Another Facebook (where we in the Bureaucrat Beat Newsroom will not go) moment. Yes, it’s Dubya on Facebook. You dubyaknow, our former President. To once have claimed leadership of the free world probably leaves one with a heady feeling about oneself. When it’s over, what do you do? We suppose Facebook might answer to the painful yet pressing search for adoration for the once famous.

We can imagine Dubya’s Facebook entry after he has overcome referring to himself in the third person – you know “the former President remains active.” Hello, Dubya!!! Learn to say “I remain active.” It’s okay to relate to people straight on. Not like Cheney is writing it for you!?! Anyway, so Dubya would post this entry: “I’m one lucky Texan. You know, 911 and the collapse of Wall Street were bad enough, but I got out when the gittin’ was good. If one of those danged oil rigs would’ve blown up under my administration, they would’ve fried me!! You know, ‘Texas Big Oil President fails to clean up mess.’ Obama’s goin’ to figure it out – you just have to act like you’re always right and call people names. Otherwise, they’ll eat you alive out there. Take it from me, Barack. I oughta know.”

Anyway, he can’t appear on nationwide TV anymore, but Dubya’s got more than 50,000 fans on Facebook. We’ll keep an eye on YouTube. He just might pop up there with what he’s up to at his Crawford, Texas ranch. Desperately seeking George.

Did you get one of those mailers from Voter information Guide in Sherman Oaks? They tell you who and what to vote for according to your political registration. Here’s what we heard – the company gets paid by candidates and proposition proponents to include them in their recommendations. Oh, that’s nice. Make it look like it comes from your political party but really it’s just a put up job.

Best of luck, all you voters out there. Our advice on statewide propositions – vote no unless the benefit is really obvious. If a big corporation supports the proposition, forget it. Local candidates and Measure U in Mammoth – all of the media have hashed it over enough to figure out some kind of intelligent vote. We in the Bureaucrat Beat Newsroom know this much – we’ve had it up to our space bars with lightweight public servants. You know the serious ones when you see and hear them. They understand issues in depth. They don’t bore you with platitudes. They have accomplished some things in their lives, measurable things. If they don’t add up to this – forget about ’em. Life has grown far too grave for cotton candy leadership.

We like it that Karen Ball Summers called out the Inyo Supervisors on their arrogance and intimidation of constituents. They probably think they do just fine, but they lose out on the benefit of their peoples’ minds and hearts with their bad behavior. That’s how good officials build a real political base – on the foundation of what the people want. Not on what the supervisors want and on what DWP wants. Get it?

An intelligent man stopped by the Newsroom the other day to tip us off on the tragic cutbacks of child care funding and other help for low income people here in our area. It will hurt already struggling families. This visitor pointed to how big money losses hurt the whole community. “It’s money,” he said, “that doesn’t circulate through town.” Yep. He’s right aboutstate_capitol_1-12-09 that. This same man suggested that state legislators need to cut their staff numbers and share the pain. “Laws and cutbacks,” he said, “only seem to apply outside of Sacramento.”

Another listener sent us a summary of the Governor’s May budget revision. You could subtitle it “How to make the poor more poor and miserable”. The proposal would cut Medi-Cal, Food Stamps, Child Welfare, SSI, In-Home Supportive Services, CalWorks, and Food Assistance programs.

Back to the earlier comments about cuts for legislative staffs, how about we eliminate state commissions – as many as possible. Most of those exist to pay back political favors. We can’t afford favors anymore.

With that, this is Benett Kessler signing off for Bureaucrat Beat where we await your word on our lives in the Eastern Sierra and beyond.


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