Jul 21, 2008

$122

Philip R. Klein's most recent article on the Southeast Texas Review is more of his "same old think, over and over again,"  although I seriously doubt that the Jefferson County budget would only amount to $122.  He probably meant $122 million.  Note to Philip: that's $122,000,000.

Philip's comments were based upon this article in the Beaumont Enterprise.  Consider his statement:

Here is the plan. They came out with the number $122, then they said that they must subtract some costs to around $114 million. And hold the contingency fund (slush fund or over taxation fund) at $20 million. And what do you get?

Philip is as confused as his rhetoric - compare this statement with his article from June 16, 2008:

The Southeast Texas Political Review has learned from inside sources at the Jefferson County Courthouse the a [sic] preliminary budget that is being floated around may top $140 million dollars [sic].

Oops!  Missed that one (again)!  Darn those inside sources!

I suppose this happens when one doesn't verify before publishing rumor and innuendo.  That is, of course, unless Philip simply manufactured this source.

Typically, Philip suffers from a lack of focus and wanders from issue to issue. Consider this claim from his latest article:

First, for the first two years of the Walker administration spending (hard dollars) has increased over 40%. Yes it has.

No it hasn't. In fact, Philip originally claimed on June 16, 2008:

This would bring over a five year [sic] period a spending budget in excess of a 40% increase over five years. 

As I've already pointed out, all of this is completely wrong:

Here are the real numbers:

  • Approved Expenditures for 2008: $110,247,921
  • Approved Expenditures for 2003: $92,152,538

The increase in Jefferson County's budget over the past five years is only about 19 percent, not 40 percent as Klein claims. 

Now here's the punch line that Philip apparently missed:  Since taking office, County Judge Ron Walker has only presided over one budget for 2007-2008.  The 2006-2007 budget was adopted under County Judge Carl Griffith. See for yourself here. 

Philip can't even read the county budget for himself.

For those readers who are still not convinced that Philip R. Klein has no clue, consider this statement in his latest article:

With the increase in budgets over the last two years - Ford Park could almost be paid off in cash (taxes).

In 2006, Jefferson County's debt service was $79,540,000, readers can do the math for themselves  - don't forget to figure in the interest.

Readers can see how Philip ran six Dairy Queens into the ground.

Philip offers this parting shot:

Now let's talk about bonds.........never mind.

Yes, let's talk about bonds, I seriously doubt whether Philip R. Klein even knows what Jefferson County's Municipal Bond Rating is?

Philip needs to do his homework, so he he can "talk educated" instead of sounding like a complete idiot.

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