Greece vs Croatia, City vs County
Lately I've been noticing examples of flashy ideology vs plain functionality in government.
The usual "populist" bloggers are breathlessly following Greece's "revolution", which amounts to letting Goldman do what it wants as usual. The usual "populist" bloggers paid no attention at all to Croatia's Jubilee, which ACTUALLY HELPS ACTUAL POOR PEOPLE. Why? Greece's new government consists of prettyboys who like to flash ideological fashion statements. Croatia's government is nationalist and old-fashioned Catholic and rather dull.
The policy-making side of USA STRONG has gone a trillion light years beyond the bounds of insanity. The mechanical parts of the Federal Government continue to serve ordinary people rather well.
Spokane's city government has been taken over by ideological tyrants. This turboleftist majority, working in evil double harness with "Republican" "Mayor" Condon, claims to help the poor, but spends most of its effort silencing the public,
silencing and ejecting the remaining 2 non-crazy councilmen; doubling the destruction
of natural disasters; passing thoughtcrime laws;
and adding more divisions to the EPA Terrorist Army.
Spokane's county government is mechanical and dull. The commissioners don't do anything interesting at all. They just keep things running more or less competently, despite the best efforts of the City lunatics.
Today I got the annual property tax bill from the County, which I'm always happy to pay. While opening the envelope I noticed that the postage meter was not an official county 'frank'; instead it was from something called Master's Touch LLC. This seemed spammish, so I googled to check. Turns out the county sends its printing business to a non-profit run by Union Gospel Mission,
which gives homeless dudes job training.
Quiet. No fanfare, no ideology. Tilling your own plot, minding your own business, getting the damn job done. Helping ACTUAL POOR PEOPLE.