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May 30, 2011

Bernie has GOT to go!

by at 6:56 pm.

Well friends, we have had enough campaign kickoff parties to get a sense of where we are headed. And the litmus test du-jour is whether or not a candidate will be a “rubber stamp for Bernie.” This even comes up in School Committee events.

Seems the old spirits of a bygone era are not happy in exile. The din of the disgruntled, murmurs in the local watering holes. The effete, pinkies up, pooh pooh this so called “professional government.” From the high hills to the tenaments in the Bowl, conspiracy boils for the way things used to be. When a permit was on a wink and a nod. When a job was assured for politcal loyalty or what family you came from. When contracts were finagled and the City budget was the meat wagon your pals feasted from.

Can you feel them out there? Can you feel them wanting? The way it used to be?

For this note, I will be labeled. “Mitchell holds Bernie’s coat.” “Jack carries Bernie’s water.” Hmm? That just may be. But if you have ever talked to me, I’ve told you, “I don’t care if Bernie goes. It isn’t him that I support, it is the way we now conduct ourselves.” Go ahead and hand Bernie his pink slip tomorrow. Will I gripe? Not if you give Adam Baacke his job. Hire anyone that will truly carry on the momentum of what is going on. I really don’t care.

But don’t try to bullshit me and say Kevin Murphy is that guy. Come on. You read the blogs, just like I do. The names of the “preferred replacements” are out there. Lowell thrives on whispers. But now the whisperers comment on blogs. Trust no one.

The hamfisted haters that do their best to use our City to butter their bread are good at being against something. They may even be cohesive enough to get rid of a few “rubber stamps” on the Council. But it is easy to be against something. Wait until it comes time to set up Bernie’s successor. Then their fellowship will splinter from mistrust and clan allegiance.

Remember the level playing field, oh ye of olde Lowell. You just may find yourself wishing for what we have now.

See you at the next kickoff. I’ll be there.

20 Responses to “Bernie has GOT to go!”

  1. joe from Lowell Says:

    Hey, I thought we were the effete ones with our pinkies in the air!

    I just don’t see how anyone can argue with the job the CM has done. In the middle of the deepest recession in a lifetime, he stabilized the city’s finances and improved our credit rating. That’s incredible.

    Steady as she goes.

  2. Jack Says:

    Oh Joe,
    Bernie’s tenure will be likened to a “fattening of the calf.”

  3. Prince Charming Says:

    Bernie’s “Use by” date has already expired. Read the tea leaves in the paper over the last few weeks and know that the end is near.

  4. Jack Says:

    Ya, The Sun.

    Maybe government has become so professional that we have lost the human touch that defines a community.

    They are a bucket of nuance over there.

  5. Lynne Says:

    Yeah, and the Sun is SOOO influentual these days. Not.

    I don’t think they get to dictate the tea leaves any more. Sorry, Jimmie et al. You’re not so big fish as you think you are.

    The consistent revival of the last gasp of the GOBs really is getting old.

  6. Fran McDougall Says:

    The Sun editorial board spent two hours interviewing the infamous Roland VanLiew. Do you think that they might convince an anti Bernie candidate to contribute his PR ways to their campaign?

  7. Jack Says:

    Interesting. This morning, Bill Taupier was talking up the merits of a strong mayor.

  8. Tim Little Says:

    Interesting. This morning, Bill Taupier was talking up the merits of a strong mayor.

    Like Lantigua? :D

  9. no more union looting Says:

    you are a blowhard and a fool and no one cares what you think

    and I’m not “bullshitting” you

    Diarist Note: nmul, you are a troll. I’m letting this comment stand, as it is directed at me. However, do not get comfy with the idea of commenting on any diary I pen. More often than not, your comments will be removed. To clearify, my decision to censure the garbage you spill is not arbitrary. It is you and you alone, as you chose to remain anonymous. There are many comments here that I would prefer not to give oxygen to. Some comments by Mike Hayden come to mind. But, Mike stands by what he says. That alone deserves a certain amount of respect. You are no Mike Hayden. And please remember, the internet is a big place.

  10. migey Says:

    The party is over, it’s time for Bernie, Adam, and while we are at it sent Kevin Broderick on their way!!!

    I agree that Lowell has progressed, but is that because of State and Federal money?? That comes from our State and Federal Legislators. Even a blind squirrel gets a nut.

  11. Huh Says:

    “I agree that Lowell has progressed, but is that because of State and Federal money?? That comes from our State and Federal Legislators. Even a blind squirrel gets a nut.”


    Am I missing something? State and Federal money has been cut over the past four years. What are you talking about? Are you so blinded by your dislike of honest government?

  12. no more union looting Says:

    Comment Deleted by Jack

    It was a fairly witty pushback, leveled at me. My feelings are stinging, as I type. Off to sulk, now

  13. Jack Says:


  14. Jack Says:
  15. Jack Says:

    Looks like the State tap was shut off in 2002, until Lowell burned through its free cash. Then the spigot came back on, drip-drip.

    Data is data. But we can haggle the politcal ramifications, if you like?

  16. joe from Lowell Says:

    “migey Says:
    May 31st, 2011 at 8:49 am
    The party is over, it’s time for Bernie, Adam, and while we are at it sent Kevin Broderick on their way!!!”

    I’ve got the perfect bumper sticker for your movement: “I’m For Croox!”

  17. Huh Says:

    Looks like state aid was cut in 2002 or 2003 and then went back up in 2007 but the free cash all went by 2006. And a lot more free cash went than state aid was lost. The big state aid cut looks like 2009 and 2010.

  18. SpindleSister Says:

    How much of this presentation is marketing hype vs reality? You just have to wonder, especially if it is all internally generated material, vs externally (audited) generated material.

  19. Jack Says:

    The slides are reality based upon figures printed in the public record.

    If you watched last night’s City Council meeting, you would know the City Manager is under the microscope of an election year. The slides above were presented to the Council. Were they challenged? No.

  20. waittilnextyr Says:

    The chart on reserves show a significant decline from 2003 through 2006, and then a slow rebuilding since that time. The fiscal policy adopted by the current council sets a minimum goal of 5% of the budget for reserves, or about $15M. We are not there yet.

    The earlier decline could be laid at the feet of former manager Cox, but as I remember it was Councilor Elliott that led the charge to use a significant amount of reserves to lower the property tax rate. A nice gesture, but one that plays more to the electorate than the best interests of the City.

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