“Virtue in a republic is a most simple thing: it is a love of the republic; it is a sensation, and not a consequence of acquired knowledge: a sensation that may be felt by the meanest as well as by the highest person in the state.” – Monteesquieu
For the second time in two years, Modesto voters – at least the ones who bothered to show up yesterday – have rejected Der Mayor’s call for higher taxes and more spending. This time the measure got thumped, 56-44. Already Der Mayor has begun with the veiled threats and innuendo that this time he really means that there will be slashing and cutting retaliations. At least until he buddies in the MPOA and Fire Unions tell him to stop. Perhaps the most telling line from the article is the last one, in which candidates claim that voters were telling them that they simply do not trust City Hall with the money.
That is not likely to change even with three new Council Members being elected yesterday (Kristi Au You, Mani Grewal and Doug Ridenour), as most of the new comers are seen as “insiders,” likely to buddy up with Unions and developers over voters. Whether that actually happens or not remains to be seen. But the fact is that the Council of the last four years – and even before that – has given voters all over the area reason after reason to not trust them. Read the rest of this entry