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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