In this Wall Street Journal piece from Nov. 23, 2010, reporter Jennifer Levitz discusses how tea partiers plan to take over the country by taking over one locale at a time.
They even interview Tea Party/Troy Citizen United Leader Janice Daniels, who demonstrated her great management chops at a recent city council meeting by saying all city council has to do is cut the top 5 city employee's wages and benefits in half to save $500K (no doubt inaccurate and surely a head scratcher).
I guess she didn't tell WSJ (as she told city council) that people looking for homes in Troy don't care about libraries.
Don't forget--she'll probably be running for city council, with Ed Kempen and Howrylak for mayor. If they do to the country what Howrylak & Co are doing to us...ho boy!
Here are some key lines from the article, entitled "Tea Parties Turn to Local Issues." Read the whole article here.
...Local leaders say that to truly stem spending, they also must stage what Steven Vernon, vice president of the Tea Party Manatee on Florida's Gulf Coast, calls "a ground-level attack."
"We have to start at the lowest level and take our country back," Mr. Vernon said.
It's also more convenient for tea-party activists—typically volunteers with separate full-time jobs–to be local gadflies than national ones. "We can't go to every congressional hearing in D.C. but we can go to every school-board meeting in Manatee County," said Mr. Vernon, a technology-contracts negotiator.On the local management side, they sound a lot like Troy's weary leaders...
Meanwhile, many recession-weary local officials are gearing up for a potential clash with tea partiers, saying they have already squeezed all they can out of their budgets.
"Good luck! If they can find the fat, I want to know where it is," said Craig Dowling, the superintendent of the Harris County School District, who said he had a visit from local tea-party activists in late October. "We are driving school buses that are 20 years old. I wonder how many of them are driving 20-year-old cars."
Already, tensions are brewing in some municipalities, with local officials saying they need new revenue to maintain public services, while tea-party activists say new taxes aren't an option.And then Troy comes in:
Earlier this month in Troy, Mich., tea-party activists delivered a petition to city hall, seeking to force officials to keep the Troy Public Library open without a new tax.
"We really are embroiled in a big controversy here in Troy," said Janice Daniels, co-founder of the Troy Area Tea Party.
Local voters narrowly shot down a proposal for a library tax on the Nov. 2 ballot. Now, the library is scheduled to close in June.
The tea-party members believe the city can find money for the library by cutting compensation packages of municipal employees, but Mayor Louise Schilling said that "the suggestions made by the tea party are not realistic."
"If you're going to have services, you have to pay for them," she said.