The Charleston Crybaby.
For today's post, let's just go with Thornton Cooper v. Danny Jones and the Charleston worker tax. I think Danny Jones should try out for some pro wrestling circuit. He could be nicknamed The Charleston Crybaby. On Jerry Waters' radio show the other day, he had Thornton Cooper on to discuss Dannyboy's worker tax. The wrangling over getting this thing on a ballot, has been absolutely ridiculous. I guess if Dannyboy had done his job the first time, and followed the proper procedures, we wouldn't be worrying about it. But he didn't. He tried to ram through his little cash grab extortion scheme, and whoops, evidently, he's not a dictator. He's got to jump through some hoops. I know this will come as a complete shock to Dannyboy, but thankfully, we have the courts to keep an eye on these jackasses.
The current state is that the Charleston residents get to vote on the user fee ordinance, but Danny is trying his best, to make that as difficult as possible. He keeps saying "well, we'll have to have a special election and that will cost all this money." Well, I go back to what I said earlier. If he had followed the rules to begin with, we wouldn't need a special election. Any extra taxpayer dollars that are spent (including all the lawyer fees Charleston paid to their lawyers), are having to be spent ENTIRELY because Jones didn't do his job. The extra dollars expended for this, are nobody's fault, but Jones'. But he'll be on the radio and tv and in the newspapers whining that it's Cooper's fault for bringing the lawsuit. Well boo hoo hoo. Imagine that, a politician has to follow the rules.
But the best part is the absolutely disgusting show of immaturity and petulance by Jones after Cooper was on Waters' show. He then called in and complained that Cooper was "a freakshow" and "a jailhouse lawyer." So, the mayor of the state's largest city, is reduced to 3rd grade name calling to try and defend his dictatorial actions? He then proceeded to chide Cooper for being a government employee (Cooper retired from the Public Service Commission as an attorney), stating something along the lines of "well, thank god for state government so Cooper could have a job and suck down a government pension." And what the hell had Jones done in his life? He's been Sheriff (sucking off the government teat). He's been in the House of Delegates (sucking off the government teat). He's been Regatta Director (sucking off the government teat). He's been "sanitation director," where he got lots of press for riding around on a garbage truck, like he's some sort of blue collar guy (who happens to have been born wealthy, and never really needed a job in his life). And now he's Mayor. At least Cooper got a job and managed to hang on to it, instead of jumping from job to job. And I bet Jones will get a government pension too, before it's all over. Every one of you state employees that live in Charleston, should remember what The Charleston Crybaby said about Cooper.
Jones simply personally attacked Cooper. Jones derided him for working for state government because Cooper sued the city, and actually won his case on a procedural point showing that Jones didn't do his job.
Now, about getting the issue on the primary election ballot. We now have the optical scanner vote machines. And evidently, Cooper wants to put the entire ordinance on every ballot. But, evidently, we can't do that. We can't print the 5 pages or whatever, of the ordinance for every ballot. But, we've got all these new high tech whizbang voting machines. And yet, we can't vote the way we are supposed to. Here's a thought. If it's not actually possible to add 7 pages to the ballot, just give you an EXTRA ballot for the user fee ordinance. A paper one. With 2 boxes on it. One box for "yes," one box for "no." You make an X in the one you choose. You could count those ballots by hand, in just a couple hours. I don't mind waiting until 10 or 11 pm to find out if it passed. I don't need election results at 8pm. Our country worked damn fine, for a couple hundred years, not knowing the actual results of the elections for sometimes WEEKS after the election. But Kent Carper and others have lamented that if we do that, the paper user fee ballots might not get counted for an hour or two afterwards, and the possibility for tampering exists. Are you kidding me? We now can't have ballots wait an hour or two to be counted? How the hell did we stop tampering before now? Did the possibility of tampering not exist before the optical scanner machines? Don't insult my intelligence, Kent. Put them in a locked room, and leave them there until you can count them. This isn't rocket science. Hell, I don't care if I go to bed that night, and not know the answer. I can find out in the morning.
All this "oh, but we can't DO that on these new machines," crap is hysterical. Well, guess what? If you can't do that on the "new" machines, your "new" machines, suck.