Everything Old is New Again (My Momma said your Momma).

I love this City.  I love that I bought my house with a mortgage I could afford. I love the beach, the Boardwalk, the rumors. I hate taxes but everyone does. I find things funny that others find at times distasteful. The editiors of seabythecity have informed me that if I want to write about politics I best have back up or Big Brother will kick my ass.  I don’t relish an ass kicking. I found the article linked below in my research.  The names change but the fighting doesn’t.

Reminding me of the old song we’d sing to choose sides for kickball, “My mother and your mother were hanging out the clothes.  My mother punched your mother right in the nose. What color blood came out?”

“Green.” delighted the player whose hand was landed upon.

“G-R-E-E-N.” spelled out the Leader.

Then off the players would scramble to their sides.  Let’s call them Democrats and Republicans. They’d play kickball, eventually someone getting the ball in their crotch and he’d run home to Mommy (not saying what team he played on as each week we would switch).

Archived in The New York Times back in 2003.  Reporter Linda Saslow wrote an article that made one think Long Beach was ready and willing to make the political changes so needed.  I just found it interesting as I look back into our City’s past and realize we haven’t changed too much. Maybe if we had a game of kickball on the beach: LINK: New Year in Long Beach.



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5 thoughts on “Everything Old is New Again (My Momma said your Momma).”

  1. It seems nothing has changed much. The last crew (the heroes of the article) by all appearances ultimately engaged in similar behavior. And the current crew called out the last crew (as the last crew did to the crew before it), yet has engaged in similar behavior (perhaps not as aggressively as the past crew) all the while knowing that our medical and pension and termination payout liability is ar beyond what the residents can or should have to pay for. The employees should care as residents, but their first and foremost concern is to keep their pay and benefits regardless what happens to the City. The current council knows the problem with presicion but is being guided or directed politically as there can be no other reason for their failure to act. THE POWER IS IN THE RESIDENTS. THE CITY GOVERNMENT IS LETTING US DOWN. WE MUST LET THE CITY GOVERNMENT KNOW THE FAILURE TO ACT IS NOT AN OPTION.

  2. I’ve lived in this great place for over 25 years and honestly, it hasn’t changed all that much. There were charges of nepotism (ok, now we call it friends and family) and most were true, there were charges of incompetence with each administration pledged to clean things up and they all started things that looked promising in the beginning, taxes keep going up, citizens keep complaining about the lackluster performance of the police, etc. About the only thing that is new is the fact that the average taxpayer is beginning to ask why we keep paying huge benefits to civil servants when we do not get them in the private sector and can no longer afford them. That practice was put in place when civil servants made considerably less than their privately employed counterpart – before unions got a stranglehold on public finance. I wonder how it will look 25 yers from now.

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