By: Diane Benjamin
Public comment last night was loaded with those who think they are entitled to tax dollars. Yes people have lost jobs and yes paying bills is next to impossible, but that doesn’t make them entitled to anything. The good socialists showed up en masse to criticize the FIVE Council members who voted against holding a Council discussion without facts. It was a coordinated group:
Jon Reed (the one above) spoke at 1:04:55. He has spoken previously at meetings about his basement flooding after work was done in his neighborhood YEARS ago. He stated he had 30 inches of rain in his basement last weekend. The City did have a company work on repairs, he will find out the next time it rains if repairs worked. His main point was the City doesn’t know where the sewers are.
Last night this guy who was not allowed to speak because he didn’t follow the call in procedures, posted this:
Socialist Garcia is spewing misinformation for political gain. People turn to socialism because they don’t want to take care of themselves. They want government to hand them cash instead. Yes, times are tough. Times are tough for a lot of people. Misinformation doesn’t nothing to help.
One more from Facebook last night. May 1st there will be rallies in both Chicago and Springfield. Robert Garcia thinks the people of Illinois who don’t want a government babysitter are fascists. He must not really care about people losing their businesses and those who can’t pay their bills. The cure is getting people safely back to work. The “Re-open” people will have American flags. Will Garcia’s buds wave socialist flags? This could get interesting! Garcia is a local realtor. Capitalism alludes him.
The meeting was way too long. A Township report was heard before the 6:00 meeting. Townships have lots of laws to comply with on handing out money. They would obviously be the worst place to put money if the Council decides they want to redistribute wealth.
If you own a business:
Patrick Hoban of the EDC and Camille Rodriguez, McLean County Administrator spoke about help for McLean County businesses. Business owners need to go here ASAP and complete an application:
The Council also heard extensive reports from PATH and the United Way. The Council members heard what they wanted to hear. Those who want government to write checks still do. Those who need facts didn’t get a list of people and estimates of the cost. One public speaker claimed there are thousands of people who can’t pay their rent. Is that what the socialists want money for?
The City of Bloomington is maintaining an extensive list of places to get help: https://www.cityblm.org/government/advanced-components/covid-19-microsite
The situation changes weekly, it will continue to change the longer people are not allowed to work. United Way is collaborating efforts with numerous groups to get needs met. They are feeding many people.
WGLT has a quote in their story about the meeting that sums up the problem: https://www.wglt.org/#stream/0
This speaker has a twisted view of government:
Matt was never taught about America. We are the most charitable country on the planet. That charity doesn’t come from government, it comes from Americans.
Life isn’t easy. Landlords don’t want to throw people out. Talk to your landlord. I know some who have forgiven rent. If you are a good tenant I’m sure landlords are willing to work with you. The socialist Council members will continue to demand cash. What happens now will reveal the true ideology some have been trying to hide.