Jan 7, 2010

The County Fool

In his article on the Southeast Texas Political Review, Scared, Philip R. Klein writes:
There is only one candidate for the Jefferson County Judges office. And that is Jeff Branick. He is the hand picked successor to the biggest power house consortium called the Walker Clan.
Klein previously enumerated three other candiates that Jeff would face in the race:
Two sources confirm that they have received direct confirmation that attorney Jeff Branick will run for the seat when it comes up.....Nick Lampson, Bo Alfred and a dark horse blast from the past that has asked us not to use their name at this time. That name may be a GOPER.
Philip further claimed that Nick Lampson and Jeff Branick would debate:
"He can have his day in the media. We will have our day," says one source to the Review this afternoon. "Nick will get his day also. And then we can debate the issues," said the source.
Klein even claimed on several occasions that Judge Walker would leave office before the end of his term, according to his bizarre nation of "conventional wisdom:"
Well - the conventional wisdom of the power structure in Jefferson County is that when Walker steps down, his number 2 and now candidate for Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick would be the shoe in for the replacement - or at least someone that would be in retirement or headed that way would take over and let the two candidates - Branick and former congressman Nick Lampson fight it out and take over at the end of the term.
As if anyone in the power structure of Jefferson County would confide in Philip R. Klein. The misinformed misanthrope also hinted that Mark Domingue would run:
Commissioner Mark Domingue keeps his silence on if he will run for his commissioner seat like he says he will - or will he take the plunge and challenge Judge Ron Walkers hand picked man?
After Klein's doublethink, he claims to offer "you the reader the true facts of what Jefferson County is facing:"
Jefferson County has one of the highest per capita spending rates per person in Texas. Meaning - the county government spends more many than almost any county in Texas per person. The spending has hit $130 million and maybe more...The signs are there that a collapse is coming.
Meaning - Philip apparently doesn't know what per capita spending is.  A reference to "per capita spending rates per person" is redundant, meaning - Klein is an idiot.

To find per capita spending, divide the total budget by the population.  Since data for 2009 hasn't been compiled yet, these figures are for 2008.  Jefferson County is number 151 in per capita spending:



