It’s time for a Tea Party movement to form in the District, and I’m not referring to the kind that leans right and votes conservative. We’ll never see that in my lifetime. No, we need a movement that is willing to stand up and wag a finger in the faces of the Kwame Browns who claim to “take full responsibility” and then walk away without justifying such a statement. One which asks why a city that’s $400 million in debt should even THINK about paying for a lease that’s over $1,900 a month when its residents struggle to make that in two months. One that’s tailor-made for this type of political corruption.
It’s pretty simple. The District has run out of money. It can’t meet its current obligations. If anyone should know such a state of fiscal calamity, one would think it should be the chairman of the DC City Council. And what does he do? He parks his own black SUV in the driveway, and asks the government to provide him two.
Such malfeasance cannot be explained away. Nor should it be swept under the rug and dismissed. Such acts cry out for a body of voters who have no tolerance for this behavior, and a movement that is not easily swayed by the lure of political baubles.
The mayor should know better than to allow this to continue or even go un-questioned. It’s no longer enough to comment, “he’ll do the right thing.” It’s time to stand up and demand that the right thing be done. And then work like hell to ensure the voters and taxpayers are protected.
For as long as we have to shake our collective heads and hang them in embarrassment, the District of Columbia can never truly reach its full potential.
We know better. It’s time to start demanding that from our elected officials.
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