Sep 23, 2009

Slim Shady

In Philip R. Klein's latest article on the Southeast Texas Political Review, he defines the role of treasurer in county government:
Meaning? They are the banking dude for the county.
Philip's simplistic paraphrase and signature grammatical train wreck provides insight into his frequent claims of being a popular speaker at local schools.

I hope PRK doesn't deceive students with fraudulent attributions, since this item actually came from the Texas Association of Counties website, not the "council of government" as Philip claims. A better description is found in the Title 3, Subtitle B, Chapter 83 of the Texas Local Government Code.

I also hope he's not quoting figures to the students about county finances:

"Well, the average price of property and taxable items has gone through the roof. To the tune of anywhere between 23% to 63% according the Jefferson County Appraisal District."

I couldn't find those figures anywhere on the JCAD's website, but I did determine that this year's certified tax roll shows net taxable property values of $18.6 billion, which is roughly a 12 percent increase from last year's $16.5 billion. That final figure dropped by 4 percent after protest hearings.
The rest of the article is a laundry list of Philip's dead horses, the "same old think, over and over and over again."

Fat Phil's copyrighted name-calling in the absence of a real point:
...an offspring of the gang of seven...

...Patrick "Slim Shady" Swain...

...Georgine Guillory - who is a power broker want-to-be...
A liberal dose of mudslinging:
He helped Patrick "Slim Shady" Swain architect the lie perpetrated to the taxpayers and citizens of Jefferson County Texas. And memories are really fresh right now when you walk onto the property of the courthouse. As they (the commissioners) have built a mote to protect their beloved courthouse, have created a navy, have created an air force, have created a huge airport nobody uses, have created layers and layers of government, huge buildings (Ford Park) and given everyone raises at 3 times the inflation rate (remember there was no inflation this last year) - well they need an insider in case they get called on by someone smart in the media....uh....well....
Philip meant "moat," not "mote." I'm not sure which lie he's referencing, since the rest of his sophomoric gibberish is hopelessly muddled.

Air patrols: See here and here.

Courthouse security: See here, here, here, here, and here, among others.

Ford Park: Carl Griffith was the Father of Ford Park, not Patrick Swain, whose opposition became a source of irritation during Judge Griffith's final term in office. After Judge Griffith lost his reelection bid, Philip nursed a grudge against Judge Walker and Patrick Swain. Klein has stated on several occasions that he doesn't endorse political candidates, but if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck:
Carl R. Griffith Jr. - Oh boy. Here is our man...The leader of all leaders (and we are serious about that). The guy has his ticket written and the media loves him.
River patrols: See here, here, here, here, here, here, and here, among others.

Jefferson County employee raises: Philip distorted the facts, since Jefferson County Commissioners approved those raises in August 2008, months before the recession occurred. From the Beaumont Enterprise, August 18, 2008:
During Monday's budget hearing Jefferson County commissioners agreed to budget a 6 percent raise for all non-union county employees for the next fiscal year.

Commissioners consulted the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics' numbers, which indicated the country's consumer price index rose 5.65 percent from June 2007 to June 2008. The index measures the average price of goods and services and is used to gauge inflation.
For previous articles on Jefferson County employee salaries, see here, here, here, and here.

Bottom line: Keith Hawkes has not officially announced his candidacy, so Klein's rhetoric, mud-slinging, name-calling and demogogery are premature.

7 comments :

Anonymous said...

Phil Klein ran out of things to say oh, about 1998 or so.

Anonymous said...

Klein never had anything to say.

Anonymous said...

I think he's funnier than Larry the Cable Guy.

Anonymous said...

What makes Klein so funny is that he expects people to take him seriously. Like he has a sliver of credibility. What a joke.

Matthew 7:3-4 said...

And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?

Anonymous said...

I'd be happy if he just pulled his head out of his ass.

Anonymous said...

Phil calling someone a want-to-be (wannabe?) . . . as the pot said to the kettle . . .