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Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Reader: Martin Sweeney is about to Rig the Charter Review Commission

Posted By on Tue, Jan 8, 2008 at 11:39 PM

Rigging it ahead of time, Cleveland City Council President Martin (“I Don't Wear Underwear”) Sweeney, just recovered from Emily Lipovan's sexual harassment complaint (thanks to buying her off with $60,000 of our tax money), is now planning to dupe the idiotic residents of Cleveland (who stupidly keep re- electing the same scummy, worthless councilmen) with the Plain Dealer helping him do it. Especially Plain Dealer editorial chief Brent Larkin, who controls the Pee Dee. Sweeney is about to appoint 15 Clevelanders to be on the city Charter Review Commission. But he says he will only appoint people who are nominated by their councilman. This assures that the 15 will do whatever the corrupt, sold-out, shifty, self-serving council wants them to do for the wealthy business people who control council and Mayor Frank Jackson, at the expense of the neighborhoods. This includes reducing council, which will favor the wealthy even more, because it will cost even more money for anybody to run for city council, since with fewer wards the wards will be larger, and such things as mailings of campaign literature will be more expensive... It is easier for big business to control and bribe a smaller number of councilmen. The example of the three-Democrat Cuyahoga County commissioners – who raised the sales tax as corporate welfare for their political pals, the powerful Kennedy family to buy them a medical mart, and to give Sam Miller a new convention center on his land behind Tower City -- is proof that a small number of politicians are less accountable to the public than a larger number (the 21 Cleveland Councilmen). The problem is not too many councilmen. The problem is they do not really care about the public and are sold out to the wealthy. Council reduction will only make that worse. Money can be saved by eliminating the staffs of each councilman, so the lazy Councilmen will have to actually work to earn their big $70,00 a year salaries. The solution is to return to electing them every two years, like it used to be. They will be more accountable and responsive to the public, or they can be voted out. Also, the anti-bribery laws must be enforced. That would put some councilmen in jail, where they belong. And big campaign money donations must be banned, because they amount to legalized bribes, and let the wealthy buy favors. The Charter Review Commission can recommend changes that would solve these problems, but it will not, because Sweeney will appoint puppets and sold-out paid whores of big business to prevent that from happening. Clevelanders need to organize to take back City Hall, now. – Robert Mesa

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