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Well, There's a Power Struggle
By Jerry W. Engler
Last edited: Friday, December 18, 2009
Posted: Friday, December 18, 2009

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Gee, it seems the less effort I put into something, the better I'm liked--kind of like gun-slinging with such a loose holster, you shoot yourself in the foot.



Yikes! It’s nearly time for school to be out, and now the English teacher says we must complete a theme before we leave.
Oh yeah, I’m not a kid anymore...wrong authority figure. It’s the editor, not the English teacher, and it’s this column. I forgot it was due this week. I have to come up with something meaningful for you, and my wife says I really hadn’t ought to pick on Howard Collett anymore.
Sorry, Howard. It’s just that you are one of the few good guys to hold public office that I’ve known—even had the good sense to quit, and play at other games when you felt it was time.
Most people don’t seem to have that good sense. When they grab hold of a little power, they change nearly overnight, and become a problem for the rest of us instead of part of the solution we expected.
Golly, I’m almost writing about something here. It’s the power of the word, you see. I don’t seem to be giving it up even when we all know how little good I’m doing—at least that guy out on the east side of the county says I fill a lot of space while saying very little.
Take Sarah Palin, Howard. Now that woman isn’t giving up power easily.
But how can we fault her for making all of the party pros so
uncomfortable with the security of their power while turning a more than tidy profit on her book? Wouldn’t it be nice if she spoke up enough to get all of the incumbents unelected next time around?
Don’t worry, Sarah, I know they say you are ignorant and incompetent, but most of the people of that caliber did get elected last time.
Even the president seems to be rising to the low of my expectations of him while the economy survives despite all of the payoffs to investment bankers.
I think that one good grain crop in Marion County has more to do with how we do than all of the machinations of politicians and corporate leaders in power. Our efforts lay in prohibiting them from taking it from us.
Yes, I was thankful for that grain crop, but I saw in the lives of my young cousins returning from service in Iraq this Thanks­giving that you people in power still have the ways to mess with the rest of us.
Even the State of Kansas that I used to think was in the business of preserving the common good for our people is messing with us under the auspices of power-hungry politicians following the guise of budget balancing.
Our county commissioners grow tired of seeing burdens shifted to local shoulders as the state abandons its budgeting to require more taxation to pay for services at the local level.
It seems to be the new show in town—mandate something at the county level without money to help out, and point out the budget cuts you made at the state level.
Then you take away money promised to the counties, and label it as savings. Call it the “let-me-stay-in-power legislator two-step.”
Why, the ultimate legislative two-stepper could even take a wealthy company like, say, Transcanada Keystone Pipeline, and say, “We will forgive your property taxation as you cross Kansas counties if you render unto us the pleasure of your campaign donations.”
Naah, they wouldn’t do that just to hold onto power, would they?
The only thing I can think of to illustrate how it is dealing with a guy holding onto power is a question for you: “Did you ever try to break a dog of sucking eggs?”
It usually takes red pepper inside an egg for him to get the idea that he can get burnt, too.
Yikes! I better get around to finding something to write about instead of just getting more ornery every minute...something different than not picking on Howard Collett, although every time I write his name it adds two words to the theme, and I can say it just because I have the power to say it.
How about next time I talk about a movie theater for either Hillsboro or Marion? Do you Tabor and our high school students ever go on things called “dates” to movies anymore—you know, young men and young women
together....? One of the best power struggles I know of.
Courtesy of Hillsboro Free Press

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Reviewed by Randy Stensaas 1/9/2010
great story, sounds like my home town. Mayor gets in, does good the first term, runs again and it goes to his head. Wait that sounds like the US government.

Reviewed by Elizabeth Price 12/23/2009
Yes, Jerry I agree. It is better to have a grain crop then worry about how you are still being ripped off, again and again. Love the article. Liz
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 12/18/2009
As far as I can tell, Jerry; it is not any different up here. Nicely done, friend. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 12/18/2009
Hell Jerry, you worried about Kansas, we got a whole country run like that up here, they're not even ashamed to do it publicly, for instance signs saying, this project is made possible by your progressive conservative government, using my tax dollars for the sign and for the project to keep themselves in office. These monies of course, is money from the covers of the general tax revenue, from all tax payers not just conservatives, I remember some other God awful party doing this in more undemocratic times ha. What you need down Kansas is a good strong wind, and blow some fresh clean air through your system, I mean you gots lots of wind don't you, I mean Kansas of course, it's a good thing you're letting yours blow free, it might help to highlight the evils in paradise. So write my friend, Sarah will appreciate it at least, she got a lot of wind too, though I think it's an ill wind, and not one you'd want behind your back. Now I told you often enough, Jerry, you're a terrific author, and I doubt your little gems could not fetch millions, what is it that Sarah's got, you don't? maybe you don't swill enough beer, go to enough hockey games, have illegitimate children, or kill innocent wolf cubs in their den, etc, etc, and maybe you is just plain ugly, are you? ha, listen, I wish you nothing but the best of Holy days, stay away from the Corn whiskey, we need it for our new energy efforts. Jasmin Horst

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