Let them Wear Contacts!

12 Jan

King Collins du Lac has evidently decided to completely disrespect and ignore a legitimate judge’s ruling.

We know he has contempt for the democratic process as manifested through the legislature and the checks that it places on his power.

We also know he has contempt for the comptroller’s office and the checks that it places on his power.

We knew he had contempt for the federal government and its meddling in the affairs of his jails.

But now we also know that he has contempt for the third branch of government  – the courts.  The problem is that “contempt of court” – where, as here, someone knowingly disobeys a judge’s order, one wonders whether his royal highness might be haled into court to answer for his contempt and possibly end up locked behind federally-investigated Erie County bars.

The tax bills are going out now. Tax officials have printed them with a rate calculated as though [Supreme Court Justice Joseph R.] Glownia had never ruled, except for that $457,000. The rate remains at about $5.03 for every $1,000 of assessed value, before certain charges that vary by municipality.

What it means is that county tax bills that are going out soon will be $8 million higher than they’re legally supposed to be.  So, Collins gets his spending cuts, but grants no tax reduction?  That should play well in November.

He has also decreed that the destitute deadbeats can buy their own goddamned optometrist visit and their own goddamned glasses.  Collins doesn’t wear glasses, so I don’t know if he realizes how much all of that costs, but his decree must now simply wait out the pesky political process he so despises. Let them wear contacts!

15 Responses to “Let them Wear Contacts!”

  1. Jesse January 12, 2011 at 8:14 am #

    So we all know you hate Collins, and for the most part, with good reason.

    But really, Alan. Medicaid is a gigantic pile of bloat that consumes most of the county budget. If you don’t think Medicaid spending is a problem in NYS, what would YOU cut to reduce the burgeoning size of NYS government? Hell, even the Federal government doesn’t give its employees full “free” dental coverage…

  2. Alan Bedenko January 12, 2011 at 8:17 am #

    I don’t trust Collins to do anything. I’ll wait for Cuomo’s commission to make recommendations. Not the dictatorial & petulant CE.

  3. Tom Dolina January 12, 2011 at 8:38 am #

    Alan, although Collins doesn’t wear glasses, would you say he is shortsighted?

  4. Chris Charvella January 12, 2011 at 9:38 am #

    All families, no matter how poor, can afford eyeglasses, County Executive Chris Collins said Tuesday as he mentioned eye care as one of the Medicaid offerings he would drop as an option in Erie County if he could.

    Thanks Mr. Collins for reminding me that those glasses I’ve needed for four years now were always within my reach. All I had to do was stop buying food for my kid. You’re truly an inspiration.

  5. Tom Dolina January 12, 2011 at 9:41 am #

    Chris, haven’t you ever heard of America’s Best Contactys and Eyeglasses? Two complete pairs of eyeglasses AND the exam for only $69! Jeesh…

  6. Chris Charvella January 12, 2011 at 9:55 am #

    Sure, but those frames are made entirely of asbestos and glued together with nuclear sludge. Plus they’re ugly.

  7. Marc Odien January 12, 2011 at 9:56 am #

    @ Tom – I went there once, came out looking like this:

  8. Tom Dolina January 12, 2011 at 10:00 am #

    HA! @Chris and Marc. P.S. We are totally threadcrapping Alan’s post here! I will excuse myself for now…

  9. SusanMary&Joseph January 12, 2011 at 10:48 am #

    What a bunch of entitled brats we have become. My gosh, when CCC goes after the free taxi rides to the drug store for Viagra refills (as once reported by the Bflo News) all hell should break loose ’round here.

  10. Eric Saldanha January 12, 2011 at 11:50 am #

    How many millions in Federal stimulus funds is King Collins sitting on, again?

  11. Peter G January 12, 2011 at 2:19 pm #

    Leave it to a pompous, elitist, multimillionaire who has never been poor to tell us all what a poor family can and cannot afford.

  12. al l January 12, 2011 at 3:35 pm #

    @Tom Dolina

    70 bucks is a lot of money when youre staring at your last 10 bucks.

  13. Leo Wilson January 12, 2011 at 3:44 pm #

    I suspect that, if the destitute and homeless were unionized, there’d be no possibility of taking this away from them.

    Which union will step up to surrender their own benefits for the sake of the destitute?

  14. Tom Dolina January 12, 2011 at 5:09 pm #

    @al: sorry, I didn’t announce my sarcastic intentions. I agree with your statement

  15. Hank January 13, 2011 at 10:28 am #

    5.03/1000 of assessed valuation. I would imagine that’s JUST for the County. Villages, Towns, and Cities are additional, correct? I’ll stay put where I am.

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