Friday, July 23, 2010
You Want Honesty in Government? Look to Newark?
Mayor Cory Booker posted this YouTube video of him explaining, in grim detail, the City of Newark's awful budget situation.
It's on one hand extremely scary when you think about what he's saying, but, on the other hand, it's incredibly honest for a politician to post this on his own YouTube channel and on his own Facebook profile.
You see, saying things like raising taxes, public safety layoffs, and "Draconian" budget cuts are typically not something a Mayor would say. Then again, Cory Booker is not your ordinary Mayor.
Watch the video and be amazed at the honesty and the passion. This is leadership. The ability to stand up and take responsibility for what needs to be done even if no one really likes what has to be done. In Newark, NJ, there are no winners under this budget, but it's a bit of fiscal medicine that the city is being forced to swallow thanks to revenue. There is no smoke and mirrors at work here.
Being a Mayor is something I don't aspire to be, and I salute anyone that wishes to be in that role, regardless of party.