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Bully Pulpit

The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Friday, July 29, 2005

Inman, Walker want to rethink budget

I guess Leon Inman & Jimmy Walker have been feeling the heat from raising our taxes. ... According to The Stokes News, Leon & Jimmy both said they "had no idea what they were voting for." Leon said, "I'm not sure what we adopted is what we voted for." This is classic Jimmy Walker right here: "I'm in a most awkward position... I don't know what I approved. There appears to have been changes from Thursday to Friday. I think there should be some investigation into this... I'm a little embarrassed about this." Of course, both Leon & Jimmy blamed Sandy McHugh for this embarrassing situation. Leon now says he would have voted for a revenue-neutral budget, which was the proposal that John & Joe Turpin supported. ... Jimmy now wants to have another budget workshop to "do whatever it takes to get a working budget for the people of Stokes County." Come on, Jimmy, enough with the rhetoric. After Jimmy made his workshop suggestion, Joe shot back saying that he wasn't going to another workshop if it was "going to be the same anemic sessions we had where nothing gets done." Ha! Great stuff from Joe. ... According to the paper, Joe asks Jimmy, "It is four weeks later and we are still working on this budget... Were the last four weeks productive for you?" Jimmy responds, "They were very educational." Ha!

This is what the "Gang of 3" gets for wanting to raise our taxes... If they would have listened to the Turpins, they could have been spared this embarrassment. Heck, John & Joe suggested passing an interim budget until they could resolve their differences, but noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo...

The paper says they are going to have a budget workshop on Monday, Aug. 1st at 6:00PM... That should be a hoot.


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