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The Mating Calls of Government: Photos And Taxes.

Today at 9 AM, a bunch of elected officials and employees from the City of Palm Bay and Brevard County will gather for a “ribbon cutting ceremony” for the infamous “Interchange to Nowhere.”

The interchange has been plagued by lies, failed government deals, failed negotiations, expired permits, money spent to keep the FDOT portion of the interchange open, and posturing between the County Commission and the Palm Bay City Council.

No intelligent human being could ever think that the exchange should be celebrated much less gathering people together for a ribbon cutting ceremony.

The bizarre thing is that while both the County Commission and the Palm Bay City Council have been telling residents to avoid social gatherings and “be responsible,” last week Palm Bay Mayor Capote (the REMF) reminded people of the ribbon cutting ceremony and hoped people would come out to watch and celebrate.

How hypocritical and tone deaf can a group of elected officials be?

We realize that the mating call of a photo op is strong for officials, but what kind of message is being sent to the people of Palm Bay and un-incorporated Brevard County?

“When it comes to helping prevent the spread of COVID-19, do as we say, not as we do?”

We can’t wait to see the photos from this ceremony because when the ribbon is cut, the person doing the cutting shouldn’t have anyone within a 6 foot radius, right? That’s what we have been told and warned, right?

To us, it is also a case of money. To some extent we may be being petty here, but we guarantee that officials aren’t even buying the ribbon. After wasting tons of taxpayer money, the final insult may be “taxpayers need to buy the supplies so we can celebrate how great we are.”

Of course, as we noted earlier, paid non-elected government workers will be there. Whether it is the engineers that designed the interchange, workers who worked on it, police who will be there to control “crowds” or other “hanger-ons,” they will be compensated and it is the taxpayer that is footing that bill as well.

Is the cost of the ceremony great? Given the budgets of the City of Palm Bay and Brevard County, probably not. That’s not the point.

The point is that when governments and government workers start to waste money on small things, not only do those small things add up collectively, but it makes it easier for them to turn a blind eye to other, more costly waste. We will probably never truly have an accounting of the amount of waste on this project alone, but given the fact that the officials and workers want to “celebrate,” we can surmise that the amount of waste doesn’t matter to them at all.

So while the majority of people are either at work or staying at home as recommended by Palm Bay and Brevard County, the officials are out spending money to celebrate what they screwed up.

It doesn’t matter to them.

It’s not their money being wasted.

All they have to do is pass more taxes and or raise fees to cover their narcissistic cravings.

We wish we could stop this “celebration.” We really do. We thought of spoiled fruits and veggies being hurled through the air, but that bring the ire of the police. We thought about bullhorns and megaphones trying to shut down anyone who talks, but that is a “heckler’s veto,” and we are fundamentally opposed to that. After all, if some elected official or government worker wants to open their mouths and expose themselves as the hypocritical and narcissistic we all suspect them to be, who are we to try and prevent that?

We also thought of a small army of drones, just buzzing the speakers and watching them cower, but that rings of a threat as well.

The only thing that we can hope is that the people involved get a conscience and don’t dhow up, and or that the citizens hold these folks accountable for this folly of self congratulatory celebration.

We don’t hold out any hope for that from the participants, but maybe the citizens will remember.

They spend and waste our money, and then want to pat themselves on the back.

A pox on all their houses.





3 Responses to “The Mating Calls of Government: Photos And Taxes.”

  1. Mike Reitano says:

    A lightning bolt would have been apropos

  2. Bob Chadwick says:

    “We thought of spoiled fruits and veggies being hurled through the air, but that bring the ire of the police.”

    That’s also not a good idea as it results in littering; we already have enough beer cans, used birth control devices, MacDonald’s wrappers, and piles of long-ignored yard/tree trimmings and construction waste sitting on Palm Bay right-of-ways….

    • AAfterwit says:

      Bob Chadwick,

      Thanks for the comment.

      That’s also not a good idea as it results in littering; we already have enough beer cans, used birth control devices, MacDonald’s wrappers, and piles of long-ignored yard/tree trimmings and construction waste sitting on Palm Bay right-of-ways….

      Nah. The spoiled food would have bio-degraded and could have been used for compost to feed the grass in the area.

      Of course, we think that given what was said at this “ceremony,” all the manure that flowed from the City and elected officials should have the grass and other vegetation in the area fed for at least the next 25 years or so.

      A. Afterwit.

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