I am an Ultra-Conservative, Alpha-Male, True Authentic Leader, Type "C" Personality, who is very active in my community; whether it is donating time, clothes or money for Project Concern or going to Common Council meetings and voicing my opinions. As a blogger, I intend to provide a different viewpoint "The way I see it!" on various world, national and local issues with a few helpful tips & tidbits sprinkled in.
You will remember I did a post on “The People Know Better” and “Elected Or Appointed” which talked about Cudahy’s lust to have certain local government positions that are currently elected by you, “THE PEOPLE”, taken away under the cloud of “This will be better for the city”
“This will be better for the city” Translation - This is a power grab and I want to install my “YES” people in the positions. I will keep up the claim that those that run might not be qualified and so I will stick out that the requirements of the positions could be filled by someone for the treasurer of a city for example being 18 years old, registered to vote, and can't balance their own checkbook.
Let me make this a little more clearer to the people who will be reading this, exactly what the change would mean to them.
Taking the power and voice away from the people is very bad no matter what the intentions are! The right to vote and the power of the vote is the single most democratic thing you can do. Having people appointed is hearken back to the days of Kings and Queens where those in power are able to setup and stack the deck to keeping power by placing people who have their backs in power.
In the end, “WE” "THE PEOPLE" lose our ability to self govern because we are now relying a few powerful people to hand pick others who may have only the person that put them in power’s interest and not the people’s interest!
We have to be smart enough not to fall for the smoke and mirrors and all the rhetoric of the worst-case scenarios. Don’t let the wool be pulled over your eyes. Wakeup and smell the coffee and all of those used up clichés. Informed people make the best decisions, not the people in power!
The most and fairest way to all the people is to have “THE PEOPLE” elect who they think should and will work the best.
This elected versus appointed will not just go away unless you tell Cudahy Mayor Ryan McCue and your alderperson to allow the process as it is now to work. It has not failed us and it is democracy at its finest.
I do not, as you should not, want to see a movement afoot to change the clerk / treasurer and comptroller’s position from elected to appointed. This doesn’t serve the best interest of the city. Democracy does! Voting does! The people’s voice DOES!
If the Mayor wants to change it, it must be done through a change to the charter ordinance.
Just because a Mayor doesn’t like the person currently occupying the elected position for personal reasons we cannot allow an end around of the process called democracy.
One tactic that may be employed as an end around is too just simply plan on gutting the position of clerk/ treasurer by cutting the salary drastically. If the salary is too low people will not run which would give a reason to install the appointed need or if they affectedly have no say thus no power than it is just a title with no job.
Don’t forget “THE PEOPLE” in Cudahy recently voted to split up clerk / treasurer and comptroller’s positions. We want more transparency and responsibility instilled in our local government not less!
Now just because of a disliking is not a reason to have “THE PEOPLE” give up the right to elect. If the Mayor feels this strong, then allow the people to vote on making it appointed and not elected. He will not do this just like he would not put Wal-Mart on the ballot because the final outcome would not be to his liking. Ironic that the outcome would not be to his liking for the reason to place it as a referendum item is a dislike of the person.
Yes, everyone must work together as a give and take, put not as a puppet system with someone pulling strings. Being a “YES” man doesn’t help the city, but constructive criticisms does! Many different choreographed voices that see the world and the city through different prism glasses does!
I truly believe that gutting the salary because you don't like the current person in office is WRONG! By gutting, the position by salary or authority is a means to that is just a way to get rid of someone you don't like is very undemocratic and irresponsible.
Do not allow the arrogance of others to tell “us” “WE the people” that they know better. That is elitist talking. We know better.
President Obama: "The way to make government responsible is to hold it accountable and the way to make government accountable is to make it transparent. I will also hold myself to a new standard of openness."
Even allowing the Common Council to help in selecting the people is still a loss for democracy because that is what “THE PEOPLE” are for to select the proper person with voting and if they turn out to be a dud, vote them out of office or recall them!
The Mayor and Common Council already select and appoint all of the committees. They are full of appointed people that the Mayor has already picked and somewhere there must be elected and accountable people to “THE PEOPLE” and not accountable people just to the Mayor. With the power of elections also comes the power of recalls. How can we recall someone that has been appointed? You cannot and “WE” “THE PEOPLE” lose out!
I don’t want to hear the cry that the President of The United States (POTUS) gets to appoint his cabinet members and that is just like all the rest of local positions in government. It is not!
The issue of gutting the salary, if that is to be done, should be at or after the next election. The clerk/tres. ran for the office based upon the salary that was published at the time, to gut it half way through the term is flat out wrong.
I strongly disagree with lowering the pay at all, because it weakens the talent pool and just opens the door for mischief as a means in the end to justify making the positions appointed because good candidates will not run for low wages.
We are governed by a "Republic" not a true democracy and voting is the only democratic thing that we do.
The choice is and should be ours not the Mayor’s or not even the Common Council’s, but ours with the right to vote. If after a referendum vote that “THE PEOPLE” want to voluntarily, give up the right to vote in clerk / treasurer and comptroller elections then by all means the city must appoint.
Until that referendum vote happens, the city and the elected officials need to back away from this and leave it in the hands of the people.
Here is where we must exercise an abundance of caution. Heed my warning Common Council members, “You Reap What You Sew” and next the cry will be that it would be best suited to not elect Common Council members, but have the Mayor take applications and select them. After all, do we really want non-elitists or the top of the top as the Mayor would see them? What fairness would the Common Person have?
Maybe the Mayor and our friend that emailed me that wonderful email (Today’s Humor) truly don’t care about the Common Person. Would any of the current Common Council members have the proper pedigree to still be in office serving “THE PEOPLE”?
Believe all that you will, but the best interest is still in the hands of the people not in a Mayor who might not put the best interest of the city in front of personal interest or personal distain. One doesn’t need to look that far and see that Wal-Mart was not given a chance because of a personal dislike.
The Mayor is NOT the CEO of the City, unless you recognize that the citizens, "THE PEOPLE", are the owners.
Remember words are only 7% of communication.
Please contact the Mayor and your district Alderperson and tell them leave their hands off the election process that “WE” “THE PEOPLE” know better!
Mayor Ryan McCue
Phone Number: (W) 769-2222
Address: 3927 E Plankinton Ave
Alderperson First District Joseph Mikolajczak
Phone Number: (H) 483-1255
Address: 3754 E. Plankinton Avenue
Alderperson Second District Mary Schissel
Phone Number: (H) 744-0420
Address: 3836 E Munkwitz Ave
Alderperson Third District Mark Otto
Phone Number: (H) 769-6626
Address: 3324 E Mallory Ave
Alderperson Fifth District Name Thomas Pavlic
Phone Number: (H) 483-7116
Address: 6015 Summer Winds Ct