While I am going to be gentler with my Commissioner, Steve Mulroy, than Mute was, I do have to ask all of the Democratic Commissioners this question: What the hell were you thinking? After Tennessee Waltz and Main Street Sweeper and god knows what else may be coming, do you folks not realize that it makes you LOOK like you have your hands out? Have you not learned that this is only going to piss off your constituencies? If you want Tiger basketball tickets that badly, BUY the damned things, I have to and so should you.
The CA weighed in on this today, and it hit the nail on the head (Otis must have written it):
The argument that always seems to be made when gift policies are discussed -- that no gift is going to influence the decisions of an honest public servant -- is as tiresome as it is beside the point.
Local and state government bodies are at a low point in their history in terms of credibility. Any member of the County Commission or any other public body who fails to take a strong stand against the acceptance of gifts creates the impression that he or she has no interest in creating and nurturing an ethical climate that would put political corruption cops out of business.Exactly. This needs, no, DEMANDS reconsideration, especially because the only people voted for this were Democrats, and, damn it, you should KNOW BETTER.