a form of tax imposed to generate revenue for local governments, and he feels the public safety concerns for citizens is being used as a guise just to increase revenues. It is my opinion that those who violate the law should be penalized for their infraction. Technology is an aid to law enforcement and much less costly than hiring patrolmen to monitor traffic intersections. It also frees patrolmen up to respond to other calls assisting our public therefore increasing public safety. Mr. Schenck should learn about cost controls and efficiencies, but than again it is an election year.

Yet, this shouldn’t surprise us, Mr. Schenck’s priorities are misdirected, here are other bills he co sponsored or voted for; he sponsored HB 73 to expedite the Permitting Process for Economic Development Projects specifically Home Building Developments.

He voted No on Amendment 337171 to Extend Unemployment Benefits to Part Time workers who probably represent many unemployed persons in Hernando County.

He voted yes on Growth Management Deregulation SB 360.

He voted yes on HN1219 Permitting Offshore Drilling.

Mr. Schenck, who do you represent?

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February 7, 2010

It must be an election year!

I think it’s time we shed some light on what really is going on in Hernando county politics.  We have a public servant by the name of Mr. Michael McHugh serving the Hernando county board of county commissioners.  His latest proposal which is probably eight years too late is an indication of how our local government really works. 

 It is no surprise to me that our republican controlled county commission, all of a sudden are concerned about the people of this county when their prior voting records indicate otherwise. For example the recent vote on the quarry development in northern Hernando and the reduction of impact fees are confirmations of the republican controlled commission’s loyalty to developers and real estate lobby’s. Mrs. Rocco’s no vote on the Quarry was a vote of conscience. Mr. Russell’s no vote on the Quarry was a vote of convenience and not of conviction.  Now that he is no longer the commission chairperson we will see exactly where he stands when the issues related to real estate development come up for a vote.

It is no mystery why Mrs. Rocco was passed over as chair person again this year, four republicans vs. one democrat, and if you think that special interests have control over our county commissioners now, after the supreme court decision allowing corporations to donate money from their treasuries which basically represent profits from doing business locally all you need to do is follow the money trail to the candidates.

 If you believe that Mr. McHugh’s development plan was inspirational or unique think again. Thousands of counties throughout the United States have similar or more cost effective plans.  The uniqueness about this plan is only the timing of its presentation.  Exactly nine months before the election in November. This plan and its purpose will be the focus of political rhetoric for the next nine months, giving the voters of this county the impression that our commissioners really care about us. 

 Fortunately for republican politicians the jobs rhetoric has been taken from the democratic focus on issues and now is making it their own. Will the Grand Old Party, the Party of No for the people and the Party of Yes for Corporate American ever become independent and creative thinkers for the people again, I doubt it, special interests blind them.  Finally, if “sunburn” ever materializes I’d be surprised. Wake up Hernando County.

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