Aug 17, 2008

Media Shocker

In his latest article on the Southeast Texas Political Review, Philip R. Klein typically misses the  entire point of an excellent editorial in the Sunday edition of the Beaumont Enterprise. Take a few moments and read the editorial here.

Lower-ranking county employees might deserve raises, but not their supervisors. Virtually no administrators in the private sector enjoy raises of 13-15 percent in two years. If they do, it's for outstanding performance. Last year, at least, County Judge Ron Walker didn't accept any raise. County Clerk Carolyn Guidry also took the 7 percent granted to lower-ranking employees instead of the 9 percent given to all elected officials.

Not to be outdone by an excellent argument in the Beaumont Enterprise, Philip invents his own facts and again wanders from subject to subject like a drunken private eye on a high-speed chase.

Consider this statement:

Folks - you have watched five men take a budget of 76 million and increase it almost 40 million dollars in just five years.

As I've previously pointed out, here are the real numbers:

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

Astute readers will notice that Philip claims that the budget has increased "almost 40 million dollars in just five years."  Compare this with his statement 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.

So, which is it, Philip: 40 percent or $40 million over the past five years? Klein is so inept and confused that he doesn't know the difference between percentage points and actual figures. 

Philip also conveniently failed to mention that Judge Carl Griffith, not Judge Ron Walker, led the budget process in four of the past five budgets. Judge Walker has only overseen one annual budget, 2007- 2008.  See for yourself here.

The Beaumont Enterprise made an excellent argument against pay raises for elected officials, but unfortunately Philip missed the point with his manufactured hysteria.

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