It's said you're supposed to keep your friends close and you enemies closer, but that may not apply to the Multnomah County Commission. I don't get it. Individually, this is a good bunch of folks. Together, they're not working.
At their last meeting, they accepted the invitation of their charter review commission to send ot the ballot a repeal of the term limits on county commissioners. Now don't get me wrong -- I abhor term limits. They strip responsibility from the voters. But this crew is already in such foul odor (and one of them told me she knows that full well), that this looks like just another stick in the eye of Multnomah County citizens.
This on top of the pay for snow days, the head librarian getting a budget breaking salary then following it with library hour reductions, and the poor handling of the critical civil liberties issue of gay marriage (the Chair simply should have said it was administrative and never dragged the others in, making it look like they violated the open meetings law when they didn't).
As it is, McIntyre and his ilk are going to get their vote on repeal of the County's temporary tax, and a switch of eight percent is quite possible because of how folks view the County. Unfortunately, two-thirds of that tax doesn't go to the County, it goes to the schools, but we'll have to remind the voters of that, and all never-met-a-tax-I-liked-Don will have to do is remind people that, once again, the circus is in town.
When you're public approval smells like a skunk, it's not the time to ask whether you can hang around the living room a bit longer. Once again, the Commission has given our enemies aid and comfort, and once again, the school children may pay.