POLITICAL CORRUPTION IS A NATIONWIDE ISSUE AFFECTING ALL OF US. ALABAMA RANKS #5 AS THE MOST CORRUPT STATE. *DOJ 2007 stats
Something is very wrong in the Land of Cotton
PERTINENT ENVIRONMENTAL AND CORRUPTION ISSUES IN OTHER STATES ARE ALSO DISCUSSED
NO OTHER COMMUNITY, RICH OR POOR, URBAN OR SUBURBAN,BLACK, BROWN,RED, YELLOW OR WHITE SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO BECOME AN "ENVIRONMENTAL SACRIFICE ZONE."
Dr. Robert Bullard
Environmental Justice Movement Founder
Saturday, April 9, 2011
There once lived a Greek philosopher, Diogenes of Sinope, who is known, among other things, to have walked around in the daylight with a lantern. When asked what he was doing, he replied, "Looking for an honest man, yet finding nothing but rascals and scoundrels"
Diogenes never took a walk up a Dexter Avenue to Goat Hill, but if he had he would have found that modern day evidence abounds in Alabama for his famous quip.
On the legislative pay raise--The newly elected republicans refuse to even debate repealing or maybe just decreasing the raise commensurate with the 15% proration of the state general fund, especially if it is brought forth by a democrat. Rep Alvin Holmes-D attempts to put a resolution forward in the big goat house were shouted down by the members “NO” and Speaker 'Rileyite' Mike Hubbard said “there was not enough support to call for a vote to bring it up out of order.”
When the pay increase was passed by the democrat majority in 2007, the republican minority had plenty of criticism for it, some even ran their campaigns on the issue, but as the cries of outrage emanate from the public in 2011 to roll it back grow louder, all we hear from the “new day” republicans is crickets.
A few of them would like you to forget they voted for it too.
They've chosen to give up only a pittance by turning down the much lesser pay increase of the $792.00 per annual cost of living increase (COLA) in a weak attempt to quiet the outrage of Alabamians. It's not working, but they're not listening
"Handshake with Alabama" or Shakedown Alabama?
On the departure of Michael Ciamarra from Dr. Hunt’s administration--After three short months Michael Ciamarra has abruptly resigned as the governor’s policy director. The standard non-answer of resigning to pursue “other opportunities” followed closely on the heels of his rapid departure. Rumors aplenty abound as to why--forced out due to incompetence, not enough policy work being done, disagreements over corporate tax loopholes, etc.
Maybe Mr. Ciamarra took one look into the future of this inept administration and decided to get while the getting was good. Indicators of Riley political landmines for the new administration are more than a little obvious and there will be future casualties piling up in the "good", but not so bright, Dr. Dr. Bentley’s tenure.
On piling up bills for fast passage--Sources in the state house tell us that Senator Scott Beason has pulled together 35 bills in a grouping for vote passage in a rush rush hurry up and pass it before we get any more blowback on it move. The senator from Gardendale gives off an arrogant and entitled air when he speaks in the media and we fail to see any positives in his political bravado thus far.
On Dr. Dr. Bentley’s “double dippers”--The media has been suspiciously quiet on the story of John Cooper (ALDOT), Judge Chuck Malone and R. Cooper Shattuck enjoying the benefit of their friendliness with Bentley by receiving double salaries.
Initial reports have not been followed up on and the excuse by the administration of we have to pay more to get the “best and brightest” while we cut everybody else’s pay to the bone and lay folks off has been accepted by the press. Hands off any more reporting or hard questions on the matter.
On the $7.3 million dollar theft indictment of former Riley appointee "Sir William" Campbell, Jr.-- Press sources tell us that there is nothing more to report on this huge story until Campbell "pleads guilty" which he has no intentions of doing, and "a trial begins." That will take a long time to occur and allow the story to fade from the public's minds.
If this had been a democrat and involved issues of illegal gambling, how many follow up stories do you think there would be on the matter? We know the answer to that one already don't we? Certain people are being protected and the deliberate hush hush by the media enables the cover up.
"Today in Alabama we have enacted ethics reforms that are tougher than any other state in the nation..."--Governor Bob Riley December 2010.
When the republicans swept into their Alabama offices amid chants of “A new day in Alabama politics” what it really amounted to was political doublespeak and the dishonesty of do as I say, not as I do.
Diogenes may perhaps find an honest politician or two in the current political landscape if he were to look especially thoroughly for one. Just tell him to not wave his lantern of truth anywhere near Goat Hill.
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