Score another one for the astute and informed (and mildly psychic) readers of this blog. The very thing I was going to put up as a topic today - the bickering and infighting between Clallam County's titans of "economic development" - has already been commented on here. Those comments go thus:
"...in other news (and by news I mean the
same thing we always get) EDC bigwig Bill Greenwood is objecting to the
composite recycling site. Okay, fair enough, doesn't hurt to look at these
things objectively. But what's he mostly worried about? Using public funds to
startup a business. Really? The EDC recently had their own hand out for some
Opportunity Fund money, while they publicly recommended investing in the
slowly-dwindling, not-producing-jobs timber industry.
But it's his alternatives that crack me up. The EDC is spending good money to
put up an official from a hotel company who MAY want to build here, and an
official who MAY want to train bush pilots. Say what you will about the
recycling center, at least there appears to be a plan in place. Do either of
these "officials" have anything more substantial than a memo scrawled
on a hotel napkin? Or are these like all the other empty promises we get fed
year after year?
Honestly, this sounds like simple infighting between the Port and the EDC on
which gets known as the bringer of JOBS! JOBS! JOBS! We may ever be seeing the
beginnings of a good ol' Clallam tantrum. We'll see if it reaches Madsen
levels. That was epic to watch, in a dysfunctional sort of way."
This is an interesting development, given the collusion that is usually going on in Clallam County between all the crooks in charge of things. It's also hot on the heels of the Port stabbing inside goon Lee Whetham's campaign in the back with their Lincoln Park pronouncement.
"There are a multitude of risks associated with this project," said Greenwood in an email sent to Clallam County Commissioners on Wednesday. "I firmly believe that no venture investor or normal investor would give consideration to (the composites recycling center) in its present state."
His comments came under harsh criticism from proponents who say the proposal would generate growth and create jobs.
Meanwhile, Jim McEntire is supportive of spending the money, even if the composites recycling center goes belly up, because it still leaves the Port with an "asset that's usable by the Port no matter what happens." Translation: If we don't build something then none of us get our graft.
So the County props up the EDC, whose director is now undercutting the Port, to the consternation of the County Commissioners, and on and on. Lee Whetham does the dirty work needed to get on the City Council, where he's being positioned for bigger and better things, only to have his budding campaign for Port Commissioner spiked by the Port's airport manager. This makes all the infighting with the PADA, and between the PADA and the City, look like a group hug.
What gives? I thought all you crooks and conmen were singing from the same songbook? So why the bickering, sniping and general discord? Could it be that you're all in dire financial straits? Could it be that you're all seeing the grant gravy train leaving the station? Could it be that there are fewer suckers to fleece, and fewer State and Federal dollars in circulation? Could it be that, instead of circling your wagons, you're all watching out for your own wagon, and the hell with everyone else?
In other words, now that these snakes and sharks have fed off of the public all they can, could it be they're starting to feed on each other?