This morning’s paper has a story on the mayor vetoing a proposal appropriating money for certain public safety operations. The ordinance was passed by a nearly unanimous vote, and council members are said to be stunned and unhappy. We don’t understand why!
The veto statement says, in part, "...because no one from the Department of Public Safety [the Mayor?] asked for any of these items...." Surely the members of the council should know the rules of the game by now.
Remember the game "Simon says" you used to play as a kid? The players can move only when "Simon" precedes the permission to do so with the words "Simon says."
For years, the Council has allowed the mayor - of either party - to play the part of Simon, eventually rubber stamping whatever outrageous financial handouts he has decided to make. Having done so, they should not now be surprised that he would chastize them for taking even legitimate action without waiting for "Simon" to say so.
(Of course it does get a little complicated when the name Simon is brought into this equation. But even under those circumstances, at least the Pacers have to ask before looting municipal funds.)
Surely Council members know money is going to be needed for the new, downtown, multi-million dollar soccer stadium, thanks to irresponsible state legislation now in the works. After all, the beneficiary in that case has asked! For the right people, that’s all it takes!
Suggestion to the Council. Get your act together: tell the mayor what’s to be done with public funds. You took action you knew to be important in the area of public safety. Make it stand!
Try acting on behalf of your constituents. The mayor didn’t elect you!