April 7, 2011

Crazier Than Charlie Sheen

Tuesday night’s hearings on new proposed legislative districts in Niagara County produced, among other things, some moments of great levity, as virtually every Democrat officeholder in Niagara Falls came out in force to demand that, as new district lines are drawn, the men and women charged with generating a map of electoral districts conveniently ignore the antiquated notion of “one man, one vote.”

For some time now, as it became apparent that Paul Dyster's Niagara Falls was heading toward substantial population losses, the Falls political class have been haranguing both the civilian redistricting commission and the County Legislature. In fact, the geniuses who make up the Niagara Falls City Council even went so far as to pass a resolution calling on the County Legislature to award the Falls four or more seats, even though both the loss of 10% of their population in one decade and a voter-approved downsizing of the Legislature (that passed overwhelmingly even in the Falls) means Niagara Falls is only legally entitled to a little more than three seats.

Naturally, this brought out some really hilarious moments. Our favorite, though, had to be the rationale offered by Roger Spurback, who is president of the Niagara Falls Block Club Council.


Now, we’ve heard lots of rationales for lots of crazy things over the years. But as an argument for increasing anyone’s representation, that is highly questionable. Giving Niagara Falls extra representation because they've regressed so far would be like giving Libya a seat on the UN Human Rights Council, or trusting Charlie Sheen with a live, free-form show. And yet, we can't make stuff like this up.

You stay classy, Niagara Falls.

5 comments:

sundayniagara said...

As long as the Nazis control the county legislature, NF will continue to suffer!

The Avenger said...

As long as Niagara Falls continue to elect incompetent people to elected office at all levels, it will continue to suffer.

James T. Kirk said...

Hey, Sundayniagara, it's usually an accepted rule of etiquette for Internet discussions that the first side in an argument to compare his or her opponents to Hitler loses...

rob clark said...

Hobbes.....Not every " DEMOCRAT" in attendance was in agreement.I was there to speak out against having the Towns of Niagara and Wheatfield in the same district as the city. I had hoped that they would keep the two towns together. But thanks to my DEMOCRATIC counterparts, the town is now combined with the city only.....All I can say is WTF !!!

sundayniagara said...

Oops, let me rephrase that, it's "Nazi Repugnantcants!"