The Cactus Speaks: ‘Why we hate politics: Did we just trade one extreme for another?’

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by Earl Gipson

Why we hate politics: Did we just trade one extreme for another?

People react differently when placed in positions of authority/power. Some favorably and some, well, not so much. We cannot read each other’s mind’s (we are all a mess up there) nor can we predict how we will react in a crisis until put there.

Un-elected Mayor Forschler is not reacting well to the city’s crisis/s or has some very poor advisors. He gets elected, not even sworn yet, and goes to another city’s council and tells them how to run things. Not a reaction you would expect. We need an Interim City Manager and Mr. Forschler leads the selection of an unknown (however local) quantity with little explanation. Not a reaction you would expect. Argues for hours opposing a CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) grant of $333K (revenue mind you) while we have a $2.7 million deficit, a $9 million judgment against the city, and holes in key city positions. Not a reaction you would expect.

In just six short weeks Mr. Forschler has spent all his (and possibly others) political capital that took years to build. This honeymoon sucked and the marriage is already on the rocks.

Below is Mr. Forschler’s latest move, as seen in typical Cactus fashion. Invited guest speaker (Mike Shea) opposing the CDBG grant to a packed Council meeting:

‘I just wanted the Council to hear both sides of the story…’

A while ago CEO Joe Fishbrain (who had risen through the ranks) of It All Smells The Same Enterprises, Inc. had some problems with racial name calling in the work place. Quick on the uptake CEO Fishbrain implemented Diversity Training. Just to make sure he covered all bases he invited the Klu Klux Klan to speak to offer an alternative opinion. CEO Fishbrain stood his ground and would not allow the Klan to wear their white robes. Meanwhile a vital internal water pipe broke in the main warehouse and flooded it completely for lack of an auto-shut off valve and personnel. The personnel were all at Diversity Training and with budget cuts you didn’t have the auto-shut off valve installed as recommended.

After refusing to resign (contracts, you know) the Board of Directors made former CEO Fishbrain the Director of Walrus Mating in Alaska, gave him a raise, an old copy of Hustler Magazine, and a case of beer. They also wished him luck.

When you have to admit you have a problem
There is no AA for political zealotry or afflictions. That’s a shame and the damage individuals do to their constituents and jurisdictions can be irreversible on a very large scale. Lets hope we are not there yet.

In closing, a personal note….
Rick, as a friend (maybe not after this column – up to you) and supporter I had advised you “not to dig in your heels unless you are prepared to be dragged out by them.”

I hear scraping now and only you can stop it. If may be too late already. It breaks my Cactus heart to write this and you know it.


14 Responses to “The Cactus Speaks: ‘Why we hate politics: Did we just trade one extreme for another?’”
  1. Mike Condon says:

    I have held this back long enough, If the people of SeaTac were serious about improving their community. They may have spent their money on a business that wanted to improve their community. Instead they supported a global company Starsucks, and a coffee shop that had ben around for years serving a cheap coffee and frozen products aka Jaspers.

    You want to improve your community, shop at a Coffee shop that has donated back to the community over $50,000.00 in 8 years.
    We may be selling the shop but the new owner has the same vision, I did call out teachers at a Mc Micken, and you should understand one thing we loved your students enough to continue to help then, but you did not!!

    • Mike Condon says:

      I knew the haters would come out on my comment, but guess what ,the truth hurts, And it hurt the community. Support businesses that support your community and see what a difference it makes. I can sleep well knowing what we accomplished with customers that care,, can the haters sleep well knowing they deprived their community??

  2. Icanpickafakenametoo says: Seriously?
    Maybe everyone should step down and let “cactus Jack”, Jack Mayne, and John Wyble run the city. Oh, and if they don’t get it perfect by month two, get along, keep their meetings short, and make EVERYONE happy, let’s all call for them to step down, because two months is MORE than enough time to get good at something. *insert HUGE eyeroll* This city is full of complainers. Go out and find someone with problems and help them instead of complaining. Holy crap.

  3. Paul Garrity says:

    While I do see a problem with some of the shoot from the hip moves Rick is making I would have to Agree with a previous post let’s stop complaining about everything that happens for awhile and watch and see if he can right the ship. The previous council had years to do the damage, give the new council a little more than 1 1/2 months before stoning them. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

  4. Doris Cassan says:

    At this council meeting, some words were spoken about the case involving a family ranch in Oregon, father/son. In today’s environment, farmers and ranchers are being over whelmed with EPA regulations, wet lands, endangered species, etc in order for the government to either take over land by bankrupting one in law suits or causing the land to be un-useable. Some lands have actually been taken and given to another individual. (crony capitalism) As many of you know, I am a big advocate of property rights. I personally have suffered because of over reaching government regarding property rights,

    This case was about property rights. Hundreds and hundreds of pages to review, but it is my understanding the father/son used control burning on their property. A small fire crossed the fence onto government property, a cost to the government of approximately $400. For this, the father/son was charged with arson/terrorism by the government with assistance from a number of environmental groups.

    They were found guilty. (Farmers/ranchers do not have unlimited resources to pay for attorneys as the unlimited resources (tax payer dollars) does the government.) The original judge gave the son a few months jail time and a monetary fine but did not give the 72 year old father any jail time. That was not good enough for the government so another judge declared the maximum penalty, five years in prison for both and a larger fine.

