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Re: “Commission slaps Mathieu's wrist

This whole thing reeks of Little Rock/Arkansas good old boy protectionism. Its always the way it works. A good old boy or their progeny get into a position of influence, publicity and relative power (for Arkansas) and they want to wield it like the legions of good old boys before them. Now its their turn to wheel a little deal here and there, be the toast of the town at a Soiree covered event or two.

They want to be the guy who made some magic of his own in town. And then the rest of them who, by golly, can't begrudge someone the same wheeler dealer joy they've experienced know that this was just a power drunk bad judgment move and want to show them the same forgiveness they'd want if they themselves got caught.

Forget that they knowingly abused a position of trust, that they breached their duty as public servants or that the decision(s) they made are consistent with a pattern of the very behavior that collectively keeps Arkansas from achieving its true potential (we are so good right up until we ruin it for ourselves). And while we're at it, lets also forget that most of these guys are getting a FAT paycheck (of, conveniently, taxpayer dollars) of their own that they could easily have used to make whatever deal they wanted to and still been a legitimate toast of the town. But they were too cheap and blinded by their own self-importance and all those zeros in the budget at work to be bothered with good judgment or taking from their own bottom line.

So they take it out on Joe Taxpayer and then slap him around a bit when he catches wind of it and asks what’s up while the rest of the so called leaders scurry like cockroaches (perhaps throwing out softball "criticism" like we saw from Dailey) to avoid having to engage in any real leadership moment that sees someone actually have to face real consequences.
Solid leadership, Little Rock. Solid.

Posted by BeThoughtful2 on 11/16/2010 at 9:30 AM
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