Make way for Executive Director of the United Way of London and Middlesex, Helen Connell:
Since new municipal councils don't take over until January, freshly minted representatives have some time to think through what they want their community to look like at the end of their four-year term.You know what they say in Paraguay -- it takes a poverty pimp to know a curmudgeon (That rhymes in the Paraguayan dialect).
Note the esteem in which Connell holds "visions", above the actual desire of actual non-phantasy humans to flourish by keeping what they earn. These phenomena, "visions", were known in other times and places as illusions, dreams, daydreams, trips, trances, hallucinations, fantasies, and mirages:
A vision is what a community can and should be -- not just for the people who supported you and funded you, not just for your ward constituents, but for the entire community.When I hire a plumber, I want him to fix my pipes. I don't want him to have any vision beyond getting my pipes working as quickly and inexpensively as possible and then going away. I do not want him to bill me for his thoughts on my interior decoration or to add on service fees to establish a plumber's working group on my landscaping situation.
Likewise, the city and its people are not Barbie's Dream Castle waiting for Helen Connell and friends to play house. City government is hired to maintain infrastructure and protective services. It's boring, and it doesn't help anybody feel good about themselves splashing about other people's money, but it's the only thing government can try to do with any chance of benefitting the citizens.
Saturday, November 18, 2006
Posted by Mike on Saturday, November 18, 2006