This is an older blog post and I was holding on to it because there were some statements made that needed to be revisited at a later date. I “bolded” the important points and I’ll discuss them one by one. Here’s the original post: 

Friday, August 1, 2008 

Jobs Elimintated I appreciate the hard work of Gary Greer and the other leaders on the FB City staff. They had some very tough decisions to make, decisions that had an impact on individuals who have worked for the city and served its citizens. I appreciate the dedication and service of those individuals who were affected by these budget decisions. 

The city – first and foremost – exists to serve it’s citizens. We have the lowest municipal cost and tax burden than any other in the metroplex. Energy costs and state mandates have increased our expenses exponentially. The other options available to the city are to cut services or raise taxes. I don’t want to see us do either of those. 

I thank Gary Greer for being proactive in developing a budget for 2008-2009 that maintains the level of services our citizens expect and deserve. 

And regarding legal fees…we’re paying double our total legal fees this year to paint a water tower. These decisions are not being driven by our upholding the law and carrying out the will of the people. 

TIm by Tim Scott, City Council, Place 1 at 8:02 PM | 1 comments (create)(View) 

I’m going to resist the cheap shot about the misspelling of the word “Eliminated”. Hopefully the author has found the Spell Check command by now and has learned how to use it. I am a big believer that professional people ought to act and write professionally. But spelling aside, what is even more annoying is his frequent use of big words that he clearly doesn’t understand. That brings me to the next internet feature that he  needs to discover and learn to utilize: Wikipedia, Meriam Webster, or any of the many other fine dictionary sites on the internet. They’re free, take only a little time to use, and selecting the correct word would go a long way towards alleviating confusion and making the correct statements. Here’s the first sentence containing a word that should have been checked for definition: 

 Energy costs and state mandates have increased our expenses exponentially 

My goodness, expenses have risen lately, but exponentially? That’s a lot of increase. A whole lot. A great big humongous lot. For the record, when a number increases  exponentially it is multiplied by itself one or more times.  

 

 This would be like if you got a bill for $1000 one month. If  it increased exponentially the next month it would be $1000 x $1000 which comes out to be $1,000,000! At this rate I’m afraid to tell you what it would be the next month. That’s exponential growth.
 
I do not want to alarm you, but when we’re talking about money, exponential growth is what happens in Ponzi, or Pyramid, schemes. See why this is important? This statement leads us to believe that Farmers Branch is engaged in a Ponzi scheme: somehow our energy bills became victim to some unscrupulous shyster.  Who was watching the bank? Was it Bernie Madoff?   
 
Wait – the author says it’s also Government Mandate: is he saying that the Government is forcing us to participate in a Ponzi scheme? What government? What if it’s Nigeria. I know that a Nigerian Prince has been sending out a lot of messages lately. Did someone in City Hall fall for that old trick? Oh dear.
 
 
I hate to be an alarmist, but this is alarming news indeed. Something must be done. That’s our money he’s talking about: our taxes, our funds that could be going to something important.
 
Let’s move on to this statement:
 
The other options available to the city are to cut services or raise taxes. I don’t want to see us do either of those.
 
I guess he had his eyes closed, since the City Council managed to do both. But this statement does include the magic words “or” and “either”, so when he says the City is reluctant to do either of those I guess, technically, he was telling the truth. Oh, those silver-tongued politicians.
 
The next statement that got my attention is:
 
I thank Gary Greer for being proactive in developing a budget for 2008-2009 that maintains the level of services our citizens expect and deserve.
 
Oh my. I really am confused with this sentence, as the level of services  is getting pretty abysmal. Except for Code Enforcement – that Community Service level has risen exponentially. Sad to say, we’ve come to expect bullying and restriction and fighting off mosquitoes by ourselves, but do we deserve it? I guess the City Council thinks we do, because this statement says so.
 
While you ponder that, here’s another really confusing statement:
 
And regarding legal fees…we’re paying double our total legal fees this year to paint a water tower.
 
I read this many many times and still can’t figure out what the message is. Is he saying that we’re using legal fees to paint a water tower? Why is that? Oh – is it because the water tower needed the new logo? Maybe that’s it. We could not have the new logo on the street signs and electrical boxes and the old logo on water towers. That would be so confusing, and probably harmful to our Health, Safety, and Welfare. People who are driving on the street could look at the water tower and get confused and possibly have an accident. Whew – we sure dodged that bullet.
 
I still can’t understand what painting the tower has to do with legal fees. Or, if it is that expensive to paint a water tower, why did we do it. Maybe it was one of those pesky Government Mandates. Or maybe Code Enforcement got carried away and cited the water towers for peeling paint.
 
Besides that – which legal fees: the $300,000 that was in the budget or the $900,000 that we got hit with? Not an exponential increase, but pretty darned large anyway. If they can’t budget legal fees correctly what else are they guessing wrong? Park costs? Signs? Logo changes? I’m guessing all the above.
Let’s move on to the next point – and hurry, too, because all of this is making my head hurt:
 
These decisions are not being driven by our upholding the law and carrying out the will of the people.
 
Did I miss something? Oh – silly me – I see it now. He’s saying that the layoff was not due to all the money that was spent on trying to end illegal immigration. We know that now – he just got through telling us that we spent that money painting the water tower and being caught up in Ponzi schemes.
 
Okay, okay: I know what it is; I was just checking to see if you are awake. Of course I know that this is one of those psychological tricks – trying to blame “the people” and our “patriotic” attempt to “uphold the law” to justify the immense amounts of time and money that is being spent pursuing a  poorly conceived and executed ordinance. Over and over again. And again. The sad part is that the citizens all were caught up in something stupid because we mistakenly thought that our elected leaders knew what they were doing. It’s painfully obvious now that they didn’t have a clue. But they still persist. It’s interesting how they keep dragging out this “will of the people” excuse when they have pointedly ignored the people in nearly every other decision they have made.
 
I know what you’re thinking – there’s one more sentence left. Well, I’m not going to talk about it, because you and I both know that this was meant to be an attempt at dark humour:
  
The city – first and foremost – exists to serve it’s citizens.
 
And boy oh boy – are we ever being served: served citations, served lawsuits, served debt,  decreased serve – ices, and don’t forget the bull s–t: we are being served a big ole’ steaming serving: on a platter.
 
Eat Up! – there’s a lot more where that came from.
 
 
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