I have been following this little saga playing out in West Seneca where local gadfly Kevin Gaughan is calling for downsizing that town's council from 5 to 3. I used to think Gaughan had something to offer in the debate about shrinking government to reduce costs but this latest move confirms he is a publicity seeking kook.
After all, there is no real savings in reducing the number of town board members by two. So, then, is the argument that smaller council will be more efficient? And if so, how? By limiting dissension and debate?
Democracy is meant to be sloppy and messy at times. But that's the price you pay to give the average joe a say in the way things happen.
What's even more disturbing is that I'm told this effort is really a battle between warring factions in West Seneca politics. One side that is on the outs thinks it can gain a majority with a smaller council. This is totally undemocratic and really a disgrace to our way of life.
It reminds me of those who call for downsizing the Niagara County Legislature. I'm not saying 19 isn't too many, but this idea we should reduce to 9 or 11 is to take representation away from all of us.
I'm sure a lot of dictators have come to power promising more efficiency by getting rid of those pesky elected boards. Don't be fooled by dupes like Gaughan who are pawns in a sinister political game.