Aug 30, 2010


The latest posting on the SET Political Review says much about Philip R. Klein, but makes little sense:
This afternoon - commissioners in their tight budgets voted on establishing cable? Yes - cable TV for the county courthouse. And the cost is not what is so bothering - it is the fact that the amount is going to be just over $1,200 a year to taxpayers - but the fact as people are losing jobs - because of mismanagement - the mismanagement continues.
People aren't losing jobs because of mismanagement and Klein has a Time Warner Business Class account like many private businesses. Philip's account is hiding somewhere behind his secret IP addresses.

This myopic comment deserves no serious response if for no other reason, the notion of running a modern urban emergency management system without cable access is ridiculous. Welcome to the 20th century, Jefferson County. Lubbock County has had access for several years, but Jefferson County got a better deal.

About five paragraphs into this posting, Philip apparently ran out of steam and manufactured sources, so he abruptly changed directions. And now for something completely different:
In other news with the commissioners - seemingly there is rumors flying that there will be a "MARCH ON THE COURTHOUSE" coming up in the next two weeks.

Apparently the goal from some of the sponsors is to attempt to shut down the street in front of the courthouse and make so much noise that commissioners cannot hear or at least hear them. And the interesting point? That both parties and the tea party will participate. Meaning that it will cross all political spectrums.
We'll revisit in two weeks, but inciting people to disrupt government illegally is a felony under 18 U.S.C. § 2101: US Code, punishable by five years in prison. This isn't news; it's another example of Klein's personal agenda.

By the end of the article, Klein veered into more familiar ground like a drunken private eye on Saturday night by resurrecting this fallacy, an appeal to ridicule (reductio ad ridiculum):
Maybe the clinic kids can come out and give free flu shots for the citizens as they march around screaming at a group that simply is so far out of touch with commissioners they cannot even see straight.
Klein previously stated in an interview with Mike McNeil on KBTV Channel 4:
Mike McNeil: How many counties in the state of Texas have a health department for their employees?

Philip R. Klein: (laughing) this is what gets me, we have a, There are none to answer your question.
Fact check: Many counties in Texas operate similar clinics. For example, a random sampling includes Dallas County, Brazos County, Mesquite County, Tom Green County, and Bexar County, among others. When Bexar County opened its employee health center, the estimated cost in savings to county taxpayers was almost a million dollars after the third year of operation. For my original article debunking Klein's mendacious claims concerning the employee health clinic, see the Fat Man in the Pool.

In Abilene, Taylor County officials are debating the implementation of an employee health care clinic in the current budget, after the City of Abilene realized big savings with just such a system:
Right now Taylor County spends up to $5 million on employee health care. Soon that number may go down, thanks to new construction at the Taylor County Plaza for the counties own health clinic.

Having their own clinic would not only cut costs, but would reduce the amount of time employees spend away from work because the clinic would be right across the street from the Taylor County courthouse.

Using the clinic will be voluntary for County employees, its estimated to cost $285,000 annually to run.

The City of Abilene already has its own health clinic and the Director of Administration for the City, Ronnie Kidd, says they have been pleased with not only the cost savings but also the benefits to their employees.
Jefferson County operates its employee health clinic under Jefferson County's in-house health care program, a shared insurance pool where the rates for pooled benefits are not affected by the actual claims of the group.  Groups benefit from the spread of risk among the pool. This is common among private industry and governmental units.

While Philip frequently denigrates Jefferson County Commissioners for their lack of experience in the private and public sectors, Klein is equally inept at both.


Anonymous said...

Gus, you blog keeps getting better and better.

The thought of Klein being arrested for insurrection is FUNNY!!! LMAO!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Klein can't get a show on cable TV because no company has that much bandwidth.

Anonymous said...

Doesn't Klein's lawyers EX-Mother in law run the Health Clinic? I see more of Philip's agenda here.

Anonymous said...

Why hasn't KBTV rebuked PRK's deliberate "disinformation" about the clinic? For that matter,
maybe 6, 12, the Examiner or The Enterprise will wake up and do a feature showing that it's SAVING tax money.

Anonymous said...

that should be "Klein's lawyers HATED ex mother in law."

Yeah, there is an agenda and it has nothing to do with saving money of taxpayers in Jefferson county. Just like most of Klein's bullshit.

Anonymous said...

heads up - dana melancon was arrested in lumberton this morning.