Democrats elected and appointed to government positions in Charlottesville are known for being corrupt. That is no surprise to any astute political observer.
Democrats elected and appointed to government positions in Charlottesville are known for using public funds and resources surreptitiously to “buy” votes or curry political favor. To the recipients of such bounty, especially, that is no surprise.
But when then-candidate and now City Councilor Kristin Szakos (aka the Moat Monster), during her 2009 campaign, brazenly stated intent to bribe Charlottesville citizens with free community pizza parties—replete with complementary “day care” and other enticing giveaways—that was a surprise.
That’s why I propose to hold City Council meetings at elementary schools and other locations around the city, serving pizza and providing childcare so that residents know their voices are valued.
Fast-forward two years, and Szakos’ campaign promise to bring free food to the masses (under the guise of community discussions) is in full swing, with four meetings now under council’s belt and several to go.
But, although the meal was “on the house,” the convocations have not been free, or even cheap. Following is a to-date list of city-sponsored town hall “banquets” along with the food expense for each (does not include staff time, planning costs, etc.). Click dollar amounts to see actual invoices:
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With another six assemblies planned and an average expenditure of $522 per party, the city (i.e. taxpayers) will have spent over $5,200 in realizing Szakos’ all-you-can-eat, Democrat-vote-buying buffet scheme.
Aside from Kristin’s outrageous abuse of Charlottesville taxpayers for her own political purposes, another problem exists in the execution of the Szakos plan. The most recent chosen caterer, Blue Ridge Cafe (a fine establishment), is located in Ruckersville (Greene County)!
So, while Charlottesville restaurants literally struggle to survive, City Hall Democrats are unnecessarily re-directing substantial business outside of the city and into neighboring counties? All of this from a city government that promotes “Buy Local C-ville” on its own web site?
Yes, and yes.
Kristin Szakos’ free pizza parties are patently ridiculous when observed at face value, but for City Hall to discretionarily funnel Charlottesville taxpayer money out of the city when city-based purchasing alternatives exist is an assault on taxpayers and a “body slam” on “local” restaurateurs and caterers.
The next time you hear big government compelling you to “buy local,” feel free to ignore the “advice” and make purchases wherever it suits you—Charlottesville City government certainly does.
And the next time you hear a Marxist politician offering you “free” food, remember two things: 1) government “offers” always arrive with strings attached; and 2) there’s no such thing as, nor has there ever been, a free lunch.