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“None of the Above” For Mayor
The title of this entry is in reference to a Richard Pryor movie called Brewster’s Millions. It’s a pretty funky tail about a guy who inherits 300 Million dollars on the condition that he spends 30 Million in a month, in order to teach him to hate spending money. One of the things that he did to spend all that money was, oddly enough, run for mayor by telling everyone to vote for “None of the Above”.
I don’t intend to say that people shouldn’t vote. But what I do intend to say is that there is no candidate in the race that deserves anyone’s full support. People seem to be extremely passionate about their candidate of choice, but, in my opinion, none of them deserve such passion. So, at least I’m an equal opportunity candidate basher.
He seems to be a polarizing figure in the Progressive Community. Pretty much everybody either loves him or hates him. I don’t really understand either position. I’m pretty much indifferent. He seems like he was a pretty good District Councilperson who differed to his Ward leaders and did a lot of constituent services, but I don’t think that that is why people love him.
I think that people love him because of the toothless ethics legislation that he passed and the Smoking Ban which he championed. So basically, when ethics was in the news, someone with Mayoral aspirations championed ethics legislation. A good thing? I don’t know, I mean toothless legislation is almost worse than no legislation at all in the fact that it lets people be in a state of denial about what’s going on. Whether that is the case or not, we should all know that he was running for mayor when he did this.
People who champion him as a progressive also seem to forget how he basically whored for Comcast at every opportunity. Being “Progressive” and standing up for huge media and telecommunications conglomerates that use monopolistic tendencies to rip of the consumer do not reconcile. So when people say that the opponents of Nutter do not like him because of his style rather than his substance, all I have to say is Comcast. Moreover, style is important. You can’t just be a good guy or have good ideas. You have to be able to sell those ideas, and in this arena, style is everything.
People who hate him seem to hate him because he advocates tax reform. I don’t mind paying high City Wage taxes, or even paying the retarded BPT when I’m consulting. However, let’s not act like our tax system isn’t stupid. It is, and someone needs to do something about it. What I do mind is having to drive to my job in the suburbs in horrible traffic because my bosses hate our retarded tax system.
It seems like a lot of people like Chaka, but mostly for his name recognition or because they saw him on Hardball or Crossfire or any of the other political shows on Cable. If you ask these same people what he has done, you usually get blank stares. Say what you want about Bob Brady, or even Vince Fumo, but they at least support Progressive candidates from time to time. Who has Fattah supported?
I can understand people from West Philly liking him, because he seems to have a certain amount of pull there. (So I guess you are off the hook Ray). But he pretty much has no presence in the Northwest. I found out that I literally live a block from his office. I’m sure that I pass by it every day, but I can honestly say that I have no idea where it is. I’d like to meet someone who has actually been there.
I’ve heard pretty mixed reviews on Evans. Marc has a lot of good things to say about him as it pertains to community development. All I know is that he supported the state taking over the schools, Convention Center, and Parking Authority, and that doesn’t sit to well with me. Also, I don’t think that he has a prayer of winning, especially after his God awful run the first time around.
Hey, Tom says that he is going to take the “For Sale” sign off of City Hall. Anyone who has bought a house knows that before they take down the “For Sale” sign, they put a little sign on it that says “Sold”. What exactly is progressive about buying an election because you are rich? Also, where did he get his money from? I know that he was the CEO of one of the biggest HMO’s in the country. I also know that there are some questions as to whether he was involved in predatory lending. Some people think that he has good ideas, but good ideas aren’t enough. I’d like to know where someone’s heart really lies, because if it isn’t in a good place, then those good ideas will fall by the wayside.
Is it even possible that anybody on here is supporting Johnny Doc?
Our fearless party Chairman may get into the race. To his credit, he does support progressive candidates from time to time. He also supports some dingbats, but then again, in order to make an omelet, you have to break a few eggs. So, I sort of don’t know what to think about him.
If he really did push Saidel out, then I don’t think that that was a smart move. I personally think that Saidel would have been a shoe in for Mayor. I don’t even think that there would have been a contest. Sure, Brady will get support from a lot of Ward leaders, but all of them would have supported Saidel. Plus Saidel is an extremely funny and charismatic person, and the Mayor’s election is a lot more about that then it is Ward leader support.
Dislcaimer: I am highly leaning towards supporting “None of the Above” for Mayor.