Troy's mayor, Janice Daniels, recently spoke on WJR with Frank Beckmann. You can hear the delightful conversation by clicking HERE.
Among the fictional tidbits of misinformation the illustrious and controversial Ms. Daniels provided are the following pieces of fantasy:
-- that the recall is a "tragic misuse of an important legal process" that Daniels feels is only for removal for crimes. The law does not back up that assertion. What then, exactly, is the PROPER use of the recall statute?
-- that two former "Liberal" mayors are behind the effort. In fact, one former mayor who supports the recall is Liberal, one is a WELL-KNOWN and very active CONSERVATIVE.
-- that the recall is "silly, petty and personal." Well...ok, if you call being upset that Daniels insulted entire groups of residents with bigotry and hatred "silly, " she might have a point. If you call slandering city administration in public during a ranting diatribe "personal," she might have a point. And if you call being upset that she voted against a ten-year long investment in a transit project under the guise of saving our tax dollars (that would have gone to ANOTHER CITY, not the federal debt) "petty," you might have a point.
-- that the recall group is a "small group of well-connected political malcontents" who don't like Conservatism. I believe I've already addressed who the recall supporters are in this post HERE. I don't believe that over 10% of Troy's population who had a chance to sign the petition during a very small window of opportunity match Daniels's fanciful description, do you?
If those whoppers weren't enough to help Daniels sleep at night, she continued on with her glorious list of accomplishments thus far in her "honorable position" of Mayor of Troy:
-- the library being open on Saturday as her doing. Let's review: MAYOR DANIELS VOTED AGAINST THE RESOLUTION TO OPEN THE LIBRARY ON SATURDAYS. Now, she will back-peddle and try to explain that she voted no against HER OWN resolution because she wants only a SEVEN day library. She neglects to mention that her seven-day plan would cost the city an additional 1 MILLION + above what the dedicated library millage provides. *(see note below)
-- ownership of the Smart Meter resolution approved this past week -- after over 98% of Troy residents already HAVE Smart Meters, and without admitting that the resolution does NOTHING more than affirm a position that is nearly word for word from a state level resolution that is years old.
-- attended two funerals for fallen heroes. Doesn't mention if they are Troy residents...and God rest their souls. But what does THAT have to do with being the mayor???
-- working to establish a "Community Marriage Initiative" that somehow she feels will reduce our tax burden and provide dollars to fight youth crime. ????????????????????????????????? Are you confused, too? And again...Why is Daniels working on SOCIAL ISSUES when she just told Charlie Langton a few weeks ago that is exactly what she DIDN'T want to focus on??
Finally, the mayor ended the interview with some wonderful news. She's hosting a State of the City speech on September 20, 2012 FREE OF CHARGE!!!! She had already mentioned the freebie during the council meeting Monday night! Wow! What a BARGAIN!
Wait...hasn't it ALWAYS been free of charge? Isn't it a public event by a public official working in a public capacity???
Oh, and then she not only invited Frank Beckmann and other local "media superstars" to attend, she gave him the FABULOUS opportunity to donate to her campaign to fight the recall effort in which she'll need to raise a "significant amount" of donations to fight this "silly" effort. I wonder if she'd have voice-over experience, because girlfriend can work a plug like no one else!
Which begs two questions:
First, if it's so silly, why would it take significant amounts of someone's taxpayer dollars to win?
And secondly, will our Honorable Mayor EVER develop any class or a sense of decorum???
*The additional funding to keep the library open was proposed to have come from our fund balance/emergency fund. Daniels also proposed using that fund to cover the refuse and debt service millages in the new budget cycle, rather than simply passing those costs on to the residents as has been the historic behavior.
So in other words, Daniels wanted to hit the general fund up for MILLIONS OF DOLLARS over the next three-year cycle, ignoring the facts that with no additional revenue to that fund...Troy would be bankrupt by 2017.
Daniels further provided to insight as to how to INCREASE revenue during those budget talks. And now her proposal for "intact families" is being touted as a way of saving tax dollars to spend on youth crime.
I know...I don't get it, either.