By: Diane Benjamin
Renner was on WGLT earlier this month talking about the Council changes that will happen next year since two alderman have announced they aren’t running for re-election. The story says nothing about his comments, you have to listen to the 4 minute interview:
Tari is actively recruiting, grooming and supporting candidates who agree with his progressive agenda – his words.
I would expect him to do this and it wouldn’t be a problem if local voting mattered to citizens. The vast majority don’t even know an election will happen next April, 80% won’t matter to show up. It is incredibly easy for Tari to get his people elected in Bloomington. Obviously the local media doesn’t reach the majority of citizens.
He does mention Georgene Chissell is his pick to replace David Sage. She announced her candidacy before Sage announced he wasn’t running, so Tari obviously targeted the Ward 2 seat. Georgene proves local elections aren’t non-partisan since she has being a Democrat precinct committeeman on her resume.
Tari’s progressive agenda (socialism, government control of the economy, whatever you want to call it) will continue to destroy Bloomington. Any candidate who calls themselves a “progressive” needs to be asked what they are progressing to. They won’t have an answer because their version of progress is just spending money because they believe it stimulates the economy. See the Coliseum, BCPA, Library expansion, never used fire station, and on and on to see what progress looks like. It doesn’t matter if any of their progress is successful – they use made up economic impact numbers to justify their actions.
In Tari’s short tenure he has increased the budget more than $40 million. That is money citizens did not get to spend where they wanted to spend it. That spending was passed by Tari’s hand-picked candidates from the last two elections. Bloomington’s decline will continue if Tari’s gets his bobbleheads as he has in the past. The alderman will not represent the citizens in their Wards, they will represent Tari.
So far only one candidate has announced that Tari does not want to see on the Council – Donna Boelen. If others don’t come forward to run, more tax increases will be coming. Being progressive takes big bucks. Your bucks.