Welcome to Bell, California: “Bell is one of Los Angeles County’s poorest towns. Ten days ago, its residents woke up to learn that its City Council was paying its city manager, Robert Rizzo, nearly $800,000 a year, its police chief $457,000 and its assistant city manager $376,000.”
If you live in SoCal, odds are you are already familiar with Bell’s disgustingly greedy City Hall denizens. So very telling of the state of our politics today. But this is a story with which all Americans should become familiar, because there is a warning in it for all of us.
The truth is the citizens of Bell are not entirely blameless here. They ended up being governed and bled for money – in large part – because they allowed it to happen through their lack of civic involvement (word is a great deal of them don’t even speak English, which would explain a lot; but I can’t attest to that).
And that’s the bottom line here: the Ruling Class will get away taking its “subjects” for all they’re worth – at the local, state, and federal levels – as long as the citizenry fails to flex the considerable amount of control which our nation’s laws still grant it. It’s like any muscle in a healthy body. The more you use it, the stronger it becomes. If you never exercise it, you can be sure it will atrophy. Use it or lose it.
More at Jon & Ken’s page.