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Jan 09 2013

Harrisburg Is Sinking

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Welcome to Harrisburg.

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania demonstrates the future we have to look forward to if we allow the looting spree by our bureaucratic liberal overlords to continue.

Harrisburg’s water and sewer system is falling apart. Consequently,

A second sinkhole on Fourth Street near Maclay Street in Harrisburg collapsed at around 11 [New Year's] night, hours after a morning sinkhole trapped a garbage truck and led to a boil-water advisory, spokesman Robert Philbin said in a press release.

The newer sinkhole resulted in the loss of water, gas and sewer services…

Although bureaucrats admit that there are “sinkholes all over the city,” they haven’t determined how many. They are probably too busy counting their money to find out.

Where does this money come from in a town that has been spent to the brink of financial collapse? Simple — the bureaucrats plan to loot the water and sewer fund for their own payroll:

City Council voted Tuesday night to offset a “temporary cash flow issue” with as much as $4 million from the city’s water and sewer fund.

The very fund that pays for maintaining the sewer and water lines.

The very deteriorating pipes that are contributing to more than 40 sinkholes in Harrisburg — and the two recent large sinkholes on North Fourth Street.

Venezuela, which under socialist tyrant Hugo Chavez has leadership very similar to what we have chosen in the USA, suffers similar problems for similar reasons.

Mayor Linda Thompson says Harrisburg will be out of debt by 2014. Similarly, Comrade Obama followed a massive “stimulus” porkfest by promising to cut the deficit in half by 2013. Since then the federal deficit has topped a staggering and obviously unsustainable $1 trillion every year.

By taking upon themselves duties far beyond their purview, authorities from the local to the nation level have become incapable of meeting their basic responsibilities. Government can either be about defending borders from incursion and maintaining sewer lines, or it can be about redistributing wealth and making paper-pushing regulators rich and powerful — not both.

It is no metaphor to say that allowing statist bureaucrats to run wild is causing America to collapse.

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At least Linda Thompson is still getting her paycheck.

On tips from Matthew B.

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  • Mickey Shea

    Typical of a black run America. (BRA)

  • A. Levy
  • metprof

    Could have knocked me over with a feather when I saw her skin color……

  • modd kenwood

    is there any city in America run by “African-Americans” that’s successful? thus the answer as to why America has gone completely to sh*t since “the Magic Negro” took over

  • Dr. 9

    allowing statist bureaucrats to run wild is causing America to collapse...”

    A complete collpase is exactly what’s needed. It will take that, and perhaps more, to make the American sheeple wake-up and realize what they, and their elected lying crooks, are doing to this country. Generally speaking, the sheeple have a history of needing to learn things the hard way. And the next four years will be the hardest (and most expensive) lesson they’ve ever learned, assuming they are still capable of learning anything.

  • Bo-Jangles

    modd, here in NY, almost every black public official is either on their way to prison, or under indictment. Allowing them to attain positions of power and authority is just another form of welfare.

  • Kevin R.

    Me thinks the trolls are employing new tactics.

  • Mr Evilwrench

    The inevitable consequences of putting them in charge of anything are corruption and incompetence. Detoilet, Harrisburg, Zimbabwe, pick your poison.

  • Jimbo

    When social engineers take charge from civil engineers, shit happens. Literally. And the dumb sons-a-bitches in charge don’t care. As we know, liberals have a thing for feces.

    Liberals are too STUPID to understand infrastructure.

  • wth

    Is that one of Shawty Lo’s wives?

  • whotothewhat

    When the SHTF citizen courts should be formed in order to have bureaucrats and politicians answer for there crimes.

    Oh yeah that’s why they want to disarm us first. They know what could happen to them when they whole country falls into a sinkhole.

  • Ghost of FA Hayek

    To be fair to this latest looting mayoral moonbat, she had a LOT of help
    http://www.city-journal.org/2010/20_4_snd-harrisburg-pa.html

    Harrisburg’s debt crisis stems from a long borrowing spree by its recently retired mayor, Stephen Reed, who governed the city for 28 years. Long before the incinerator debacle, Reed borrowed liberally to invest in projects that the private sector wouldn’t finance on its own: building parking garages downtown; constructing and later renovating a baseball stadium; and then buying the minor-league baseball team, the Harrisburg Senators, that played there after it threatened to bolt town. As the local newspaper, the Patriot-News, put it when Reed retired, he “never met a bond deal he didn’t like.”

    Over the last decade, Reed began to spend borrowed cash in ever-riskier ways. In 2003, the Patriot-News discovered that he had used public debt to buy nearly $5 million in American historical artifacts, including a $125,000 pistol once owned by Doc Holliday, in anticipation of opening a Wild West museum in Harrisburg. Neither the museum nor the purchases had city council approval.

    The dead giveaway of his party status is not in all the borrowing and spending, rather it’s in the 28 years the sheeple of Harrisberg gave him to transform it into the Lost city of Atlantis.

  • forest

    Yeah, the incinerator was mostly Reed’s doing ( and the Wild West Museum and the Civil War museum), but then again Thompson was on council for 8 or 9 years prior to becoming mayor – voting for much of the madness along the way. Like Obama, she likes to pretend she “inherited” all the problems and had nothing to do with them.

    Either way, the bills have come due and the city is literally falling apart thanks to years of progressive idiots.

  • Doug

    CAPTION: “How highs dos I thinks Whitey should be jumpin’ whens I ax him to jumps?”

  • coregis

    This screwup has nothing to do with race. It is prevalent all over the US, whether in cities or in outlying townships, that if you can’t see it, it (infrastructure) doesn’t exist. Until it breaks. I live outside of Harrisburg, work in the city, and have spent 20 years in local government. This situation has has more to do with the psychology of elected officials than it does with their color. That being said, I see the issue more in democrat-bastions than I do in municipalities that have some swing to their voting patterns.

  • Jodie

    wth says:
    January 9, 2013 at 10:26 am

    “Is that one of Shawty Lo’s wives?”

    As a matter of fact, it is. She is the one he calls, “Paycheck Momma”.

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