Listed below is an example of the logic used by Mayor Daniels and her supporters regarding stances of Troy residents like me over the last two years.
We've shared some of this before -- check out this post from over a year ago.
Those who are responsible for sharing any or all of this logic also include
a current council member, frequent speakers at council
meetings (names can be found in archived council meeting minutes, like for October 8, 2012); a
failed school board candidate and Republican precinct delegate (who is
also the main mouthpiece for Troy Citizens United on their current
Facebook group page); and
a controversial Troy Patch blogger. Many times their inaccuracies have been pointed out and corrected, and yet they often continue to willfully spread them anyway.
Here is what these individuals and others have shared about residents like me:
We supported the Feb. 2010 millage = We must be tax-and-spend Liberals.
We supported the Nov. 2010 Proposal 1 attempt to fund an independent library and the Aug. 2011 library millage request = We must be tax-and-spend Liberal Crybabies.
We believe public libraries are the right of a citizen and should be available to all residents of a municipality = We must be tax-and-spend Liberal Crybaby Socialists.
We support our TPD and the salaries they earn, and we appreciate the work they do, like with the distracted driving ordinance, for example = We must be tax-and-spend Liberal Crybaby Socialist Communists.
Some of us are teachers, factory workers, police and firemen = We must be tax-and-spend Liberal Crybaby Socialist Communist Union Thugs.
We were appalled that our Mayor talked about human sexuality in ANY REGARD with our teens, especially when sharing inaccurate information on that topic = Not only must we be tax-and-spend Liberal Crybaby Socialist Communist Union Thugs, but we CLEARLY are not a Bible believing Christians.
We support RECALLINGING JANICE DANIELS = We must be tax-and-spend Liberal Crybaby Socialist Communist Union Thugs who CLEARLY are not a Bible believing Christians, and we OBVIOUSLY are a Hate-Filled Losers with bitterness in our hearts.
Mayor Daniels and her supporters have a compulsion to boil down ideas to juvenile and simplistic soundbites. That's because the truth of the matter is often confused by their spin, inaccuracies and rewriting of history and events. Have you heard the Mayor claim she totally supports the library and its seven day operation? Then ask her why she fought against every measure to keep it funded in a fiscally responsible way, and then even voted down HER OWN RESOLUTION to keep it open on Saturdays. They're all about the empty buzzwords and catch phrases.
Here, then, is a phrase for you, Mayor...SHOW US THE MONEY! You know, the money you claim was there to run five libraries. More on that below...
Mayor Daniels and her supporters have a compulsion to inaccurately portray complex budgetary details and fiscal obligations in ways that make it look like there's always more than we need and that we're over-taxed. That's because they find the process overwhelming and out of their grasp.
Now, I haven't been fully engaged for very long...about three years. But for that ENTIRE TIME, I knew who Mayor Daniels was because she spoke or showed up for nearly every meeting I attended. I saw her on the live broadcast on the nights I wasn't there, and I had read all her (inaccurate) op-eds. That woman was ALL OVER the budget of the City of Troy. She claimed to have a business background, and touted her number sense. She claimed there was oodles of money...so much that we could run FIVE LIBRARIES with the surplus. Except that now that she's the Mayor...she can't tell us where that money is. She complained that she wasn't given enough time to learn the budget before the study sessions.
THAT'S who you want managing your municipal budget? Someone who told you she knew better than the previous manager and council, but NOW claims it's too hard?
Mayor Daniels and her supporters have a compulsion to judge individuals solely on perceived labels and/or job titles -- often without ever having met many of those whom they judge. That's because they cannot see beyond meaningless labels to look at the entire picture of an issue and/or a person's beliefs. One frequent speaker and supporter of the Mayor has been hounding me for weeks, asking me repeatedly, "Aren't you a teacher? You're a TEACHER, right? Yeah. Yeah, I thought so. Huh. Teacher." And then he'd smirk and walk away. Seems he has the whole problem in Troy figured out: IT'S THE UNIONS! Those who support a Troy run with integrity, decency and honesty HAVE A LIBERAL UNION AGENDA JUST LIKE ALL OVER THE UNITED STATES! Apparently that I a am a teacher proves it, and that means I MUST be the root of the problem in Troy.
Except I've never been a member of a union, teach in a Christian school, and I'm joined by over 8,000 who signed the petition to recall the Mayor and countless others who support it as well...
We need to put an end to this ignorant, mean-spirited and disingenuous bullying.
We need to begin to unify the divide it has created in our city.
We NEED to RECALL JANICE DANIELS to set all of that in motion.
Vote YES to RECALL JANICE DANIELS on November 6, 2012.