by: Diane Benjamin
Did you know Mayor Tari Renner used to be the Director of Research for the International City/County Management Association? (3/17/13 Pantagraph)
What is the ICMA? It’s the same group I filed an ethics complaint with against Normal City Manager Mark Peterson – IN NOVEMBER. http://blnnews.com/2013/11/20/more-on-normal-city-manager-mark-peterson/
The ICMA has yet to make a decision on my complaint. Their Code of Ethics is very clear, but this appears to be a case of an organization with policies they don’t enforce. More leftist propaganda. How do I know they are left-wing? From their website: http://icma.org/en/icma/about/organization_overview
ICMA is the premier organization of professional local government leaders building sustainable communities to improve lives worldwide.
Sustainable communities means they have swallowed the global warming-global cooling-climate change hoax. Just today I heard a news report that Europe is now abandoning “Sustainable” because they realize it was based on lies. America charges forward though.
There are numerous problems with this organization, chief among them is ICMA will be on the agenda Tuesday night during the Committee of the Whole meeting of the Bloomington City Council. Here is a link to the packet: http://cityblm.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=6203
I mentioned in a post earlier today that Renner and Hales are throwing items at the Council non-stop. This is another one. ICMA thinks it can help members better manage their communities. Fine, except their plan is to compare your city to cities around the country and even around the globe. Then local government is urged to promote policies (and spending) to more closely align every city with every other city.
Anti-American is an understatement!
What made America a great county? What made other countries look to America for leadership? Why are many countries adopting more capitalistic policies? Because pure capitalism works. (America has been losing it for decades, but that’s another post) Capitalism works because of competition. Companies offering a product consumers need and can afford will succeed. The others will fail. Competition makes everybody better, more innovative, and more productive.
ICMA isn’t about competition between cities – it’s about conformity. Conformity means mediocre.
Renner and Hales will want the City to adopt their program. Bloomington doesn’t need any more mediocrity!
The citizens of Bloomington need to look at the links and speak up! It will soon be too late to save the City from massive debt as they enact “best practices” – a term meaning anything they want it to mean to accomplish their goals.
One more note from the packet:
This is on page 38. They serve over 100 of the most PROGRESSIVE cities and countries in the US and Canada!?! Did you know Bloomington was progressive? What exactly if progressive? The short version is leaders attempting to create their version of Utopia by any means necessary, the ends justify the means. Mayor Renner has already been caught in lies, so this label more than applies. Look at Normal, Chicago, Detroit – Bloomington’s future!
I moved to this area in 1980. Bloomington-Normal was small, Route 51 was a two lane road. There was only 1 mall, nothing was east of Veterans Parkway. McLean County was a conservative bastion, so much so that Democrats ran as Republicans because they could never get elected otherwise. I’m not sure we know what a real Republican is anymore, there aren’t many examples.
The area began to change when Diamond Star (Mitsubishi) was built. Then State Farm transferred a lot of west coast liberals here.
Local government is so far unwilling to admit the growth is over. College enrollment is down, State Farm is transferring people out, the latest new industry choose to build in Lexington instead of Bloomington. Illinois is last or almost last in every survey of economic success and fiscal management.
It’s too late for Normal, I hope they enjoy their real estate tax increase. The Bloomington City Council is not going to put the brakes on spending unless the citizens demand it! The meeting tomorrow is at 5:30 in the Council Chambers. If you aren’t there, they will assume it doesn’t matter. At least email the Council: [email protected]