The Erie County Legislature Finds Unanimity

30 Jan

Nothing unites the legislature like the control board’s malicious bumbling and stumbling, nor the hamhanded and arrogant incompetence of the Collins administration with respect to the tax bill fiasco.

Wasting money and making huge errors isn’t very Six Sigma-y, is it? Michele Iannello said:

“If we are going to talk about running county government like a business, then there have to be consequences for someone who made a $2 million mistake.”

(Now, if Gramigna will just explain who Legislator Robert Russell is)

(Photo credit: whitneyarlene via Flickr)

6 Responses to “The Erie County Legislature Finds Unanimity”

  1. ike January 30, 2009 at 10:30 am #

    I wish for the failure of his policies, because I don’t want to live in a nation where the government regularly intevenes in the market. Bush was no better, so don’t play that infantile “they did it too” card.

    You didn’t wish for some of Bush’s stupidest policies to be complete failures so that they would have to be repudiated?

    You didn’t hope that his disdain for science, or that his no-bid contracts, or even No Child Left Behind would be exposed as frauds so that they can be replaced by something better?

    IF you say you were honestly hoping that the No-bid contracts et al would work out perfectly, with no waste, graft or corruption because that is what would be best for the country you are a LIAR. After those policies were enacted the best everyone could hope for was that the failure would be so outstanding that there could be no denying they were a stupid policy from the begining.

    Same thing with obama. I want the best possible outcome. When I see that the government is actually taking actions that go against fundamental american values, I hope that those actions are Failures, and that through those failures we can return to the underlying values that we should have embraced from teh start.


  2. ike January 30, 2009 at 10:30 am #

    this is what i get for browsing with multiple tabs….commenting in the wrong post

  3. Don January 30, 2009 at 10:56 am #

    References to Collins are often accompanied by references to Six Sigma – in a pejorative manner. Is it that Six Sigma is a Collins effort at addressing municipal problems – and Collins is to be slammed – or is there a beef with Six Sigma?

  4. hank January 30, 2009 at 1:39 pm #

    I worked for a short time at Timken Bearing Company—they used Six Sigma and it worked well for them.

    But then again, Timken Bearing is a manufacturing company. They create a product that there is a demand for in the open market. They employ people to make these products, and make a profit which they can use to pay shareholder benefits, re-invest in equipment/physical plant, etc.

    ERIE COUNTY is a government entity. The offer services for which they do not charge outright, only by collecting taxes. The services have no demand in the marketplace–except people expect them. There are no shareholders to worry about, there is no profit motive.

    This is why “Running Government like a Business” is a canard, regardless of the political ideology of the politician spewing it at you.

    I believe Inanello to be another local political hack. But when one has a point like she made, it’s hard to find cover.

  5. pirate's code January 30, 2009 at 3:15 pm #

    Iannello is simply grandstanding — a popular activity among our elected officials, regardless of party affiliation. The director of real property tax services has already accepted blame for the tax bill error, attempted to explain it in a conference call with legislators (which was attended by only three of them), and had already agreed to appear before the legislature to explain it again.

    The error was indeed unfortunate. But this is nothing more than flogging the issue to make sure as much stink as possible ends up on Collins. That might be productive politics, but it isn’t productive government.

  6. PJ January 31, 2009 at 7:07 pm #

    Unfortunate error? So the director of real property tax services says OOPS and all is well? Not that anyone should take great joy in this mistake, the critical comments are a byproduct of the sheer arrogance of the Collins adminstration. Maybe a little more humility and less hubris would buy Collins more leeway.

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