Mar 13, 2013

A Monopoly of Policy

Yesterday, petitions from both Democrats and Republicans were due at the voter registration office. Although Allentown is the third largest city in Pennsylvania, and the sole recipient of the largeness called NIZ, only one party is represented at the polls; There are no Republican candidates, either for mayor or city council. It's still possible for an independent to run; The last time that happen was in 2005, with Yours Truly, who now struggles for Allentown with a keyboard and this blog. Regardless of your view of Allentown's policies, nobody can deny that being a one party town is detrimental to good government. Currently, even the fourth estate has been silent for years. With the newspaper property included in the arbitrary NIZ zone, the machine seems to have covered it's bases. Although I and this blog have been called naysayer, presenting an alternative point of view seems more important now than ever.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Rule by one party is far more effective, to speak nothing of efficient.

I contend that the Good Citizenry in the City With No (Spending?) Limits are tired of all the gridlock and want meaningful reform and results from Government.

Furthermore, the Electorate HAS known what they have been voting for and will continue to do so, as well.

Respectfully your Comrade in this Great Patriotic Struggle for Equality,

VLADIMIR LENIN

Anonymous said...

Wayne Woodman wanted it that way. A contested general election in allentown would have driven more democrats to the polls in november, putting Scott Ott's election in question. Something happened in Bethlehem. R's have given up governing.

Bernie O'Hare said...

I am disgusted with the residents of Allentown, who will get the government they richly deserve.

michael molovinsky said...

@8:33, no republican has won an election in allentown long before wayne woodman was involved in local politics. i find myself rejecting more and more comments, for either meagerness of thought, or deliberate misinformation.

Anonymous said...

The GOP in Allentown doesn't exist anymore . A few years back there was a flurry of GOP talk, but no energy to beat the Dems street machine.

Agree, the continued excuse that it's all Woodmans fault is giving him too much credit. Actually you have to assume a combination of apathy and defeatism by the impact of the Obama/media forces.

Things go in cycles. In a few elections maybe the public view of things will change(not hoping too much).Mitt was right, when the voters feel they can continue to get goodies and don't feel like they have to pay, it's a big hurdle to overcome.

Anonymous said...

Why blame the Republicans, who even if they were in the race would have an uphill battle because of the registration numbers?

More telling, or more concerning, should be the small number of democrats stepping up to challenge Pawlowski and those on Council. With everything going wrong in the City, there should be a herd of Democrats lining up to challenge the incumbents.

No Republican or even Democrat challenger can win until a majority of Democrat voters are willing to wake up and admit that the policies of the All-Democrat City Hall have put the city in the hole it's in.

RS said...

Bernie (9:11)
Yes, Allentown will get the government they deserve, but the rest of Pennsylvania and Lehigh County will pay for it via the NIZ and high priced water and sewage.
Best deal in town for Allentown politicians.

Bill said...

Ease up on us Bernie, not all of us Allentonians are against the privatization plan. I hope even more wake up and become more active citizens. I am registered a Dem but cross party lines with some regularity. I actually have done so less often in recent years as there are fewer moderate Republicans than in decades past. I wholeheartedly believe in divided government. I do hope we get some city council members who do not owe allegiance to the administration. Personally, I still think that Bankruptcy may be the best deal on the table for city residents.

ironpigpen said...

It is pretty clear WHO are the extremists in the City With No (Spenidng?) Limits ...

... and it is pretty clear who marches in lock-step.

I thought April Fool's Day was NEXT month, Mr Molovinsky?

ROLF OELER

ALFONSO TODD said...

MM, I'll be honest, I have been getting just as many calls and support from R's as I have from the D's. I believe the problems in Allentown are BIGGER than a political party affiliation and it's going to takes us ALL to work together to get Allentown back on track. Seriously. I know people may prefer someone who was born and bred in the LV or A-town, a little more seasoned, or conservative, to lead or adhere to this call for leadership, but I know I can represent the people and give the access and obtain the answers needed so the residents of the City can begin the process of healing and cooperating with each other again. We can agree to disagree without having the denial of the public's input or not including the residents in the process. There needs to be checks and balances. Period.

Alfonso Todd

www.votealfonsotodd.com

ironpigpen said...

And when I think of "moderate Republicans", Mr. Molovinsky ...

... am I supposed to be thinking of NIZ champion Senator PAT BROWNE and his wife's consulting job ...

... or just the standard "get along to go along type"?

Many thanks in advance,

RO