Sucking up gets you nowhere

Jan. 24, 2012

By Steven Greenhut

The following statement, which came from a press release, earns my vote for Shameless Suck Up of the Week: “ACEC California applauds Governor Brown for his tireless efforts to balance the state budget.  We are very pleased that in his State of the State speech Governor Brown stressed California’s urgent need for regulatory streamlining particularly of the California Environmental Quality Act, a secure and stable water supply, an improved and expanded transportation system and more job creation,” said Paul Meyer, Executive Director of the American Council of Engineering Companies.

My translation: Please let our private engineers have some of the work from all the new spending programs you are proposing, governor. We know you are going to give most of the work to your union allies, so we are issuing pathetic statements such as this one in the hopes of currying a little favor and getting a few taxpayer-funded scraps.

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  1. CalWatchdog
    CalWatchdog Author 24 January, 2013, 16:08

    They’re going to get a big chunk of the High-Speed Rail pork. About which the only thing high-speed in reality will be the velocity of our money going into the porksters’ pockets.

    — John Seiler

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  2. CalWatchdog
    CalWatchdog Author 24 January, 2013, 16:10

    No wonder our state is in such a mess. The only “private” companies that get ahead are the ones that live off of government largesse and who play this ridiculous political games.
    –Steven

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  3. Steve
    Steve 24 January, 2013, 16:55

    Here I thought this was going to be a post about the Capitol Press Corps.

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  4. Donkey
    Donkey 24 January, 2013, 17:34

    I was vacationing in Barcelona, Spain the last two weeks, just taking in the beauty of Cantolonia and Tarrgona.

    At breakfast we were reading the UK Financial Times, and happened across a story on California and what a wonderful job Jerry Brown has done increasing revenue and stimulating the economy, and at the same time erasing the entire debt of our once great state.

    Needless to point out, all eight of us present were quit surprised that the lies and propaganda put out by our state government were taken so seriously by the Brits. As some posters have pointed out, our press in most instances is working just like Pravada, and our tv media is on par with Bagdad Bob.

    Thanks for the honest information we recieve from Calwatchdog! 🙂

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  5. CalWatchdog
    CalWatchdog Author 24 January, 2013, 19:45

    Donkey: The FT has a lot of great news, but is written by leftists more erudite than their American counterparts. So it’s better written, with more information, but the bias still is there. They still worship Marx and Keynes.

    — John Seiler

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  6. Dyspeptic
    Dyspeptic 24 January, 2013, 20:30

    “At breakfast we were reading the UK Financial Times, and happened across a story on California and what a wonderful job Jerry Brown has done increasing revenue and stimulating the economy, and at the same time erasing the entire debt of our once great state.”

    Any increase in revenue and related budget balancing is strictly theoretical at this point and based entirely on bogus budget projections which are the product of fraudulent static modeling that is about as reliable as a British built car.

    Apparently the pasty faced limeys at The Financial Times are about as financially astute as the city council of Bell.

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  7. Dyspeptic
    Dyspeptic 24 January, 2013, 20:40

    “My translation: Please let our private engineers have some of the work from all the new spending programs you are proposing, governor.”

    Back when I was still working in the civil engineering business I got a job with a local transportation engineering company. The engineering manager used to brag that he would do anything to get a government contract, which constituted about 50% of our business. He was later implicated in a sleazy land deal where he used his political connections to buy up unused condemned land on the cheap and then flip it to developers for a quick profit. These sort of unprincipled creeps are actually pretty common in the very politically correct infrastructure engineering business.

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  8. SkippingDog
    SkippingDog 24 January, 2013, 22:35

    Did you make your money sucking up for government contracts, Donkey?

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  9. jimmydeeoc
    jimmydeeoc 24 January, 2013, 23:06

    Sounds like The Financial Times is so easily bamboozled they make Manti T’eo seem savvy by comparison.

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  10. Donkey
    Donkey 25 January, 2013, 07:41

    Skdog, I made my money through hard work, smart decisions, creative design, and putting my education and life choices into a business that needed my inovation. I invented/created machined parts that are used everyday in areospace.

    You chose to lach on to the RAGWUS teet and feed off the private sector citizens labor. Your choice helped create the PIC we gave today, the PIC is a recent creaton of the RAGWUS(Started growing in 1988),and the leading indicator that points to how totalitarian our government has become, and with henchmen like you in the RAGWUS, will continue to become even more abusive. Just ask the family of Doug Zerby how accountable the LE RAGWUS is when they murder an innocent, unarmed private sector citizen. Ask Ashley MacDonalds family how the brave men of your LE cabal deal with diminutive teenage girls. How many families did you distroy Skdog, using your corrupt bureaucratic power, with its ability to lie, steal, abuse, and murder citizens with no accountability? 🙂

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