Act I of the Washington Follies has just concluded and our federal government has re-opened. Act II is scheduled to begin in January 2014 with the same roadblocks to be overcome. Before that curtain rises it might be worthwhile to review Act I. It began when a group of right-wing Republicans led by Texas Senator Ted Cruz were determined to defund ObamaCare in the 2014 federal budget. His 21 hour oration in the US Senate brought extensive publicity to the effort, not to mention substantial contributions to that cause. Of course, there was no way that any ObamaCare defund bill would be approved in the Democrat controlled Senate and even less that President Obama would sign it. Any logical American citizen who believes in our democratic system must have wondered by what rationale how the ObamaCare legislation, approved by both houses of Congress, signed by the President and defined as constitutional by the US Supreme Court, couldn't be legally implemented.
Hang on to your hats, Mequonites, the political follies have started. It’s been fifteen years since Mayor Moriarty left office with his objective of turning Mequon into an ante-bellum community of no modern conveniences with a "No Progress in Mequon" agenda. He didn’t quite succeed but he and his merry minions created quite a rumpus over his term. I’m told by some long-term residents that watching those common council meetings, which often lasted until two in the morning, was more fun that any television show on the networks. Well, Moriarty is long gone, but his gang has been reconstituted with old members and new recruits to the cause with the same mission, "No Progress in Mequon"
On June 17, 1972, a break-in occurred at the Democratic National Committee at their Watergate complex in Washington, DC. After a two year investigation it was determined that President Nixon attempted to cover-up the break-in and other questionable activities during his administration. Facing impeachment charges in the House of Representatives, Nixon resigned on August 9, 1974.
PREAMBLE: Now that the most competitive Mequon mayoral election in 21 years is over, it is useful to review Mequon’s form of city government. This Blog is in two parts. Part I is based on my research of applicable statutes as to how Mequon's municipal government operates. It is factual to the best of my ability. Part II represents my opinion as to how the governing process can be improved based on my eleven (11) years holding elective offices -- three (3) years as a Mequon alderperson and eight (8) years as a Ozaukee County supervisor with terms as President of the Mequon Common Council and Vice Chair of the Ozaukee County Board.
Now that we have fallen only part way down the fiscal cliff, it may be time to examine whether we are going to hit bottom or climb back up to the top. As pretty much known by most sensible Americans, when you get in a deficit position when outgo exceeds income, whether in a family, in a business or in government, there are only two options. They are to simultaneously increase income (or revenue) and to decrease spending (or expenses). That seems simple enough in concept and generally most families, businesses and local governments have this understanding. The only institution that has missed the concept completely is the federal government. Granted there are times when national emergencies such as wars, conflagrations, natural disasters, etc. make it impossible to follow the axioms for fiscal responsibility.