Recalls and such

Asking the voters to consider removing an office holder before their term is up can be a daunting task.  A recall campaign is nothing but negative, requires a high standard simply to get placed on a ballot, and sometimes can be more divisive than simple partisanship within a community.  But there are times when the harshness is called for.. Indeed the following reasons could be found in your community.. this time its Gross Pointe Shores:

“Consider the following 10 strong other reasons to vote to recall the incumbents this May. Click the on blue hyperlinks for the facts:

  • Financial mismanagement, deficit spending and lack of long term planning is driving our city toward bankruptcy. Unreserved general fund balance fund down from $410,000 in March 2007 to current value of negative $210,000. Review the article “Seeing Red”.
  • Promise that well revenue would fully fund marina upgrade was made contrary to advice from Shores own consultants. See the source document.
  • Shores spent taxpayer dollars to prevent citizen access to public salary information before the council and charter election: See the FOIA request and Clark Hill legal bill.
  • Shores employees serve on committees that approve unsustainable salaries & benefits. Look at the annual rise in pension costs during the Cooper tenure.
  • The incumbent’s hostile attitude toward newly elected council members and many residents: watch the Shores video clips and see for yourself.
  • Dr Robert Lee, the sponsor of that recall has succeeded in garnering the votes needed, and has kept us informed through the RecallPosse.org site, as well as promoting his own http://shoresrecall.com/

    Ultimately, the best way to put an office holder in or out of his or her job, is to elect and then un-elect when their term has expired.  Recalls are certainly not the preferred method of firing for bad or incompetent performance.  However, an occasional need arises and the hard work of a dedicated group of individuals can give a community a chance to end the pain of bad leadership a little earlier.

    Sometimes they need help.  Join the posse.

    1 comment for “Recalls and such

    1. January 28, 2010 at 2:02 pm

      I have been in contact with Dr. Lee since the recall began. He has done a masterful job. He certainly has a just cause. I have seen the contempt which the mayor and some council people have when the residents speak at the council meetings.

      I am particularly facinated at the salaries these people are making while they are running a deficet in the city. If anyone is interested in appealing their property assessment, I hope they will attend one of the seminars Michigan Taxpayers Allience and the Wayne County Taxpayers Association have scheduled across the state. Click on the pink house at http://www.wctaxpayers.org . I hope we see you at one of them.

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