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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Take Back Toledo

A new effort has begun to try and recall Toledo mayor Carty Finkbeiner. Take Back Toledo charter members include local libertarian talk show host Brian Wilson. Among the reasons they list of why he must go:
  • $10,000,000 deficit this year and twice that for next year
  • many failed city projects
  • erratic behavior in firing and demoting staff
  • lots of other strange behavior
It really doesn't matter to me who is the mayor of Toledo. The disease of government incompetence will surely affect anyone who occupies that office. Even so, it would behoove the people to know that public officials can and will be removed from office if they fail to live up to their duties.

In my opinion, ALL government officials fail the people. Especially local ones who really should matter to us the most. They should all be removed from office as often as possible. If these government idiots knew they could be recalled at any moment they might actually attempt to do what is best for the city instead of only themself and their friends.

Ultimately, I don't think it would improve democracy enough to make me want to keep it. But it might make things more tolerable for the time being - at least until we can figure out how to do away with government entirely. For now, if somebody came to my door, I would happily sign their petition to recall the mayor. I would also happily add the entire city council and county government as well.

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