County
Budget
Population
Per Capita Spending
Denton
$1,149,512,593
20,265
$56,724.04
Maverick
$256,367,745
4,881
$52,523.61
McLennan
$853,495,980
36,862
$23,153.82
King
$7,005,252
355
$19,733.10
El Paso
$2,848,364,813
144,391
$19,726.75
Martin
$16,731,211
859
$19,477.54
Edwards
$24,662,922
1,876
$13,146.55
Lamar
$175,407,299
14,262
$12,298.93
Lampasas
$71,479,243
5,921
$12,072.16
Matagorda
$127,621,369
10,621
$12,015.95
Terrell
$11,692,269
1,005
$11,634.10
Deaf Smith
$55,243,295
5,383
$10,262.55
McCulloch
$35,440,766
3,676
$9,641.12
Foard
$13,908,062
1,454
$9,565.38
Oldham
$20,797,583
2,180
$9,540.18
Real
$31,424,806
3,294
$9,540.01
Baylor
$36,975,769
4,045
$9,141.10
Concho
$29,666,069
3,716
$7,983.33
Madison
$60,838,430
8,177
$7,440.19
Travis
$7,080,097,691
956,901
$7,398.99
Motley
$10,802,766
1,465
$7,373.90
Wilbarger
$105,179,335
14,558
$7,224.85
Dimmit
$68,316,168
9,855
$6,932.13
Briscoe
$10,776,741
1,577
$6,833.70
Brazos
$1,110,265,675
169,958
$6,532.59
Hardeman
$27,720,765
4,352
$6,369.66
Armstrong
$13,527,622
2,188
$6,182.64
Duval
$74,912,553
12,275
$6,102.86
Stonewall
$8,893,535
1,460
$6,091.46
Walker
$389,740,026
64,239
$6,067.03
Cottle
$9,819,498
1,647
$5,962.05
Dallam
$37,099,730
6,247
$5,938.81
Childress
$45,449,505
7,696
$5,905.60
Brooks
$44,897,935
7,695
$5,834.69
Throckmorton
$10,290,656
1,776
$5,794.29
Brewster
$53,288,748
9,270
$5,748.52
Limestone
$126,500,259
22,097
$5,724.77
Starr
$347,717,299
62,665
$5,548.83
Nolan
$80,369,472
14,491
$5,546.16
Uvalde
$142,666,031
25,776
$5,534.84
Bee
$181,787,194
33,041
$5,501.87
San Saba
$32,979,791
6,062
$5,440.41
Jasper
$190,581,439
35,414
$5,381.53
Willacy
$112,050,115
21,037
$5,326.34
Zavala
$63,186,127
11,967
$5,280.03
Falls
$93,222,739
17,807
$5,235.17
Shackelford
$17,772,060
3,406
$5,217.87
Kent
$4,226,939
816
$5,180.07
Carson
$33,045,797
6,399
$5,164.21
Frio
$83,311,931
16,406
$5,078.14
Presidio
$41,092,431
8,101
$5,072.51
Houston
$119,056,751
23,558
$5,053.77
Trinity
$72,214,459
14,340
$5,035.88
Lubbock
$1,324,806,255
263,675
$5,024.39
Angelina
$412,146,196
82,903
$4,971.43
Robertson
$78,747,450
15,992
$4,924.18
Hall
$17,445,269
3,544
$4,922.48
Goliad
$35,815,688
7,286
$4,915.69
Hidalgo
$3,546,187,260
725,978
$4,884.70
Live Oak
$59,008,113
12,108
$4,873.48
Wheeler
$24,380,684
5,007
$4,869.32
Mills
$25,312,612
5,213
$4,855.67
Floyd
$35,044,589
7,248
$4,835.07
Knox
$18,024,307
3,797
$4,746.99
Collingsworth
$14,445,058
3,059
$4,722.15
Kimble
$21,862,611
4,666
$4,685.51
Webb
$1,117,531,841
239,992
$4,656.54
Cameron
$1,822,072,707
391,857
$4,649.84
Terry
$56,197,532
12,140
$4,629.12
Lavaca
$90,100,580
19,504
$4,619.59
Donley
$18,494,630
4,006
$4,616.73
Culberson
$11,494,192
2,519
$4,563.00
Howard
$147,430,703
32,583
$4,524.77
Eastland
$82,358,251
18,253
$4,512.04
Dawson
$62,013,107
13,929
$4,452.09
Dallas
$10,489,754,412
2,377,477
$4,412.14
Kleberg
$133,781,159
30,355
$4,407.22
Kenedy
$1,545,973
351
$4,404.48
Coleman
$37,780,999
8,597
$4,394.67
Dickens
$11,579,055
2,656
$4,359.58
Taylor
$559,723,006
128,413
$4,358.77
Runnels
$46,668,594
10,758
$4,338.04
Cherokee
$212,026,117
49,079
$4,320.10
Wharton
$181,478,966
42,262
$4,294.14
Erath
$152,146,870
35,581
$4,276.07
Potter
$520,368,545
121,743
$4,274.32
Haskell
$23,773,389
5,565
$4,271.95
Kinney
$13,998,489
3,280
$4,267.83
Navarro
$209,988,443
49,207
$4,267.45
Brown
$163,141,784
38,706
$4,214.90
Crockett
$18,087,904
4,292
$4,214.33
Gonzales
$80,515,108
19,174
$4,199.18
Bastrop
$304,367,524
72,620
$4,191.24
Karnes
$64,743,270
15,461
$4,187.52
Caldwell
$149,490,923
35,843
$4,170.71
Anderson
$235,164,424
56,396
$4,169.88
Cass
$127,212,286
30,515
$4,168.84
Nueces
$1,336,102,272
320,558
$4,168.05
Coke
$15,567,998
3,777
$4,121.79
Mitchell
$38,989,537
9,482
$4,111.95
Pecos
$67,795,044
16,495
$4,110.04
Hill
$144,572,788
35,315
$4,093.81
Refugio
$30,193,687
7,386
$4,087.96
Loving
$253,254
62
$4,084.74
Hays
$579,650,386
142,310
$4,073.15
Nacogdoches
$254,296,921
62,671
$4,057.65
Jim Hogg
$20,527,987
5,078
$4,042.53
Bowie
$376,846,392
93,295
$4,039.30
Crosby
$25,777,209
6,391
$4,033.36
Hockley
$89,379,857
22,210
$4,024.31
Menard
$9,440,692
2,349
$4,019.03
Washington
$130,796,832
32,767
$3,991.72
Burleson
$72,177,757
18,167
$3,973.01
Atascosa
$172,275,132
43,412
$3,968.38
Swisher
$31,738,500
8,007
$3,963.84
Hopkins
$134,911,602
34,111
$3,955.08
Tyler
$83,696,179
21,168
$3,953.90
Borden
$2,743,386
696
$3,941.65
Castro
$29,725,342
7,544
$3,940.26
Red River
$53,758,045
13,678
$3,930.26
Jim Wells
$161,279,539
41,335
$3,901.77
Lynn
$23,186,835
5,943
$3,901.54
Tom Green
$401,136,443
103,040
$3,893.02
Medina
$170,855,956
44,107
$3,873.67
Freestone
$76,035,716
19,643
$3,870.88
Sterling
$4,608,238
1,192
$3,865.97
Val Verde
$183,633,934
47,863
$3,836.66
Leon
$61,308,241
16,033
$3,823.88
Fisher
$15,765,720
4,151
$3,798.05
Palo Pinto
$106,103,830
27,960
$3,794.84
Milam
$96,101,647
25,468
$3,773.43
San Patricio
$260,214,717
69,201
$3,760.27
Gregg
$443,155,991
118,341
$3,744.74
Zapata
$52,958,638
14,200
$3,729.48
Shelby
$95,497,367
25,715
$3,713.68
Jack
$32,804,294
8,837
$3,712.15
Grimes
$92,299,491
24,884
$3,709.19
De Witt
$69,204,663
18,695
$3,701.77
San Augustine
$33,866,683
9,155
$3,699.26
Cochran
$12,749,951
3,454
$3,691.36
Scurry
$60,285,760
16,362
$3,684.50
Sabine
$38,092,898
10,377
$3,670.90
Hamilton
$31,137,300
8,523
$3,653.33
Titus
$110,474,221
30,531
$3,618.43
Bailey
$22,220,079
6,153
$3,611.26
Reeves
$41,293,265
11,440
$3,609.55
Callahan
$49,343,885
13,880
$3,555.03
Williamson
$1,349,529,604
381,461
$3,537.79
Hale
$124,033,079
35,326
$3,511.10
Jefferson
$863,346,047
245,904
$3,510.91



The only collapse is Klein's credibility. Is this an example of his s ignorance, or a reckless disregard for the truth?

2 comments :

Anonymous said...

Come on, give old Phil a break. He shouldn't have to do math to make a political statement.
And that per capita/per person thing? Just a slip up.
One of many thousands.

Anonymous said...

Oh Gus, it's so refreshing that you're here to inject some reality into PRK's la-la bullshit!

The sad thing is, Klein actually is pretty involved with the Republican Party in local politics this year, with a lot of influence with the party leaders. I hope they're not looking forward to a good year and I REALLY hope they're not paying him as a consultant!!