2008-10-17 / Letters

Don't Pee On My Foot And Tell Me It's Raining

Dear Editor,

Let's see if I've this straight. Bloomberg cuts the NYC budget for, among other things, education due to the present financial crisis, which was brought upon us by financial "wizards." So pseudo-educator Klein, in his infinite wisdom, decides to hire more personnel to oversee his (and pseudo-educator Bloomberg's) "successes" in education. It's not enough that the DOE has increased its Accountability Office workers from 19 in 2004 to 79 at last count, but now Klein wants to hire more personnel to shovel some more questionable tidbits to us regarding his phony successes. Among those he seeks are a Senior Achievement Facilitator at $170,000.00, a Director of School Quality at the same price, and a Knowledge Management Domain Leader for Mathematics and Science also at the same price. Now don't forget that each one of these new characters will hire underlings, and bigger shovels, which adds to your cost. Budget cuts be damned! Pseudo-educators Bloomberg and Klein will forge ahead to make themselves look good no matter what.

Then Bloomberg gets his cronies on the City Council to consider giving him, as well as themselves a third term. And to think Bloomberg said three terms are "disgusting" or something to that effect. But now the anointed one feels that the city will go under if he's not allowed to run it for another term. If the Council does do away with our choice (didn't you vote two times?) on term limits, then Bloomberg will run again. This Council vote is okey-dokey according to Ronald Lauder, who proposed term limits in the first place and to Christine Quinn, a mayoral hopeful. They and advocates say it's OK for the City Council to amend term limits law. Gee, and here I always thought that when I voted for term limits in referendum it was also OK. It now seems I wasted my time! The advocates also say that if Bloomberg runs and wins he can appoint Lauder to a commission to come up with another plan for term limits in 2010. Yeah, right…voters be damned!

Well if pseudo-educator Klein wants to spend money that the city doesn't have how about spending it on real education and not on the farce that he and Bloomberg have perpetuated on parents for years? Lawyers, doctors, and engineers seem to do a good job at running their respective fields of choice, so why not put educators in charge of education. I realize that this might be a novel, even outlandish, idea, but who knows…it might just work. And as for Bloomberg/- Lauder coming up with a term limit plan in 2010, why not honor my vote and leave well-enough alone in 2008, and let the new mayor's commission deal with it when he takes office. Or is this an outlandish thought also?

As my hero, Judge Judy, always says, "Don't pee on my foot and tell me it's raining!"

STEPHEN YAEGER

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