Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Nepotism in our County Government

Nepotism in our County Government

It has recently come to my attention that our County Clerk’s son works in the County Clerk’s Office.  That sentence alone should alarm everyone, but when it was brought up at the latest Quorum Court meeting it was just brushed aside.  Only two of the eleven Justices showed any concern at all.  A recent audit of the county government even found that no law was broken.  How is this possible when the Union County Employee Handbook states that nepotism is not allowed?  Actually, it’s quite simple.  The nepotism in the County Clerk’s Office is possible because the original ordinance forbidding nepotism was not very well written.  The nepotism ordinance states that a supervisor or elected official can’t hire a family member to work under them.  Our county clerk defends having her son working for her by reminding the Quorum Court members that her son was already working in the County Clerk’s Office when she was elected, therefore, she did not hire him.  This is classic use of a technicality to get around common sense laws. 

In just about any private company, if two family members are working together and one gets promoted over the other, of even if a supervisor is hired and it is found that the new supervisor’s relative is now working under him/her, then one of them will have to either quit or be transferred.  But that’s not what Union County law says.  So apparently, nepotism will continue to go on in our County Clerk’s Office because of a technicality.  Most of our JP’s see no problem with it, I do.

Anyone who understands the nature of human beings would have a problem with this situation.  Our County Clerk stated in front of the Quorum Court that she does not sign her son’s time cards.  She has someone else do that and she understands that her son cannot move from part time to full time while she is in office.  With that in mind she thinks that everything is ok.  I’m sorry, but that is not how people are.  Let’s say that you are a mid-level manager and your boss’ son works under you.  You are well aware that he is the boss’ son and you are going to treat him differently than you would other employees.  You’d be a fool if you didn’t.  So don’t try to tell me that the county clerk’s son doesn’t get special favors.  He is the boss’ son. 

There are two ways that we can solve this dilemma. One, we can work to get the nepotism ordinance changed so that this sort of thing is outlawed. One of our JP’s is willing to address the issue and try to change the wording of the ordinance.  Unfortunately, he is one of only two conservatives on the Union County Quorum Court and any and everything he tries to bring up gets pushed aside by the other nine.  A Republican on the Quorum Court is but a voice crying out in the wilderness.  It is brutal to watch how the other JP’s treat him.  Or two, we can elect a different County Clerk next year.  And while we are at it we need to elect more conservative Justices of the Peace to our Quorum Court. 

People don’t seem to understand how much the County Quorum Court affects our everyday lives.  Even if you life in the city, you still have a representative on the Quorum Court.  We need to pay closer attention to what goes on in our county government.  I’ll talk more about this soon.

John A. Wilson
Conservative Action Project of Union County

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Is There Anything In Here We Can't Live Without?

This was sent to me in an e-mail.  We don’t know the source, but this is very eye-opening.


These are all the programs that the new Republican House has proposed cutting.
Corporation for Public Broadcasting Subsidy. $445 million annual savings.
Save America 's Treasures Program. $25 million annual savings.
International Fund for Ireland . $17 million annual savings.
Legal Services Corporation. $420 million annual savings.
National Endowment for the Arts. $167.5 million annual savings.
National Endowment for the Humanities. $167.5 million annual savings.
Hope VI Program.. $250 million annual savings.
Amtrak Subsidies. $1.565 billion annual savings.
Eliminate duplicative education programs. H.R. 2274 (in last Congress), authored by Rep. McKeon, eliminates 68 at a savings of $1.3 billion annually.
U.S. Trade Development Agency. $55 million annual savings.
Woodrow Wilson Center Subsidy. $20 million annual savings.
Cut in half funding for congressional printing and binding. $47 million annual savings.
John C. Stennis Center Subsidy. $430,000 annual savings.
Community Development Fund. $4.5 billion annual savings.
Heritage Area Grants and Statutory Aid. $24 million annual savings.
Cut Federal Travel Budget in Half. $7.5 billion annual savings.
Trim Federal Vehicle Budget by 20%. $600 million annual savings.
Essential Air Service. $150 million annual savings.
Technology Innovation Program. $70 million annual savings.
Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program. $125 million annual savings.
Department of Energy Grants to States for Weatherization. $530 million annual savings.
Beach Replenishment. $95 million annual savings.
New Starts Transit. $2 billion annual savings.
Exchange Programs for Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Their Historical Trading Partners in Massachusetts . $9 million annual savings. What is this anyway…?
Intercity and High Speed Rail Grants. $2.5 billion annual savings.
Title X Family Planning. $318 million annual savings.
Appalachian Regional Commission. $76 million annual savings.
Economic Development Administration. $293 million annual savings.
Programs under the National and Community Services Act. $1.15 billion annual savings.
Applied Research at Department of Energy. $1.27 billion annual savings.
FreedomCAR and Fuel Partnership. $200 million annual savings.
Energy Star Program. $52 million annual savings.
Economic Assistance to Egypt . $250 million annually.
U.S. Agency for International Development. $1.39 billion annual savings.
General Assistance to District of Columbia . $210 million annual savings.
Subsidy for Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. $150 million annual savings.
Presidential Campaign Fund. $775 million savings over ten years.
No funding for federal office space acquisition. $864 million annual savings.
End prohibitions on competitive sourcing of government services. Repeal the Davis-Bacon Act. More than $1 billion annually.
IRS Direct Deposit: Require the IRS to deposit fees for services it offers (such as processing payment plans for taxpayers) to the Treasury, instead of allowing payments to remain as part of its budget. $1.8 billion savings over ten years.
Require collection of unpaid taxes by federal employees. $1 billion total savings. WHAT THE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Prohibit taxpayer funded union activities by federal employees. $1.2 billion savings over ten years.
Sell excess federal properties the government does not make use of. $15 billion total savings.
Eliminate Mohair Subsidies. $1 million annual savings.
Eliminate taxpayer subsidies to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. $12.5 million annual savings.
Eliminate Market Access Program. $200 million annual savings.
USDA Sugar Program. $14 million annual savings.
Subsidy to Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).$93 million annual savings.
Eliminate the National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program. $56.2 million annual savings.
Eliminate fund for Obamacare administrative costs. $900 million savings.
Ready to Learn TV Program. $27 million savings.
Eliminate death gratuity for Members of Congress.
HUD Ph.D. Program.
Deficit Reduction Check-Off Act
TOTAL SAVINGS: $2.5 Trillion over Ten Years
My question, what THE Devil is all this doing in the budget in the first place…?
Is there anything listed you cannot do without…?