Friday, November 10, 2006

You Can Foley Some People Some of the Time, But You Cannot Foley All the People All of the Time.

You Can Foley Some People Some of the Time, But You Cannot Foley All the People All of the Time.

October 4, 2006

Trickle down economics: Incompetent/corrupt politicians bankrupted Orange County once. Writing is on the wall to do it again!

First, Orange County is driven into bankruptcy by incompetent/corrupt politicians. In the “lessons learned” category after the debacle, a recommendation is made to prepare and publish the a "detailed analysis comparing original estimates with year-end actuals and explaining any variation consisting of plus or minus ten percent" to prevent future fiascos – such analysis in nowhere to be found.

Then, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington releases its list of the 20 Most Corrupt Members of Congress. Orange County is represented on the list by Rep. Gary Miller, R-Diamond Bar, and Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Corona. These honorable gentlemen happened to be the ones strongly pushing for development of a multibillion dollar Terrible Tunnel - The same ones who have also endorsed, Pat Bates, another tunnel supporter (a tunnel that would connect Orange and Riverside counties and relieve traffic congestion in one place and create constipation in Orange County by dumping an estimated 120,000 cars per day from Riverside into traffic saturated South and Central Orange County).

And what does the media say? Los Angeles Times,, Taegan Goddard's Political Wire,, the SD Union-Tribune online, KTLA, the Club for Growth's blog and KCBS-TV, all oppose the process and the decision. Except, you guessed it: The Orange County Register! - In fact, Pat Bates is using the Orange County "reporting" as sales collateral! Remember the El Toro Airport debate? Similar dynamics, similar players!

The OC Sheriff is a few steps away from bankruptcy, and so is the City of Rancho Santa Margarita. Pat Bates voted for a most generous social service 3%-50 package that will help drive OC once again into bankruptcy – and yes, the Sheriff’s Union and the Mayor of the City of Rancho Santa Margarita endorse Pat Bates.

Two decades ago, the Massachusetts congressional delegation intensely lobbied colleagues to overturn a presidential veto by a single vote in the Senate, prying open the federal money spigot to launch the Big Dig project in 1987.

Ever since, political maneuvering by lawmakers, state officials and private contractors has kept the problem-plagued project awash in public money — despite critics who brand the Big Dig a $14.6 billion boondoggle.

Coto de Caza board of directors hosted a celebratory party for Pat Bates in an exquisite manor subsidized by CZ residents. The same board who has relentlessly pursued turning Coto de Caza into a city over public safety.

Foley me once, shame on you, Foley me twice, shame on me!

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