    The father/son did not ask support from the other group but they did so as many of then had endured similar treatment. It is not that they do not like the government but they want a government that works for all, not over reaching take over of their property or crony capitalism. Our own local government has been involved with over reaching, the reason for the Kingen case.

    • Mysty Beal says:

      No dice. I come from a ranching family and we paid for both national forest and private pasture to graze our cows. While we didn’t like the rules set down by the government, most of which were duplicated by the private landowners, we kept our mouths shut because we were paying 1/10th of what we had to pay for private pasture. All fees paid were driven right back into improving the grazing allotments on the national forest. Don’t weep for the Hammonds or Bundys – most ranchers hate the Bundys because they haven’t paid their grazing fees in 20 years, while everyone else has. The arsonist Hammonds set the grazing areas on fire to cover the fact that they were poaching deer (burned the carcass and the fire got out of control).

      If you wish to advocate for property rights, that’s one thing – but to use the felonious dead-ender Hammonds or Bundys to advance your argument is a non-starter

  5. Michael T Kovacs says:

    One extremist against the other.

    This one should resign.

  6. Jo Hill says:

    Earl? Et to brute?

  7. seatac resident says:

    I agree with Mr Gipson and relayed all my thoughts in Mr Mayne’s article. This City is becoming a joke and I cannot emphasize how important it is to get a experienced City Manager before internal decisions are made and we keep digging deeper into the deficit. Let’s push council to hire a City Manager to lead the City and not to cut services.

  8. Seatac Sucks says:

    It took Obama almost 8 years to turn around all of George W’s screw ups…give the new guard a chance.

    I’m sure they’re also being sabotaged from the inside, by the city employees still loyal to the old administration.

  9. seatac resident says:

    No one is sabotaging the new council members, they are making their own choices. Don’t you watch the council meetings? do you see anyone forcing them to make a decision? This is all on them, do not blame city employees or the public. Only they have the authority.

  10. Publius says:

    The lack of logic and reason in the blog makes it incredibly hard to read.

    When referring to the Mayor Forschler, Gipson states that “People react differently when placed in positions of authority/power. Some favorably and some, well, not so much.” However, he neglects to mention the obvious: that the people that were placed into positions of authority/power on the council and inside city government reacted badly. This is why there’s a $2.7 million deficit! The people, smartly applied their own logic and reason and saw fit to throw these people out, so that new leadership and management could bring forth fresh ideas.

    This lack of logic and reason takes second place to Gibson’s apparent fear of contrary opinions and ideas.

    Like some entitled Millennial advocating “safe space” on campus to guard them against being “triggered,” Gipson and people of his ilk, are doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past by retarding critical thinking on complex issues like the CDBG grant funds (which are not just straight “revenue”). The people, if anything, aren’t looking for the “reaction you would expect.” They are looking for new ideas… Even if they are contrary or scary… 

    Moreover, this blog’s slow and clumsy character and resume assassination of the Interim City Manager is equally appalling.

    At times, posts have entered into acerbic rhetoric not seen since the days of the Vietnam War protests where service members were attacked and marginalized. In fact, the ICM’s time in uniform and top-tier education makes him amongst the most qualified for SeaTac’s current situation. 

Gipson and his cohort’s naked partisanship and bias against service members serving in city government is now on the record.

    As Gipson said previously, “people react differently when placed into positions of authority/power…” That’s entirely correct, but just not the way he’d like…

  11. Outside Observer says:

    It’s been interesting to sit back and watch over the past few months as this election and its aftermath have unfolded. This particular exchange has been particularly interesting (if not disturbing), as those who are true outsiders have been on the attack on this blog. Although I’ve done my best to stay out of SeaTac political commentary by popular demand of those who contribute here, I’ve decided to indulge myself just this once since I find myself decidedly less the outsider than normal.

    For those who have demonized me as an outsider despite living in the city across the street from SeaTac (and marrying someone who grew up in SeaTac), I want to make sure the irony of this situation is not lost. Mayor Forschler apparently felt that there was nobody in the populous Puget Sound area who could to speak to the danger of HUD grants, so he had to call on someone from all the way across the state (a true outsider if I’ve ever heard of one), who just happens to be someone who I don’t even feel right calling a conservative because he’s so far off the end of the spectrum. For the record, there was once a time where I wouldn’t have been uncomfortable considering myself as a Republican (I’ve always been an unaffiliated voter–and still am–for anyone who cares), but I fear that the “big tent” is shrinking to the point where I doubt you could fit a five-year-old in it, especially if it hews to the ideology of one Rep. Shae.

    Now a couple of Rep. Shea’s supporters are chiming in here. I’ve been called a bully by a current city council member, a slight that I’ll forgive as a misunderstanding of what internet bullies actually look like. These people are not here simply to win an argument; they don’t even care about the argument. They’re here to defame, discredit, and humiliate. They yell about how their opponents are trying to shut down debate while simultaneously shouting down their opponents by calling them names and dismissing them as cowards and irrational haters. Their aim is to shut down debate simply by forcing people to leave the room with their ears covered in self-defense, leaving themselves alone in the room to congratulate themselves on how everyone now in the room agrees with them.

    Folks, don’t let our local Northwest politics become the same as what’s happening across the nation. We can’t begin to trust our elected representatives until we elect representatives who value solutions over ideology and ego, and to do that, we need to stop yielding to the voices of those whose pockets and egos profit from discord and anger. Regardless of your political leanings, be the voice of reason in these unreasonable times. Prove to the country that freedom of speech does not belong only to those who yell the loudest.