It's good to try and grow personally and professionally.
It's good to set standards.
It's good to have goals.
But it's foolish to open your mouth and let random numbers come tumbling out with nothing to support them. Especially when those numbers are attached to the word "jobs." And especially when those numbers, and that word "jobs" are being bandied about in Clallam County.
So it's foolish, yes, but the hot air-filled egos in charge of various governing bodies just can't seem to help themselves. If you run into a politician at the coffee shop and say hello, they're likely to respond with something like "Creating twelve new jobs by noon today!" It's a sad, counterproductive epidemic.
Said epidemic is currently raging through the Port of Port Angeles...
Port of Port Angeles Commissioners have committed themselves to increasing Clallam County employment by 1,250 jobs by 2020. That figure tops the Port's vision of a "prosperous Clallam County" that's part of the strategic plan Commissioners discussed at their meeting last week.
“That's an audacious goal, but it's not impossible,” said Commissioner Jim Hallett, repeating his contention that the port should be the county's lead economic development agency. "Some of that we'd darn well better do, or the public should vote us out," he said.
“We need to be the lead on this. The other agencies, the EDC [Economic Development Council], they're fine, but this is our exclusive domain."
CCO stands for Corrupt, Creepy and Obnoxious.
Sigh...Which part of this is most idiotic? The random number? The fact that it tops their own previous number from just last week? Is it the part where, after setting this goal, Hallett says they better do "some" of it? Or is it the part when he says people should vote them out - at some future date when they may not be holding that office anymore anyway? Maybe it's the part where he claims this is the Port's "exclusive domain."
Or maybe the whole thing is idiotic. I'd even go so far as to suggest that, if we drilled down into Jim Hallett's feverish pinhead, we'd discover that it's empty, and that he himself is idiotic.
Idiotic, yes, but holding a position of authority. A position he gained in an uncontested election. Proving once again that in Clallam County, you don't have to be smart, you don't have to be honest, and you don't have to be legitimate. You just have to take what you want, and the hell with the public.
Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! By this time tomorrow! I PROMISE!